How To Survive Without Running Water In The House

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What would you do if your plumbing broke down and you suddenly had to survive without running water? It can be difficult, but it can be done for a brief period. You just have to know how to handle the major issues that require running water use.

Sanitation

If there is no running water, then you have to be extra careful with your hand sanitation. One tip is to fill a spray bottle with water and antibacterial soap or oil. Whenever you want to clean your hands, spray them with the solution, wash thoroughly and then rinse with water in a container.

As for wiping things (such as table tops), forget about using sponges until your water is restored.  Sponges quickly get dirty and germ-filled if they aren't thoroughly cleaned. Instead, opt for cloths and rags – things that you can toss in the garbage or even preserve for laundering later.

Food Matters

Preparing a full meal and cleaning up thoroughly afterwards can be very complicated if you don't have enough water. Therefore, it is best to resort to disposable utensils. In fact, you can also reduce the number of utensils used for food preparation by making meals that you can stick in the freezer and warm them up for subsequent meals.

Bathroom Issues

Showers and toilets consume a lot of water, a lot more than the average person is likely to have stocked up for emergency. Therefore, you have to adapt to make use of the little water available. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Flush the solids every time you use the toilet, but not the liquids
  • Keep a bucket of water, even grey water, and use it to fill the tank and the flush toilet
  • If you use toilet paper for other uses other than toilet use, don't flush it; instead, dump it in the wastebasket

As for bathing, a sponge bath may not be ideal, but it will still get the job done. Dip a washcloth into the little water you have for bathing and move it all over your body. Next, squirt a little soap onto the cloth, use it to lather up and then massage or scrub your body with the washcloth. After that, all you need to do is to re-soak the washcloth to rid it of soap, and then use it to get rid of the soap on your skin. Use broad, sweeping motions for maximum efficiency.

Note that these are just that – survival tips for emergency cases. Only use them until you can get an emergency plumber to fix your lack of running water. For more information or tips, contact a business such as Abbey Plumbing & Heating Co.

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