The hurricane season in southwestern Florida along the Gulf of Mexico runs
between June 1 and November 30. The high winds and flooding associated
with this season are a concern for most infrastructures.
During this often damaging season, make sure to protect your plumbing along
with your home. Ensure that your plumbing is in good working order before
a storm hits. To protect your plumbing before the winds start, you should
check the following:
The heavy rain most tropical storms and hurricanes produce can damage your
home's gutter system. To ensure the water will
drain as intended, clear any debris from the gutters, and check that the gutters,
spouts, and drains are securely in place. Re-attach or replace anything
that is loose or rusty. It is always safer to use a professional service,
who can diagnose and trouble shoot problems easier.
Remember that the most severe storms can affect the inside as well as the
outside of a home. Inside the home, check the drains for function by running
or pouring water through them and seeing how long it takes to drain completely.
If the water doesn't drain within a few seconds, a product such as
Drano may help, but it can also make the problem worse. Consider having
the pipes snaked and cleaned professionally.
Have the septic tank or sewer line cleaned regularly to avoid unpleasant
backups that heavy rains and flooding can cause. Main line malfunction,
clogged toilets and sinks, and harsh odors from the drains are signs of
a potential backup. Any evidence of a backup is reason to turn off all
AC and heating units and contact a plumbing professional as soon as possible.
Cracks in the foundation of a home are not always visible, but could be
the root cause of ongoing or potential flooding or plumbing issues. Walk
along the perimeter of your home and check for signs of stress in the
concrete at the bottom, which is the foundation's exterior. While
it's possible to can patch visible blemishes yourself, a foundation
repair specialist should assess the damage and review treatment options with you.
Contact a Professional
Backups and flooding can cause potentially irreversible damage to your
home during a tropical storm or hurricane. If there are problems with
your home's drainage or foundation,
contact a plumber who can help you prepare your home for what nature may bring.
Before the winds and rains is also a great time to have a professional
trouble shoot your property for potential problems that may arise from
hurricane season. Contact The Eco Plumbers today.