Hurricane Plumbing Preparation
Hurricanes are a scary thing. Especially for us Floridians. With the emergence of Hurricane Matthew, several Caribbean Islands have been dismantled by the storm, and unfortunately Florida may possibly be facing the same fate. There are many things you should be doing to prepare for this hurricane, but since we’re only plumbing experts we’ll limit our advice to just some hurricane plumbing preparation tips.
Hurricane Plumbing Preparation Tips: What can you do?
- Sump Pumps
Sump pumps are a very handy tool to have when trying to reduce flooding. If you have one of these make sure its outside pipes are clear and free of any clogs. Pour a couple gallons down its crock and make sure it is on in time for the flood.
- Drain Systems
Heavy rains can affect your gutter drain system. If you can check your roof gutters and downspouts to make sure they are securely fastened. You also want to make sure there isn’t debris that would block water from draining as fast as possible. Also check your roadside curbs and swales and clear those of any debris to prevent any backup.
- Consider Shutting Off Your Water
This may be a necessity in case of an emergency during the storm. It might be a better idea to shut off your water now before the storm than have to do it in the middle of the storm if need be. This can also prevent contaminated water from entering your water supply.
- Shut Down Your Water Heater
Turning off the gas or electricity to your heater can be a good move for the safety of your home and its inhabitants. This will also take a lot of stress off your plumbing system and also serves as a good emergency supply of water if you need it.
- After The Storm
Once the storm has blown over, turn your water main back on and turn on the water heater. Run your faucets and showers and make sure your water runs okay. If not, of course do not hesitate to call a professional plumber to inspect your plumbing and make sure all is well.
So make sure to put up your shutters, stock up and water and canned food, and take good care of your plumbing this hurricane season!