Unfortunately, its that time of year where big swirling storms arrive from the lower Atlantic. This is all part of nature’s way of redistributing heat from the equator. Florida just happens to be in the way a lot of the time.
There are some simple steps you can take to help prepare your plumbing for the oncoming storms. In this article we will go over what you can do.
- Clean storm drains and gutters. There is no time like the present to get up there and clear out that gutter. Damage can be done to your structure if these things are not clear and able to perform their job.
- Make sure all incoming lines are sealed. Make sure that there is no large gaps around the plumbing that is coming into your home. This applies to electric and gas lines as well. If there are large gaps around these utility lines, water will find its way into your home. This is important especially if you are in an area that floods.
- Seal sewer plugs and caps tight. This is the easiest one to accomplish. Just go to your sewer traps and make sure everything is secure.
Another helpful tip for when a hurricane isn’t bearing down on us is to install a backwater check valve. This keeps water liquid from flowing back into your home through the pipes. Often times this liquid is very dirty and dangerous.
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