Published on September 23, 2017

Plumbing Tips Before a Hurricane Hits

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Hurricane Irma caused mass destruction to the state of Florida. It caused stress, anxiety, and fatigue preparing for the storm and then waiting the storm out. Even after the storm was gone people were left having to clean up the mess and pull themselves back together. Homes and vehicles were ruined, personal belongings were damaged, and some of these things could have been avoided. Many homes were flooded from rising creeks or oceans, but some homes were flooded from plumbing mishaps. Even if your home wasn’t properly prepared in the past, don’t feel bad because you can always better yourself for the future.

Here are some helpful tips to help you prepare your home’s plumbing for a hurricane:

Gutters

Check your gutters around your roof and make sure they are properly secured. Anything that is loose is likely to be blown off your house and could damage your home or even your neighbors’ homes. Make sure the water is properly draining and free of debris. If there is a lot of debris in your gutters this will block the water from draining.

Battery operated pump

During hurricanes, there is a high chance that you will be without power and water for a few days. Consider installing a battery-operated pump that will help you in desperate times. A battery-operated backup pump is quick and easy to install, and you can purchase one at an affordable price.

Water pressure

After the power goes out and the water pressure lessens you can open a faucet at the highest point in your home and then use the water from the lowest faucet in the home. Opening the highest faucet lets the air naturally flow through it making it easier for the water to come out at a faster pace from the lowest point.

Emergency water supply

Fill any bathtubs and sinks with water for emergency use. This will be helpful for flushing the toilet and doing the dishes or bathing. You can also find clean water in the water heater. Make sure to disinfect any water before using it for drinking or cooking.

If you are evacuating your home make sure to turn off the main water valve to avoid any flooding in your home. If you need any help with your plumbing in Viera, Florida from Hurricane Irma please reach out to us at Sun Plumbing.

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