This spring has brought a lot of heavy rain and thunderstorms to our area, it’s safe to say the April showers have extended into May. Unfortunately, these heavy rains can cause flooding, leaks, and other plumbing problems that affect your pipes. A little preventative maintenance can go a long way as we get further into storm season. Here are a few tips for preparedness, before and after a heavy rain storm.
- Ensure your sump pump is in working order. If you do not have a sump pump and live in an area where basement flooding is a problem, consider investing in a sump pump. These pumps divert water from your basement to the outside. Check your outside pipes for clogs. Test your sump pump by pouring water down into it and waiting for the pump to kick on and start pumping the water out.
- Clear debris from your gutters and drains to prevent blockages that will cause damage to your pipes. Turn drains away from your septic drain-field to prevent flooding over your septic system.
- Shut off your water to prevent contaminated water from getting into your homes supply. Ration water by opening a faucet furthest away from the main line so air enters the system.
- Stop the electric/gas supply to your water heater. Heating and tanking water causes extra pressure that is not needed during a storm.
- Do a post-storm inspection. The weather changes in the blink of an eye but you will want to give your plumbing a good inspection. Turn your water back on and test your faucets, toilets, and showers, reduced pressure could mean a leak or other problems in your pipes. Look for shifting in the ground such as shrubs and trees that may have moved, these could cause crushed or cracked pipes. Watch for mold that is caused by leaks.