5 Post Hurricane Plumbing Problems to Watch For
We are happy to inform you about possible problems that may be awaiting you when you return to your home after the evacuation from Florida.
1. Are toilets draining slower than usual?
Schedule a Sewer Line Inspection – Because sewer lines are underground, flooding and storm surges can cause them to shift and not drain properly. A professional should inspect your sewer line to prevent any problems in the future.
2. Hidden water leaks? Keep your eyes peeled for water leaks. It is common for water to leak after a hurricane. Leakage can also occur if the pipes are under stress or damaged. Check your water meter when there is no water in your home. If the meter is running, you may have a slab leak. To avoid more flooding or damage and to prevent an excessive water bill, a professional should be called immediately.
3. Water heaters that are exposed to outside water can become shorted and lose some or all of their functionality, making hot water less hot. It is possible that one or more heater elements have failed, causing hot water to drop. This can lead to water becoming warmer but less hot. You can lose some of the heating power but it will still work. We are happy to inspect the hot water heater for you.
4. Are your gas lines leaking? High winds, heavy precipitation and debris flying through air can all cause gas line damage. In the event that a hurricane strikes, make sure to inspect your gas lines for any potential leaks. A gas leak can be detected by smelling rotten eggs and hearing a hissing sound from the line. Natural gas is toxic and flammable, so a gas line leak can be dangerous. To ensure your safety and that of your family, you should immediately call the gas company to request a quick repair.
5. Call a professional if you have any questions or concerns about your plumbing. We will review your system and make recommendations to repair it or let you know that you have a strong plumbing system that has weathered the storms.
This post was written by Joey Denick. Joey is the Owner and Operator of Clog Kings. At Clog Kings, LLC, we pride ourselves on our dedication and efficiency. We know you don’t have time to waste. That’s why we work fast to get your home or commercial building back up and running in no time. If you are looking for Pinellas Plumbing then look no further because we got you covered!