Having what you want means sometimes means sacrificing and working for it. Living on the coastline, being near sandy, palm beaches is one of those things that many people want but aren’t aware of the amount of work that goes into preparing for a storm and hurricane. It takes a great deal of work to maintain this level of living, especially if hurricanes are to be expected and prepared for (and dealt with should they happen). Believe it or not, your plumbing needs to be prepared for storms like a big hurricane. Being that hurricane season is approaching quickly, we want to give you a little heads up about plumbing tips and tricks to better help you prepare for those Spring and Summer storms.
Take Advantage of the Calm Before the Storm
- Unless you want some water contamination from the storm, you should definitely locate and shut off the main water valve. This is essential to do before the storm because some homes have valves located outside within a pit or near the property line. In order to help locate your shut off valve, follow these tips- For basements, look near the front foundation wall. In a crawl space with no basement or slab-on-grade construction, the shut off valve may be near the water heater or under the kitchen sink.
- Something that is often overlooked that you want to pay special attention to are the drains and gutters around your home. Check for any debris like dry leaves, paper or garbage, bird nests, sticks or twigs, etc that can block water from draining properly. If water cannot drain properly during the storm or hurricane, then it could result in water damage to the foundation of your home as well as flooding sewer systems.
- This might seem a little tedious, but it is sometimes necessary to acquire water testing strips to have handy to use after the storm. Having this on hand will determine whether water is safe to drink after the storm (being that you cannot check with your local utility department.
When the storm is said and done
- Those testing strips will come on handy for testing water but try to make sure to call your local utility company before turning the water back on to know if the water is safe to use and/or drink. The reason for checking safety of water is because tidal surges and flooding happens, all while water treatment plants may be out of commission during this time.
- If you have a well, it is important to disinfect it with 4-6% chlorine, non-scented household bleach to ensure any and all infectious agents are killed. Replace all filters and membranes of your water treatment system, due to them being contaminated as well.
- Check all faucets and toilets before turning water back on. Shifted roots as a result of strong winds can cause big problems for plumbing.
Hurricanes and strong storms can ruin any good time. Don’t get caught up chasing after yourself trying to fix something you could have prevented and follow those simple steps to ensure some water and plumbing safety in your home. If you find that a major storm has hit by your house in the middle TN or Nashville area, be sure to give Jack Ward and Sons a call at