Many times, an unexpected natural disaster like hurricanes or heavy rain downpour hits and it leaves home owners distraught and in a panic, usually because of the flooding. Luckily, most flooding comes from the nuisance of leaky, faulty, cracked or broken plumbing and appliances. The good news, this means it’s preventable on your end. We are going to give you a few tips and tricks in order to protect your home from flooding. If you feel that your house in Middle TN is in immediate need of plumbing assistance, don’t hesitate to call us at Jack Ward & Sons at 615-227-2811.
Determine Flooding Risk
First, determine your area’s risk of flooding. According to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), all 50 states have faced flooding in the past 5 years. Check their website here to check your area’s flood risk. Another thing you can do if you are particularly new to the area is ask around. Asking neighbors if they have had to deal with flooding or damages from flooding can help get a precise depiction of the area’s flood risk, to prepare for long term.
Get a Sump Pump Installed, like Yesterday!
Next, it is a good idea to get a sump pump installed in the lowest point of your basement or crawlspace. After a heavy rain, groundwater can collect in these places and ruin your home’s foundation. With a sump pump, it will flow into the sump pit and get pumped out and carried away from your home. Waiting until your crawlspace or basement is flooded to give us a call can be pricey. Act now!
Prevent Frozen Pipes
In the Fall months, the weather gets colder and this is a great time to prepare and prevent your pipes from freezing in the Winter. Frozen pipes can oftentimes result in bursting and cracking, leaving you with a mess, a high water bill and larger plumbing bill than you would’ve had, had you just prevented those freezing pipes in the first place.
To prevent those pipes from freezing, you should:
1. Keep the doors inside your house open, which will maintain nice warm airflow throughout the house. Sometimes pipes are located in cabinets, so it is an excellent idea to keep those cabinets open.
2. Keep that garage door closed, and this will do two things: it will keep your house from trying so hard to stay warm, and it will keep the heat in your garage (keeping pipes warm if they are in your garage).
3. Ensure that there are no drafts by your pipes. Feel around and if you feel a draft, if one is felt, then caulk any cracks that could be letting the cold air in.
4. Lastly, insulate those pipes. Special sleeves made from fiberglass or foam can be found at local home improvement stores.
Hopefully, these tips can help you to protect your home from potential flooding. If you suspect your Nashville home may have a leak or flooding and are unsure of what to do about it, don’t hesitate to give Jack Ward & Sons a call at 615-227-2811. We will make sure you get it solved, because no plumbing job is too big or too small! Whether residential or commercial plumbing, we are here to serve you.