The recent hurricane Florence has caused severe damage in the state of South Carolina. Power interruptions, roadway closures, flooding, and evacuations have been experienced in many areas.
How are your pipes holding up?
Heavy rainstorms can put tension on drain systems and pipelines, and you might find your pipes pestered with issues in the after-effects of a wicked storm.
Plumbing Concerns to Watch Out After A Storm
Obstructed Drains or Clogged Water Lines
Pipelines and drain pipes can end up being obstructed after heavy rainstorms due to the enormous quantity of leaves, dirt, and particles that can accumulate and block drains pipes. Obstructed drains pipes throughout heavy storms are typical as they are usually not created to handle big volumes of water. If rain gutters have not been cleaned up, the rain will also press any leaves and particles that the rain gutters hold into the drain developing a larger obstruction. Remember that obstructed outdoor drains pipes can trigger flooding and damage to your home.
Persistent heavy rains can trigger a burst pipeline due to the ground moving and putting pressure on the pipelines that lie underground. When the ground is saturated with water, it softens enough that moving soil and rocks can strain or break your buried pipelines. If pipelines end up being crushed or broken, dirt and particles can seep inside and clog your pipes, doing more damage. If you find staining, grit, or particles in the water coming from your faucets after a storm, you most likely have broken underground pipelines. Have a plumbing professional find the crack and have it repaired or replaced immediately.
Basement or Crawl Area Flooding
A flooded basement or crawl area can produce a lot of issues in your house. Whether your crawl area or basement has handled an abundance of water due to heavy rain, a drain backup, or broken and dripping pipelines, the resulting standing water is a significant issue that must be resolved immediately. If left unattended, it could cause more damage to your house’s structure. Standing water and excess moisture in a basement can also produce an appealing breeding place for mold as well as typical crawl area bugs like mice, rats, and termites.
Water that has accumulated in the basement should be eliminated as quickly as possible with either a wet-vac or a sump pump. These are normally the most efficient techniques. When the water is eliminated now is the time to dry the basement or crawl area completely using a dehumidifier. This will considerably minimize the growth of molds. It is better to ask help from a professional plumbing service just to be sure.
If you believe that the recent hurricane has damaged or clogged up your pipes, or you’re experiencing continuous flooding in your crawl area or basement, call Plumbing Pros Florence to help you identify and fix the issue.
Plumbing Experts Florence
Florence, SC 29501