Hurricanes and other major weather disasters can wreak havoc on your home and neighborhood. In addition to downed power lines, uprooted trees, flooded streets, and damaged roofs, there could be many major issues that are not immediately obvious. Problems with your plumbing system are common after major weather events.
After a hurricane, make sure you check the following plumbing elements in your home:
Schedule a Sewer Line Inspection
Sewer lines are located in the ground. Any type of major storm can cause the ground to shift, creating potential problems with the sewer line. If the line becomes detached or ruptured during the storm, you may notice sewer line problems such as difficulty flushing the toilet, water and debris backwashing into your sink or tub, or bad smells coming from your drains. Any number of these issues indicates a sewer line problem that requires professional attention.
Check Gas Lines
High winds, strong precipitation, and debris flying through the air can also damage your gas lines. In the event of a hurricane, always check your gas lines for potential leaks. Signs of a gas leak include smelling rotten eggs or noticing a hissing sound coming from the line. A gas line leak is dangerous because natural gas is flammable and toxic to humans. If you suspect a gas leak, call for a fast repair and inform the gas company right away to keep your family safe.
Keep an Eye Out for Water Leaks
It’s common for leaks to spring up after a hurricane. If the pipes were under stress or if parts of your home were damaged, the pipes could also burst or sustain damage that causes leaks. Inspect your pipes for any potential cracks or leaks. Keep a special eye out for slab leaks, which are located underneath the concrete slab of your home. These water leaks require immediate attention from a professional.
Inspect Your Sump Pump
Sump pumps are designed to move excess water away from your home’s foundation and pump it away from the house. With the intense precipitation that comes with a hurricane, it’s important to make sure your sump pump has done its duty and is still working to protect you during the next storm. If your basement or crawlspace did not flood during the storm, you probably have your sump pump to thank. After the storm, check the sump pump over and ensure there is no damage to the motor or tank. A professional inspection is also a good idea to make sure all your bases are covered.
For further help with your after-hurricane plumbing checklist, call the experts at Henry Plumbing. We can help make sure your plumbing systems are working safely and efficiently after a major weather event. Call 912-352-9827 for an appointment today.