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Important Plumbing Elements to Check After a Hurricane


Hurricanes can have a lot of major effects on our homes, neighborhood, and community. Aside from the emotional and physical stressors that can arise from a natural calamity- financial stressors can also come into play especially when it comes to the repairs that were caused by the natural occurrence.

As much as we would like to prepare for the worst, after a storm, there are also a lot of things that we need to take into account when it comes to maintaining a fully functioning home. Downed lines, trees that have been uprooted from the storm, damaged roofs, flooded streets and other factors can contribute to the slow onset of major issues that can damage our homes, especially our plumbing systems. So now that the storm has passed, what should we do now?

  1. Set up an inspection of your sewer lines

Although it doesn’t seem like the hurricane made any difference to lines located in the ground, storms can actually cause grounds to change and shift. This shifting of the land can cause potential problems with your sewers lines such as detachments or others which may be noticed when you flush your toilet. Another indication of a problem with your sewer lines is the backwashing of sinks, toilets or tubs and even the onset of foul odors which may occur around your drains that could spread throughout your home.

Setting an appointment with your local plumber is the first thing you should do once the initial stressors have settled down and you can begin to make the necessary maintenance of your home.

Also, make sure to double check your water lines and sump pumps.

  1. Inspect your gas lines

Inspecting your gas lines is something that you can do on your own and is definitely something you should do as soon as possible. The high winds and strong precipitation brought upon by the storm, including flying debris, can interfere with gas lines and eventually cause huge problems at home.

Some things to keep an eye on are: the smell of rotten eggs, soft hissing noises emitted by your gas line and of course, holes in your lines. If you notice these things, make sure to contact your gas company right away!

These simple bits of advice will bring you a long way and will save you the hassle of spending hundreds of dollars in maintenance fees. Always keep your family safe whether there’s a storm or not and make sure your home is always in tip-top shape! If you notice any damage to your plumbing contact me Scott Mokher today for further assistance.


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3 Post-Hurricane Plumbing Problems to Watch For


Finally, the storm has passed but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re in the clear. Hurricane Irma was definitely tough on all of us but now that we’re all moved back and settled in, it’s time for us to assess what kind of damage the hurricane actually made on our homes.

Here are some of the most common plumbing problems that can occur inside your home following a hurricane, how you can identify them and what you can do to fix it:

  1. Water problems

What to keep an eye on – toilets not flushing the same as usual, water leaks around the house, unstable water pressure, dysfunctional water heaters

It almost doesn’t seem possible but the most common problems after a hurricane are actually involving your water and plumbing lines. What happens during a hurricane is the strong winds can actually shift the ground and cause your lines to shift, as well. This shifting can dislocate lines which may be causing the above-mentioned signs to happen.

The best thing you can do to avoid these problems from happening or to address these already occurring problems is to contact your trusted plumber as soon as possible and not a second sooner! You may also want to check your water meter to make sure that there is no leakage around the house.

  1. Gas problems

What to keep an eye on – a soft hissing sound around your gas lines, the smell of rotten eggs around your house and holes on your gas lines.

Gas problems can occur after a hurricane because of the strong winds, high precipitation and debris flying around can damage your lines. It is very important to secure your gas lines after a hurricane or any calamity for that matter because failure to do this can be dangerous to your health and your security. Gas leaks are flammable which means open fires can be detrimental and they are also toxic which can cause health issues if not detected immediately so don’t wait until it’s too late! Inspect your home immediately and call for help if you’re not sure about your home’s gas leak situation.

  1. Something just doesn’t feel right

If something doesn’t seem right inside your home, make sure to call the necessary authorities or back up and get the problem fixed right away.

Never wait until it’s too late. Protect your home today! Call us for further assistance.


Mokher Profile PicSince 1968, Chip Mokher & his team has provided South Florida with quality service with a commitment to our customers’ satisfaction. Our many years of experience has allowed us to serve thousands of homes and businesses in Miami-Dade County. We welcome the opportunity to serve you, please call us at 305-446-8266 or email us at chip@mokherplumbing.com

 

 

 

Repairing Your Plumbing After a Flood


Repairing our homes after the onset of a hurricane is a long and tedious process. One of the worst scenarios that could possibly happen to our homes during a hurricane is flooding which is either caused by poor plumbing lines, congested plumbing lines, plumbing lines that have burst and other external factors.

Even though we’ve prepared our homes before the storm, sometimes, the inevitable just seems to happen and here are some of the things you should keep an eye out for just in case it’s already happening in your home:

  1. Clogging of drains

During a hurricane or a flood, floodwater can carry dirt, garbage and other things that can potentially clog drains and even when the water recedes, the residue it brought with it can still be left behind. If you have drains around your house, the best thing to do is check them for clogging using a plunger or even a plumbing snake. However, if you’re concerned about the plumbing going further than what the eye can see, contacting a plumber is always the best option.

  1. Broken fixtures

Exposed fixtures are most likely to become damaged during a flood or hurricane due to the debris. Whatever damages caused by the calamity should be replaced immediately and those that survived should be given close inspection just to make sure that it doesn’t need any repairs of taking care of. Cleaning them in diluted bleach is a great effort to prevent the growth of mold.

  1. Pipe problems

Pipe problems are definitely a top priority (along with gas leaks) after a storm. Debris ad shifting can cause a lot of problems either immediately or gradually which is definitely not something anyone wants to deal with. If pipes are broken, they cannot be immediately identified until after the floods have receded but if puddles are still seen around your pipes even after the floodwaters have gone, then you might want to have your pipes checked right away.

Generally, what you want to do after any flood or storm is to have your entire home checked up for anything that could have been damaged during that time. It also helps to keep an eye open for anything that may seem strange or foreign as it could be a sign of something that needs attention in your home. Waiting until it’s too late can not only be tasking financially but it can also take up so much time and could even cost us our homes.

Contact us today to ensure that your home is safe!


Mokher Profile PicSince 1968, Chip Mokher & his team has provided South Florida with quality service with a commitment to our customers’ satisfaction. Our many years of experience has allowed us to serve thousands of homes and businesses in Miami-Dade County. We welcome the opportunity to serve you, please call us at 305-446-8266 or email us at chip@mokherplumbing.com