Hurricanes, although unwanted, are a natural part of nature which we have no choice but to be prepared for. Associated with strong, loud winds and flying debris, hurricanes are not just scary but they are also quite life-threatening. Luckily, these occurrences don’t just come out of nowhere and with technology, we can now be informed in advance when and if it does happen.
Initially, any home owner’s primary concern is to protect them from flying debris and their first line of safety which include covering doors and windows with shutters. However, secondary to this, we also need to ensure that our plumbing is secured so we do not need to worry about anything drastic happening while we remain indoors and wait for the storm to pass.
Here are a few things that you can do to prepare your plumbing for the occasion of a coming hurricane:
- Turn off your main water valve.
Whether or not you choose to stay or evacuate your home during the onset of a hurricane, switching your water valve off is absolutely vital unless you don’t mind possible flooding inside your home. By simply locating your main valve and switching it off, you are preventing the contamination of dirt from entering your plumbing system which could also save you and your family from getting sick afterward.
- Inspect your drains.
Because of the flying debris during a storm, clogging of drains is very much real. Before a storm, you can ease the possible flooding problems by making sure that your drains are clear of any obstructions. This small effort can also prevent water damage to the foundation of your home or the flooding of your sewer systems which eventually can prevent your pipes located underground from bursting.
These are definitely simple steps that will go a long, long way in protecting your plumbing and your homes in the long run. Of course, if you’re not completely confident in carrying out these tasks on your own, we suggest you contact your trusted plumber to get the job done for you. If this is the route you’re opting for, make sure he or she can help you locate important plumbing parts around your home accordingly and that they can give you clear instructions in case of the worst happening. Let’s all make an effort to take care of our homes so we can also take care of the people inside of them!
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