When you live in an area where the condition of the ocean is unpredictable and hurricanes are a possibility, you want to ensure that your home is protected from a mass flood. Because water can cause a lot of damage to your property and personal possessions, it's essential to have a plan of action in place. However, it's a possibility that the related damage may be out of your control and you will need to deal with the damages caused by the flood. One area that would require a bit of repair work is your home water pipes and plumbing system. The information listed below provides some details for fixing your plumbing after a major flood:
Flood water from a hurricane may contain quite a bit of dirt and debris, which can cause muddy residue. This can cause your plumbing pipes to become clogged with the mud and prevent the water from draining. The clogged drains can typically be cleaned out using plumbing tools such as a snake. However, once it has been cleared the pipes will then need to be further investigated for possible cracks and holes. Once inspected, if you discover that the pipes are still overfilled with debris or have punctures, you may need to contact a plumbing contractor to have it repaired.
Because of the impact of the wind and debris on your home caused by the hurricane, it may have led to significant damage to your plumbing fixtures. In order to determine the severity of the issue, you will first need to clean the fixtures in your bathroom and kitchen off with a diluted bleach solution. When cleaning the faucet and shower fixtures, you may need to remove them to let them soak so that any embedded dirt and debris will disengage, this will prevent possible mold contamination. Once they have been cleaned, then the fixtures should also be checked over for cracks, loose screws and/or leaks.
Cracks in your plumbing pipes are not the only thing that may occur after you experience a hurricane. The severity of the wind can cause major damage to the plumbings, which can cause them to break completely. The major point of concern will be the plumbing pipes located in the basement or lower part of your home. Check things over for missing and broken plumbing pipes. In addition, you should have your main plumbing valve inspected to ensure that nothing is broken or cracked before turning on the water and possibly causing more damage.
If you are unsure about how to check if your plumbing system is functioning properly, consider consulting with a plumbing company like Garabedian Plumbing & Heating Inc.