How To Check Your Home’s Plumbing After A Hurricane
If you live in the Tampa area that was affected by the recent hurricanes, you might be thinking about checking on your plumbing for any damages caused by the flooding. This article can help you figure out how to do so in a safe and efficient way.
1. Check your hot water heaters
After a hurricane, it’s important to check your home’s plumbing for any damage. One of the first things you should check is your hot water heater (especially outdoor ones). If your hot water heater was flooded, it’s likely that the unit is damaged and will need to be replaced. If you have a gas water heater, be sure to have the unit inspected by a qualified technician before using it again. If your hot water heater was not flooded, you should still check it for any damage. Be sure to check the connections and pipes for any leaks or damage. If you find any damage, it’s best to have the unit repaired or replaced by a professional.
2. Do you have gas leaks?
If you use natural gas to heat your home or cook, it’s important to check for gas leaks after a hurricane. Gas leaks can be very dangerous and cause fires or explosions. To check for gas leaks, first make sure that all of your gas appliances are turned off. Then, go outside and see if you can smell gas near your home. If you do smell gas, call your local utility company right away.
3. Are there hidden water leaks?
After a hurricane, it’s important to check your home’s plumbing for any hidden water leaks. To do this, start by checking all of the exposed pipes in your home. Look for any leaks or cracks in the pipes. If you see any, make sure to get them repaired as soon as possible. Next, go to your water meter and check to see if the dial is moving. If it is, that means there is water flowing somewhere in your home, even if you can’t see it. This could be a sign of a hidden leak. Another way to try to find a hidden leak is to walk around your home and look for any areas where the ground is soggy or wet. This could also be a sign of a hidden water leak.
4. Do your toilets flush okay?
If your toilets are flushing okay, that’s a good sign that your home’s plumbing is in good shape after a hurricane. But if they’re not, there could be a problem. Toilets can sometimes get clogged after a hurricane because of all the debris that can end up in the sewer lines. If your toilets are clogged, you’ll need to have them unclogged as soon as possible. You can check to see if your toilets are flushing okay by doing the following: – Remove the toilet tank lid and flush the toilet. If the water level in the toilet bowl drops significantly when you flush, that’s an indication that the toilet is not flushing properly. – Another way to check is to put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the toilet bowl within a few minutes, that means there’s a good seal between the tank and bowl and the toilet is flushing properly.
5. Any foul odors or strange sounds?
If you smell something foul or notice any strange sounds coming from your plumbing, it’s important to have it checked out as soon as possible. This could be a sign of a serious problem, such as a broken pipe or sewage backup.
Get your plumbing systems checked
CDS Plumbing Services can help you assess and repair any damage that may have occurred to your plumbing during the storm. We’re here to help get your home back to normal as quickly as possible.