It’s hurricane season in Beaumont, TX, and will be for another couple of months. Now is the time to think about how the weather may impact your home and its structural elements, which includes the plumbing system.
How a Hurricane Affects Your Plumbing
Whether there is a tropical storm looming in the Gulf or you’re concerned about hurricane-force winds, you need your plumbing system to stay intact. Here’s how a hurricane can impact your plumbing:
- Exposed pipes. Pipes that are visible above the ground are susceptible to damage from a storm’s rapid winds, heavy rain, and flying debris. Should a pipe burst, it may be some time before it can be fixed depending on flood conditions.
- Debris and root systems. Regardless of its strength, a tropical storm can produce deadly tornadoes that send debris flying and uproot trees. If your pipes are in the way, serious structural damage can occur to your plumbing system.
- Flooding. The amount of rain introduced by a storm is likely to cause local and even regional flooding. When flooding occurs, water becomes contaminated as it gathers ground debris and waste. As a result, pipes with existing leaks may be infiltrated by unsanitary water.
If your plumbing is damaged by a hurricane, it can be fixed. The problem is it may take time during which you may be without water. Always stock up on water and consider alternative energy sources, like generators, prior to a storm threat.
Get a Plumbing Inspection Today
The best way to prevent damage to your plumbing system during and after a storm is to prepare. At Mr. Rooter, we conduct thorough inspections of your plumbing system and point out any weak areas or concerns, particularly exposed pipes.
We have solutions to fortify your plumbing system before a storm comes to reduce the chance of damage. Contact your Beaumont, TX Mr. Rooter team today to schedule an appointment.