Hurricane season is well underway, and you likely have an evacuation plan and an emergency kit ready to go in case disaster strikes. Can you say the same for your plumbing? Many people don’t necessarily think of plumbing when it comes to hurricane preparedness, but taking some simple steps can help reduce the risk of damage to your plumbing when torrential rainfall and high winds strike. Follow these tips to prepare your plumbing systems for the possibility of a hurricane.
Inspect Your Home for Tree Roots
Tree roots are some of the most common causes of catastrophic plumbing problems. These roots can wrap around your piping and corrode your system, eventually leading to restricted water flow. This can happen if a hurricane occurs, but if one comes through and knocks down a tree, it could lead to even more significant damage. A plumber can help detect root problems and make suggestions for fixing them before a storm creates even more damage to the integrity of your plumbing systems.
Stock Up on Water
Having plenty of bottled water on hand is an obvious must in case of a hurricane. Long power outages and high winds can affect the quality of your tap water, so it's essential to have a stockpile of drinking water ready. However, having plenty of water on hand is also important for your plumbing. If you need to bathe or flush toilets, have some water on hand to replenish the water you lose in your bowl. This will help reduce the stress on your plumbing system and ensure your system runs smoothly when power returns.
Consider a Generator
Hurricanes can strike during many months of the year in Houston, and prolonged power outages are common. It’s a good idea to consider installing a generator in case you lose electricity. Depending on the size of your system, a generator can help your home function much the same as it would when it has power. This reduces the strain on your pipes and keeps you and your family comfortable as you weather the storm.
Hurricane preparedness is just as important for your plumbing as it is for other areas of your home. Observe these tips to be prepared for the next power outage or storm.