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5 September 2019

How to Protect Your Plumbing From Severe Storm Damage

Important tips to save your plumbing during hurricane season

How to Protect Your Plumbing From Severe Storm Damage

With hurricane season here, we're keeping a closer eye on The Weather Channel to see if Charlotte's going to be in the path of any severe storms over the next months.  We'll all run to the grocery store for water, batteries and non-perishable items, but what about your home? What about your plumbing?  Here are a few tips to help you minimize any damage that comes with riding out the storm.

 

 

  1. Check Outside Drains.  Clear any debris, leaves, grass clippings from drains surrounding your home.  You'll want to give rushing water a clear route away from your home.
  2. Locate Water Valve/Turn Off. If flooding occurs around your home, this will keep your household water from getting contaminated from outside elements. 
  3. Check Septic Tank. If you have a septic tank, heavy rains and flooding can cause backups.  Timely cleanings will avoid these situations.  Signs of septic issues include backed up toilets and sinks, and foul odors from drains. 

AFTER THE STORM

1. Survey Tree Roots. Downpours associated with hurricane season can cause the ground to soften.  Large tree roots become unstable and the tree may fall.  When this occurs, roots disrupt plumbing pipes.  Look around your yard to ensure no roots have shifted. If you see roots lifting out of the ground, call Three Way Plumbing and we'll check out the situation to make sure none of your main lines are compromised. 

 

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