Simple tips to prepare your plumbing for the rainy season:
- Check to ensure your foundation is sealed. Make sure all service lines, including water, gas or electric, that pass through your foundation wall are sealed.
- Ensure caps or plugs on your sewer trap are sealed tight. If they look old or ill-fitting, replace them immediately. This will keep waste water from entering your home.
- Inspect roof gutters and downspouts. You want to make sure rain water is driven away from your home’s foundation.
- Ruptured pipes: This can occur when the ground has shifted, causing pressure on pipes that are located underground. If you have ruptured pipes, a sinkhole may develop or you may notice standing water in your yard. Michael's Plumbing can help assess and fix this issue.
- Blocked pipes: The clearest sign that you have blocked pipes is slow running drains. Blocked pipes can be the result of debris running into the drainpipes or running off the rooftop. This goes back to ensuing your drains and gutters are clean and free of debris. Another cause for blocked pipes can be root infiltration. If roots get into your pipes, we can help clear out the sewer line or dig up the tree roots. In severe cases, a new sewer line may be needed due to the heavy damage caused by tree roots.