Plumbing Tips to Prepare for a Wet Winter
If you keep up with weather trends in our Virginia area, you may already be aware that this coming season promises to bring plenty of precipitation and wetness. It may get a little gloomy, but overall nothing you can’t handle, right? Well, that may be true for us people, but we can’t speak for your plumbing. Wet, rainy weather brings a bunch of potential concerns when it comes to draining issues, clogs and flooding.
Don’t stress! The experts at HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited are here to help, providing some quick and easy tips to prep your pipes in anticipation of any problems that may arise. With this list, we hope to get your home ready, and avoid any larger issues when the rains start falling!
Simple Steps to Prepare Your Plumbing for Rainy Weather
Securing Your Exterior
It may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of plumbing and wet weather concerns, but your roof and guttering plays an integral role in avoiding flood concerns. Be sure your roof is in appropriate condition to ensure no water intrusion, and pay particular attention to your gutters and downspouts.
Be sure gutters are free of debris like leaves and plant matter, as clean and clear gutters keep water diverted away from your home’s interior. If debris and excessive water get to your home, they can invariably cause problems with your plumbing, including basement floods and clogs.
To be sure your plumbing appliances and pipework are in the best condition possible for handling stormwater, snow and moisture, follow these few tips:
- Snake your drains. Beings absolutely sure that your drains promote free-flow that is free of obstructions is crucial to dealing with heavy precipitation. This is best handled by a trained professional, as we have access to snakes equipped to handle pretty much any blockage.
- Inspect your foundation. Being sure your foundation is in good condition is an important part of keeping your basement dry in the face of wet weather. Check for damage, cracks and uneven ground along where your foundation meets the ground outside of your home.
- Sump pumps. Installing a sump pump keeps you ready for any possibility, and can save your basement and belongings in the face of flooding. Be sure to have the pump set up with backup batteries, or a dedicated generator to ward against power loss.
- Preventative maintenance. When it comes to ensuring your plumbing system is up to snuff, nothing beats the trained eye of a professional. In preparation of particularly troublesome winters, schedule an inspection with your chosen service provider!
Winter Plumbing Preparedness with HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited
We’ve been providing solutions to homes needing plumbing service for nearly twenty years, and at HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited, our professionals are trained and ready to bring the answers you need. For top quality skill and service, contact HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited today!