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Tropical Storms and Your Plumbing

Tropical Storms? Already? That’s right fellow Floridians, it’s already that time of year again. Even though the roof of a home will keep you dry during heavy rainfall, it won’t necessarily protect the plumbing. Heavy rain places stress on drainage systems and pipes, and you may discover your plumbing plagued with problems in the aftermath of even a mild storm.

Watch for these 3 problems after a heavy rain

  1. Broken pipes: A large rainfall, especially one that arrives after a long dry spell, can create shifting in the ground. This puts pressure on underground pipes that can cause them to break. Older galvanized steel pipes that often suffer from corrosion as they age are the most susceptible to damage. If you discover discoloration, grit, or debris in the water coming from your faucets after a storm, you probably have broken underground pipes. One of our plumbing experts can locate the break and repair it.
  2. Blockage: Pipes can become backed up after a rainstorm because of the immense amount of debris that rain will deposit into storm drains and downpipes. This type of clogging is rarely something a sink plunger can alleviate (and you should never rely on chemical cleaners under any circumstances) and will require the work of a plumbing expert. Debris on the roof can also block the drain vents, which will cause sewage odors to seep up through your drains.
  3. Septic Flooding: If you have a septic tank on your property, the heavy rain may saturate your drain field, meaning that your tank is unable to properly output water. It can get to the point that your drain water has nowhere to go but back up through the pipes. This problem may require some serious adjustments to your septic tank system and also implicate water usage restrictions until your drain field is dry again.

For your post-tropical storm plumbing and septic blues, contact us at Mike Scott Plumbing. We are your one stop shop to get your plumbing, gas, and septic up and running after mother nature has it’s way with it. We’re here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we never charge you extra for nights, holidays, and weekends. For your straight time, any time, all the time service call us at 1-888-314-4443 or schedule service here today.

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