The rainy season is officially here, but is your home plumbing ready for it? Heavy showers can overwhelm city sewers, sending sewage back-up through your main line and into your low-level drains. They can drown your front lawn or flood your basement. They can cost you thousands in damage.
Never underestimate the nasty side-effects of a storm. If you want to make sure your plumbing is ready for everything the rainy season has to throw at it, you should follow these tips:
Inspect your drains
As you can see, spring is an important time for your drains to get checked by a professional plumbing repair company — they will have camera inspection services that can reveal any breaks or clogs hiding right under your nose.
For instance, you could have a cracked main sewer line. Many older constructions have main lines made with clay pipes that are much more porous than other plumbing materials. Nearby tree roots can penetrate the clay in order to get to the water inside, turning into a massive clog.
A stubborn blockage or break will leave your plumbing system vulnerable during a storm. Even if the back-up doesn’t reach your basement, it has to go somewhere: the nearest spot is your yard. Hiring an expert for a drain clean-out and a sewer line repair will be much easier to deal with than the damage that could happen when you ignore these plumbing red flags.
If the plumbers spot a forming clog, you should get them to clear out the obstruction as soon as possible. If they spot a break or disjoint, you need to ask them for a sewer line repair.
Get a backwater valve
A professionally installed backwater valve is the ultimate plumbing tool that can stop any sewer back-up from coming through your basement drains. It turns your sewer line into a one-way passage during everyday use, allowing the household waste to go into the municipal sewer system. During a storm, it detects content coming from the other end and blocks it from entering the house.
Clean your gutters
One of the sure-fire ways to prevent flooding in your basement is to clear out your gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters will stop rainwater from being directed through the downspout and away from the home’s foundation. Instead of diverting the water to a safer spot, a blocked drainage system will fill up with water, forcing it to spill down the siding and allowing it to pool right beside the house.
You’ll be thankful you completed the simple chore of checking your gutters and cleaning up any dirt, leaves and twigs out. The afternoon of hard work will be worth it when the next thunderstorm blows in.
Always be prepared for basement flooding. Even if you have taken plumbing precautions, you could be a victim of overland flooding or an unexpected pipe break. Make sure to talk to your insurance provider about different types of flooding and water damage coverage, and to keep your valuables out of the basement just in case.