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Hurricanes are an imminent threat to homes and other properties. Being prepared for the hurricane season can help you minimize the impact of the storm. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we’ve compiled some tips on how to prepare for the hurricane season.
If you don’t have an emergency kit, now is the time to assemble one, in preparation for the aftermath of a hurricane. An emergency kit should include basic disaster supplies such as a flashlight, spare batteries, a fire extinguisher, prescription medications, mosquito repellent, important documents, safety and personal items, water supply, and many more. Do not wait until a hurricane warning is issued to prepare an emergency kit. Get ahead of the crowd, and gather emergency supplies in advance to avoid the rush.
Storm winds can knock down power poles, resulting in massive power outages. The last thing you want to experience is living in a house without electricity for days or even weeks. It’s advisable to invest in a standby generator, just in case there’s a power outage. A standby generator can be a lifesaver, especially if you have kids. You’ll need the help of an electrician to choose a generator that will meet your household’s energy needs.
Windows are at a greater risk of damage from flying projectiles or falling tree branches. It’s recommended that you install window shutters to prevent your windows from breaking. Alternatively, you can nail thick plywood over the outside of your windows. You should also consider hiring a roofing company to secure and seal your roof.
The hurricane season can take a toll on various components of your plumbing system, especially if you’ve neglected routine maintenance. Getting a professional plumbing inspection before hurricane season can save you from expensive water damage to your home. Call in a professional plumber to inspect your entire plumbing system, including water lines, sewer lines, exterior faucets, sump pump, and other components. Make sure they carry out all the necessary repairs and ensure everything is in good working order.
Pipe damage and water damage are common occurrences during the hurricane season. If you experience a plumbing emergency such as a burst pipe, you should be able to turn off the water to prevent potential water damage. This is why it’s important to know where the main water shut-off valve is in your home. The main water valve is typically located within 3 to 5 feet of where the main water line enters your home. It may also be located near the front foundation wall, in the basement, crawlspace, or near the end of your property line.
If you’re looking for experienced plumbers to help you prepare your plumbing for hurricane season or you need plumbing repair after a hurricane, you can trust the experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing to provide you with reliable services. From plumbing diagnosis & inspection to preventive maintenance services, plumbing repair, plumbing replacements, and plumbing installations, we do it all.