With Australia's East Coast being hit by what's being termed as a one in 1,000 years weather condition, residents have had a lot to contend with. The most unfortunate bit of this is undoubtedly the fatalities, followed by massive property loss.
While plumbing might not seem as important on the grand scale of things, it's still essential for people to think about minimising property damage should this happen again.
Granted, some occurrences that might cause flooding will sneak up on you without warning. Not just that, but you have very little control over what follows when it does flood.
Nonetheless, good plumbing can come in handy to ensure your house can withstand some flooding without solely falling apart. So let's look at some things plumbers can do to offset flood risks.
Many people wait until something is wrong to call a plumber. But unfortunately, this is not always the best way to handle things.
A better way to go about it is to get a plumber to carry out routine inspections routinely. This will flag any looming problems and have them addressed early enough.
Should the weather change up, forcing you to contend with heavy rains and downpours, your plumbing is in a much better condition to handle the added pressure.
A sump pump is designed to detect rising water pressure or rising levels in the pumping system. If the water levels go too high, the pump automatically removes the excess water from the property via a discharge line to a designated drainage area.
When the sump pump is regularly tested, you are sure that it’s in good working order and removing water at an adequate rate. A sump pump’s ability to do this is especially important during heavy rains when water exerts immense pressure on your plumbing system.
Your plumber should check how well it works and possibly even install a backup battery. This will ensure the pump keeps working even if your power is cut off in bad weather.
A common problem that can wreak havoc during heavy rain is damaged drain pipes. Old and damaged pipes are compromised and are often at risk of busting when pressure elevates from rainwater building up.
This can contaminate your water, and you might notice changes in the taste, smell and colour of your drinking water. However, you do not want to get to this point.
If there are any indicators of heavy rains in your areas, always schedule an appointment with your plumber. Unfortunately, damaged drain pipes are hard to spot. However, a plumber can bring along snake cameras to evaluate the status of your drain pipes before it's too late.
Undoubtedly, one of the best things you can do to offset flood risks is to have a plumber come in and ensure everything is in order. So call us today ad lets get your plumbing ready for tough weather.