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Plumbing Tips for The Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season is June to November. Even if your home isn’t in the direct path of a hurricane, torrential rains and power outages are still a risk most homeowners in Southwest Florida live with. Here are some tips that can help you and your home’s plumbing survive the storm.

  1. Ensure that all storm drains near the home are clear of debris so they can handle the runoff from heavy rains.
  2. Check your sump pump. Fill the sump pit with several gallons of water. It should automatically turn on and start removing the water. If the sump pump has a battery, ensure it has has a sufficient charge.
  3. Know the location of the water shutoff valve. During a hurricane turn off the water supply to prevent contaminated water from entering the home. When you’re ready to ration water open a faucet furthest away from the main line so air can enter the system.
  4. Turn off the water heater. Heating and storing water puts extra pressure on your plumbing system, so shut off the gas or electrical supply to the unit. The water heater can be a source of potable water during a hurricane.

Have questions about your home’s plumbing system? Give ABC Southwest Plumbing & Air Conditioning a call, we’re here to help.

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