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Is Your Plumbing Hurricane Ready? Five Must-Follow Steps for Protection

Posted on August 25, 2023

Hurricane season is underway. Is your plumbing system well-prepared for a potential disaster? A well-maintained system can help prevent water damage and ensure your home stays functional even in the face of a severe storm.

Let’s explore five essential tips to get your plumbing hurricane season ready.

  • Inspect and repair: Conduct a thorough inspection of your plumbing system, checking for leaks, drips, or any signs of wear and tear. Minor issues can quickly escalate during heavy rainfall and strong winds.

  • Secure exposed pipes: Strong winds and flying debris during a hurricane can cause significant damage to exposed pipes. Secure any exposed pipes around your home by adding insulation or protective covers.

  • Clear out storm drains: Blocked drains can lead to water pooling around your home’s foundation, causing flooding and structural damage. Clean up leaves, branches, and any other debris to ensure proper water flow and drainage and prevent water from backing up into your pipes.

  • Protect your water supply: Hurricanes can cause sewer systems to overflow, leading to contaminated water backing up into your home. Shut off the main water valve in your home to ensure your water supply remains clean and uncontaminated.

  • Emergency kit: Prepare an emergency plumbing repair kit with essential items such as pipe patches, plumbing tape, wrenches, and sealants. Having these supplies readily available can help you address minor plumbing issues during the storm and prevent further damage until professional help is available.

Preparing your plumbing system for hurricane season can save you from costly repairs and potential water damage. Remember, early preparation and a proactive approach are key to minimizing potential damage. And Raider Rooter can support your efforts. We’ve been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

How to Protect Your Plumbing for the Next Big Storm

Posted on August 30, 2021

This time of year, when temperatures are high, storms start to form in the ocean. Those of us who’ve lived in South Florida long enough know a thing or two about how to react – prepare, prepare, prepare.
We all experience a collective sigh of relief when a storm pivots to our advantage. But it’s best to also be prepared for when we’re at a disadvantage. And that includes our plumbing.

Here’s how to protect your plumbing for the next big storm.

Before the storm …

  • Stock up on water in the bathrooms and the kitchen, so you’re able to flush the toilets and wash your hands. 
  • Turn off your main water valve to prevent contaminated water from getting into your plumbing system. 
  • Turn off your water heater to avoid undue stress on your plumbing system
  • Remove leaves and debris from gutters, downspouts, and drains so rainwater drains the way it’s supposed to and underground pipes don’t get overwhelmed by dirt and debris.

After the storm …

  • Contact your city to find out about the status of your water supply. If it’s safe, switch the main valve back on.
  • Once it’s safe to go outside, clear the debris from your gutters, downspouts, and drains.
  • Look for upturned and displaced trees and shrubs that can become a problem for underground pipes down the line. 

To learn more about how to prepare your plumbing for hurricane season, contact Raider Rooter today. We’ve been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing since 1978. In that time, we’ve seen a lot of hurricanes. So, let us put our expertise to work for you.

As always, whether you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems or more extensive plumbing insight, be sure to consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

Preparing Storm Drains & Catch Basins for a Hurricane

Posted on August 29, 2018

Image Depicts a storm drain clogged with leaves and rushing water

Prior to the start of hurricane season, meteorologists predicted “a near-average number of hurricanes and tropical storms” for this year. And while we’ve had calm ocean waters up to this point, the memory of Hurricane Irma has yet to fade for most South Florida residents. And while we all know how to get our homes ready for a hurricane, do you know how to get your storm drain and catch basin ready?

Storm drains and catch basins, which were created to prevent trash and debris from entering a drainage system, flow into a natural body of water, like a stream, a river, or a lake. The influx of water during a hurricane can cause major problems to our city’s infrastructure. With nowhere else to go, when those bodies of water reach their capacity, sewage waste has nowhere else to go but into your home.

Luckily, there are ways to prevent this. Here are a few simple things you can do to prepare your plumbing for hurricane season:

  1. Clean out the area drain covers around your property. Just one clogged area drain grating can cause flooding.
  2. Make sure the caps or plugs on your sewer trap are sealed tight. If they look old or ill-fitting, replace them immediately.
  3. And, most importantly, be proactive about drain maintenance. The best time to have a professional troubleshoot your property for potential problems is before the winds and rains.

Contact Raider Rooter to find out more about our services, preventative measures, and to make sure your home is ready in the event of a hurricane. Raider Rooter has been providing South Florida with reliable, affordable, and high-quality plumbing services since 1978. Let us put our expertise to work for you.

Keeping Storm Drains Clean and Clear

Posted on June 26, 2017

Most people don’t give storm drains a second thought until faced with the tropical-storm-like weather conditions South Florida’s been having. A normal amount of rain for us in June is about 8 inches. Between June 1st and June 7th alone, South Florida received over 19 inches of rain.

Storm drains were designed to collect excess water, and channel it away from buildings, parking lots and any other areas where water might pool and cause damage. In South Florida, where the rainy season starts in May and continues through November, it is absolutely essential to have a drainage system that can quickly and efficiently remove all standing water. A clogged storm drain negates this function, which could lead to disastrous results.

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How many times have you driven past a certain restaurant or a particular store because of a flooded parking lot? Let’s face it. Nobody wants to remove their shoes and hike up their pants to enter a business. But with regular and proper maintenance, that shouldn’t be an issue.

If the blockage is minor, sweeping the grate with a broom should take care of the problem. If that doesn’t correct the matter, the next step is removing the grate to inspect and clear away whatever debris may be causing the blockage, which could be at the beginning, at the end, or within the drain. A professional should be called at this point.

When maintained properly, your storm drain should not be a major concern. If it’s not draining suitably, let the experts at Raider Rooter resolve your problem. With years of experience serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade, our goal is to provide quality service at affordable prices. Give us a call at 866.6RAIDER, or visit us online  to schedule an appointment.

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