Hurricane season is officially underway and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted that we could see 8-13 named storms this season, including 3-6 hurricanes with 1-2 being major hurricanes, which could form over the North Atlantic.
This prediction, in comparison to the 2013 season, is considered to be near-normal or below-normal. The duration of hurricane season lasts up to five months, ending on Nov. 31, so it’s important to make sure you and your household are ready before a storm hits.
Believe it or not, heavy rainfalls put your plumbing to work. Keep these tips handy when preparing for a storm:
- Sump pumps are very dependable and can protect the lower part of your house from being flooded. A system can work all day and night removing water as long as there’s electricity. With violent storms, such as Hurricane Sandy, many were left without power. It’s important to install a battery backup system with your sump pump, so your system doesn’t fully rely on electricity.
- Check your system every 2-3 months with these simple tips.
Outside Drain System
- Heavy downpours affect your gutter drain system. If you’re able to, check your roof gutters and downspouts to make sure they’re fastened securely. You also will want to ensure that there isn’t any debris that would block water from draining as fast as possible and that drainage is directed away from your foundation.
Sewer Drain Backup
- If you’re using a municipal sewer system or have a septic tank, heavy rains can make your sewer line backup. The excess water, along with debris, can back up these systems, which can create a huge mess. We recommend that you set up an appointment to have a camera line inspection with Len The Plumber — this could save you $5,000-$50,000 in repairs and restoration.