With summer right around the corner, so is the rainy season in Southwest Florida. Usually spanning from May through November, the summer and fall months bring larger amounts of rain and possibly hurricanes. During this time, homeowners run the risk of water damage and costly repairs if they haven’t kept up with their home’s regular plumbing maintenance. Follow these tips to help prepare your home before the rainy season arrives.
Check for Leaks
First, check the flow and water pressure of the faucets in your house. If you are experiencing unusually low water pressure, that could be a sign of a leak somewhere in your home’s plumbing. All faucets, including showers and sinks, should be tested individually to confirm whether the low pressure is experienced across your entire home or isolated to certain areas, such as the kitchen or a specific bathroom. A leaking pipe, especially if it is underground, could lead to larger issues during a major rain storm. The large amounts of water that accumulate quickly during a typical Southwest Florida storm can cause damage to your home if a leak is left unattended. If you suspect your home has a leak a professional Cape Coral plumber, such as Avis Plumbing and Air Conditioning, should be contacted to help diagnose your issue and repair the leak before it escalates any further.
Prevent Exterior Flooding
Next, check all downspouts and gutters on the exterior of your home. Make sure they are free from any debris, such as sticks or leaves, that would prevent the flow of water. Storm drains should also be checked for any debris. If a storm drain is not effectively carrying water away from your home, it may be clogged. A professional storm drain cleaner, such as Avis Plumbing and Air Conditioning, should be contacted to clean the drain properly and prevent flooding.
Regularly Test Your Backflow Preventer
Lastly, if your home has a backflow prevention system, you should have it tested regularly. Backflow prevention systems do exactly as they sound – they prevent water from flowing back into your home once it’s been used. This is important, especially during times of heavy rainfall, so that the area’s public drinking water supply is not contaminated. A certified backflow prevention tester should be called to ensure that your system is working properly for when a storm does occur. Avis Plumbing & Air Conditioning is a Florida state certified backflow prevention tester and they are qualified to service those located in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and the surrounding Lee County area.
If you’re unsure about the current state of your home’s plumbing, you should never hesitate to call Avis Plumbing and Air Conditioning, the professional Fort Myers and Cape Coral plumber. Avis has been serving the surrounding Lee County area for over 50 years, providing honest and quality service to every customer. Call Avis today at (239) 542-4421 in Cape Coral or at (239) 481-1511 in Fort Myers.