If your home's been hit by a recent flood, you could have hidden plumbing problems. You might not realize this, but any type of flood can destroy your plumbing. However, when it comes to plumbing troubles, they're not always apparent right away. Unfortunately, that means those plumbing problems could pop up when you least expect them. One of the best ways to avoid unexpected plumbing problems after a flood is to have your plumber come out for an inspection. Here are just three of the hidden plumbing issues you could be facing after a flood:
Cracked and Broken Pipes
If your flooding was caused by frozen pipes, you could have other pipes that sustained the same type of damage. To make sure you're not facing a repeat flood, be sure to have all the exposed pipes in your home inspected for damage. If you suspect that your underground pipes have also sustained damage, it's a good idea to have your plumber conduct a water pressure test. From that, they'll be able to determine if you have underground pipes that are leaking.
If the flooding you experienced was caused by torrential rains, you probably ended up with a lot of standing water in your yard. If you've got a septic tank, that standing water could be a sure sign of disaster. Flooding can damage not only the septic tank but also the seepage field. In fact, floods can cause your entire seepage pit to collapse. Once the flood waters have subsided, have a plumber come out and inspect your entire septic system.
Mud in Your Drains
If you've recently experienced an episode of flash flooding in your area, you could have had several feet of water and debris pass through your yard. If that's the case, you probably also had your fair share of mud and debris pass through too. Unfortunately, if the cap to your clean-out drains weren't securely in place, or were missing altogether, your pipes could be filled with mud. If that's the case, it's going to take more than time to clean those drains out. You're going to need professional assistance to clean the mud out of your drains. Luckily, once your drains are cleaned, and the mud is removed, you shouldn't experience any residual plumbing problems.
Don't get caught off guard. If your home has recently flooded, have your plumber come out and conduct a thorough inspection of your pipes and your septic system.Share