Is Your Home Prepared to Handle Summer Storms?

Summer storms can hit hard and fast. They often come with little warning, and they can potentially damage your plumbing and home. If you want to ensure water doesn’t get inside your house, it’s important to be proactive and take steps to prevent leaks and flooding. Here are a few things you can do to prepare your property for summer storms.

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1.) Inspect your yard

If rainwater accumulates around the foundation of your home, it can potentially cause your basement to flood. You can prevent this by developing a yard drainage plan that will keep water away from your house. It’s important that the ground surrounding your home slope downward and away from the foundation.

2.) Clean your gutters and downspouts

One of the easiest ways to prevent water from getting into your home is to keep your gutters clean. Make sure to inspect them for signs of blockages, and regularly empty your gutters of debris. In addition, downspouts should be directed away from your home to prevent water from collecting against the foundation.

3.) Maintain your sump pump

If your basement is prone to flooding, you should have a sump pump system installed that can redirect water from your basement and out of your home. These devices can prevent water damage, but they need to be properly maintained and in good working order.

Sump pumps should be inspected at least once a year to make sure they’re functional. You can test your sump pump by pouring a bucket of water in the pit where it’s located. Does your sump pump turn on automatically? Does it drain quickly? If you notice any issues with your sump pump system, it’s important to have it inspected by a professional. Give us a call to learn more!

4.) Clean your drains

Preventive drain inspections and cleanings can help homeowners avoid flooding caused by lines that have become clogged or cracked. It’s important to identify damaged or blocked drains before a storm hits as heavy rainfall can exacerbate existing issues. Spring’s a great time to have you’re drains inspected and cleaned.

Call Pitton Plumbing for Services In Southwestern Ontario

Pitton Plumbing & Heating Inc. offers comprehensive residential plumbing services in Burlington, Niagara, Oakville and throughout the Greater Hamilton Area. We can install, repair and replace sump pumps of all kinds. We also offer in-pipe video inspections and drain cleaning. Plus, our licensed plumbers are available day or night for emergency calls. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.