Whether it be from a natural disaster, intense storms or a water related accident, you will need to know how to repair or rebuild your home or business after a flood. A thorough inspection of your property by a licensed plumber will unveil any hidden damage the extreme amount of water may have done to your plumbing.
Here are a few of the most common post-flood plumbing problems:
Dirt, silt, and debris are common place in flood water, and once all the water drains away, the debris and sand can be left behind and clog your drains and pipes. You can try your hand at using DIY techniques to unclog your drains, however you run the risk of further damaging the plumbing or overlooking other plumbing issues. The inspection will be able to give you the peace of mind that no other issues than a blocked pipe are affecting your drain, and a plumber can give you the all-clear to begin any plumbing work.
Dirty and Damaged Fixtures
Plumbing fixtures, such as bathtubs, sinks and basins, that have become damaged will need to be replaced. If they have survived undamaged, they will need to be cleaned with diluted bleach. Taps and shower heads may need to be disassembled and cleaned to avoid clogging and mold growth.
Broken Pipes in the Home
The pressure of the water, structural failures or floating debris can also damage the pipes in your home. You may only notice these damages once the floodwater has been removed, as the broken or cracked pipes will cause new puddles to form. If you think you have a cracked water pipe in your home, switch off the water supply at the main and wait for an inspection.
Broken Pipes Underground
Pipes under your house can be damaged by the force applied on to them by the immense amount of standing water and saturated soil. Sinkholes on your property may confirm this theory. You will only be sure once a plumber has been called in for an inspection.
If the soil underneath your property becomes saturated from the flood water and begins to shift, this can result in cracks in the foundations. Shifts in the foundation can also damage and break additional pipes. The foundation repair would have to take place before pipes can be replaced. A plumber will also assess your property’s foundation for damage during an inspection.