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Plumbing Damage After a Flood

A serious flood can damage a home in significant ways. Depending on various factors, the foundation, windows and doors, framing, insulation and electrical system can be compromised if not completely destroyed. However, the one component of a home that rarely gets mentioned when discussing flood damage is the plumbing system. This might be because the majority of a home’s plumbing is underground -and one of the last aspects of a flood damaged home investigated. Using your home’s plumbing is probably low on the list of priorities when dealing with flood destruction. But the plumbing system is just as important as electrical and often trickier to repair and replace. Universal Home Experts wants to begin the conversation as many of our Houston neighbors, impacted by the hurricane, will be dealing with these issues.

Plumbing Fixtures – Both indoor and outdoor fixtures that were damaged by some aspect of the storm will probably need to be replaced. The good news is that fixtures are generally inexpensive and easy to install. A bigger problem is what can happen to the fixtures that weren’t damaged, but were submerged in water for a period of time. The faucets and showerheads will need to be taken apart and cleaned with bleach to get rid of any sediment and help prevent mold from forming. Outdoor faucets and spigots will also need the same attention.

Clogged Drains – Clogged drains are another common result of flooding, but this is usually easy to remedy as well. Flood water will usually contain some amount of sediment, which can infiltrate the plumbing if the drains were under water. A buildup of sediment can clog a drain, but can usually be fixed with a plunger or drain cleaner. Before you begin using your plumbing system, you might consider having it assessed by a licensed plumber.

Damaged Exposed Pipes – If your plumbing fixtures have been damaged by debris, odds are that the connected pipes may have been affected as well. Once the flood water has completed receded from your home, be mindful of new water underneath the exposed plumbing. If it appears that your pipes have been damaged, stop using the connecting fixtures immediately and call a professional plumber.

Damaged Underground Plumbing – If the flooding was extensive and there was standing water for a period of time, your underground plumbing may have been damaged. The water and the saturated soil combine to create a heavy weight and the underground water and sewer lines may have been crushed as a result. Once the water has receded, check the property for signs of sink holes or uneven areas; these are signs of damaged lines. Your plumbing professional will be able to suggest the best route for repair after the system has been assessed.

Foundation Damage – A flood can wreak havoc on a home’s foundation. The rushing water against a home and the saturated soil underneath it can cause the foundation to shift – which can compromise the plumbing system. Plumbing can crack, weaken or become completely dislodged. If the foundation has shifted or cracked, it will need to be repaired before any plumbing can be replaced.

What to do in the First 24 Hours After a Flood

Remember that Universal Home Experts can assist if you have had plumbing damage resulting from the recent flooding. Our licensed professionals can help with everything from simple drain clogs to extensive plumbing repair. Call us at (713) 364-0226 to schedule an assessment with an expert today!