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Hurricane Prep For Your Plumbing And A.C.

hurricane prep for plumbing and ac

Living on the coastline definitely has it’s advantages. Beautiful views, the smell of saltwater in the air and the sound of the waves crashing brings thousands of people to the beach every year. Now that summer has started in June, it also kicked off the dreaded hurricane season that lasts well into November. Aside from working on your tan and relaxing, being prepared for a hurricane is one of the most important things for you and your family. Here are some tips for hurricane prep for your plumbing and A.C.

Preparing Your Plumbing

Before the storm:

  • Locate and shut off the main water valve. This is essential in protecting your water from contamination from the storm.
  • Check all the drains on your property, including the gutters along the street, for debris that is blocking water from draining properly. This can help prevent water damage to the foundation of your home as well as flooding sewer systems.
  • Have water testing strips ready to use after the storm. This can help determine whether your water is safe to drink if you cannot check with your local utility department.

After the storm:

  • Before turning the water back on, check with your local utility department to make sure your water supply is safe to use and drink.
  • After turning the water back on, check all faucets and toilets. Shifted roots due to strong winds can cause problems for plumbing near your home.

Preparing Your A.C.

Before the storm:

  • To avoid power surges, turn your A.C. unit off at the circuit breaker as well as the thermostat. This can be a fire hazard or a shock hazard in the event of flooding.
  • Use hurricane straps to secure your outdoor unit. This can cause huge problems if your A.C. unit becomes mobile in the event of high winds.
  • Cover the A.C. unit with a waterproof tarp or a plywood cover. Elevating the unit can also help.
  • Clean the area around your unit, freeing any debris surrounding it.

After the storm:

  • Check to see if there is any visible damage and if there is, contact your HVAC professional immediately.
  • Check for flooding around your unit as flooding can cause electric shock when the unit is turned back on.
  • Check to see if your unit has moved at any time during the storm. It can be unsafe to operate if the wiring or plumbing has become loose or damaged.

Hurricanes can ruin any summer vacation in the blink of an eye. Don’t get caught with even more trouble than necessary by following these tips. Hurricane prep for your plumbing and A.C. is an essential part of staying one step ahead of the storm. In the event of hurricane damage to your plumbing or A.C., contact A-1 Plumbing for 24-hour emergency plumbing services.

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