Preparing Your Plumbing for Louisiana’s Hurricane Season: A Comprehensive Guide

Hello there, fellow Louisianans! Stephen Jordan here, president of SMJ Plumbing. If you’re familiar with the wild and unpredictable weather our great state has to offer, you know just how crucial it is to keep your home—and most importantly, your plumbing—safe and sound. Today, I’m going to guide you through the essential steps to ensure your plumbing stands strong, even during the fiercest of storms. So, let’s dive in, shall we?

1. Know Your Home’s Plumbing System
Knowledge is power! First and foremost, get acquainted with your plumbing layout. Where are the main shut-off valves? How about the clean-outs? By understanding the intricate pathways of your home’s plumbing, you’ll be better equipped to tackle any unexpected issues head-on.

2. Secure Outdoor Plumbing Fixtures
Our beautiful bayou state can bring strong winds that turn any unsecured items into potential projectiles. If you have hoses, sprinklers, or any other removable fixtures, it’s best to disconnect and store them inside. Fixing a dented car is one thing, but fixing a broken window or worse due to a flying hose? Not on our watch!

3. Clear All Drains and Gutters
A clogged drain or gutter can lead to a backlog of water. And in the case of a hurricane, we’re talking about a LOT of water. Regularly check and clean your drains, downspouts, and gutters to ensure rainwater has a clear path away from your home. Remember, the key to hurricane preparedness is to stay one step ahead!

4. Install a Sump Pump (or Check the One You Have)
If your home is prone to flooding, a sump pump is a game-changer. It actively removes water from your home, protecting your foundations and interiors. Already have one? Fantastic! Just ensure it’s in tip-top shape. Perhaps consider a battery backup too. After all, power outages and hurricanes go hand in hand.

5. Backflow Prevention
One of the lesser-known, yet equally important aspects of hurricane preparedness is backflow prevention. In simpler terms, you don’t want sewage water reversing course and entering your home, right? Installing a backflow valve ensures that wastewater flows in one direction—away from your residence.

6. Water Storage
Now, I can’t stress this enough: Store fresh water! In the aftermath of a storm, there’s a chance your water supply might be compromised. A general rule of thumb is to store at least one gallon of water per person, per day, for at least three days. And while you’re at it, maybe grab a few extra gallons for good measure—and your pets!

7. Emergency Contacts on Speed Dial
While we at SMJ Plumbing strive to provide you with all the knowledge and tools you need, sometimes you just need a professional touch. Save our number, along with those of local emergency services. A quick call can make all the difference when time is of the essence.

8. After the Storm: Inspect & Report
Once the storm subsides and it’s safe to venture outside, do a thorough inspection. Check for leaks, damages, or any signs of blockage. If you spot something unusual, don’t hesitate to reach out. Early detection can prevent minor issues from escalating into major headaches.

In Closing

Louisiana’s hurricane season, with all its unpredictability, can be daunting. But with the right preparations, your home and plumbing can weather the storm. Here at SMJ Plumbing, we believe in not just providing solutions, but also empowering our community with knowledge. Together, we can face hurricane season with confidence and an upbeat spirit.

Stay safe, stay prepared, and remember: when in doubt, we’re just a call away. Cheers to storm-ready plumbing!
Warm regards,
Stephen Jordan
President, SMJ Plumbing

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