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In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, millions of people across the country are facing the overwhelming process of flood recovery. Whether water damage results from a natural disaster or a plumbing mishap, homeowners whose homes have been impacted by flooding, could face hidden damage. So, regardless of the extent of the damage, it’s important to hire a licensed plumber and general contractor like JB Plumbing, so they can conduct a thorough inspection, repair the problem and rehabilitate the house.

Common Post-Flood Problems

Flooding Drains

Since floodwater is filled with dirt and silt, residue left behind following floods is bacteria-ridden. What’s more, drains that were covered by floodwater could be clogged with particles. And while DIY tools like a plunger or household plumbing snake can clear large obstructions, they fail to effectively remediate germs or eliminate the risk of mold accumulation.

Dirty and Damaged Fixtures from Floods

Replace plumbing fixtures that suffer physical damage due to wind, structural failure and debris. But even those fixtures that remain intact still require thorough cleaning using a water and diluted bleach solution. When it comes to faucets and showerheads, you may need to disassemble the parts and soak them in diluted bleach to prevent mold growth.

Broken Pipes in the Home

The risks of flying debris from a hurricane and floating debris from a flood present a double whammy to your home’s pipes. Check to identify pipes that have cracked or broken. Identify the problem before floodwater destroys the home. If you notice new water sources showing up after floodwater recedes, turn off water at the main while waiting for a qualified plumber to arrive on scene.

Underground Pipes

Standing water and saturated soil can crush buried water and waste lines. If you see sinkholes on your property after water recedes, it’s possible that one or more such lines have collapsed. Your plumber may need to use a camera to inspect underground lines.

Damage to Foundation

Damage can occur during a flood if saturated soil moves the foundation. Unsteady ground may crack the foundation. Plumbing pipes are just one type of building material that can sustain damage in just such an event. When this occurs, do foundation repairs before replacing pipes. JB Plumbing specializes in slab leak repair following floods. We make sure everything remains in good condition, under and above ground.

About JB Plumbing

If you need assistance following a flood or anything related to your plumbing, in and around the San Gabriel Valley, give us a call. With us, you can expect upfront pricing; fast, free estimates; licensed, bonded and insured plumbers who are neat, polite, and well trained. We use state-of-the-art tools and equipment and are proud of the fact our services are free from hidden costs like travel charges. If you contact JB Plumbing today, 24/7, you will speak directly to a plumber instead of a telephone answering service. At JB Plumbing, we are experts in residential and commercial plumbing as well as construction. Call today to schedule an appointment. (909) 593-2194.

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