In 2016, New Orleans is still the largest city in the state of Louisiana, and also unique among major U.S. metropolitan areas for being essentially surrounded by water and below sea level. It is bordered by Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Borgne and the Mississippi River, with a system of levees that are designed to prevent flooding. Because of the low elevation, heavy rainfall also has to be cleared out by pumping and evaporation.
What do you need from a plumber in New Orleans? Protection from flooding has to be near the top of the list. Here are some tips for keeping your residence as dry as possible.
1) Water restoration services
In a place like New Orleans, water accumulation in buildings is always possible, especially if there is a lot of precipitation. New Orleans gets about 59 inches of it a year, compared to 37 for typical U.S. municipality. Having access to professional water restoration services from a plumber is a must.
Water restoration experts use state-of-the-art equipment to vacuum up the water and begin the process of cleaning and deodorizing the area. These techniques help prevent out-of-control mold and fungi growth. The affected areas (usually the lowest-lying levels of the home, apartment building or business) can be returned to normal as soon as possible.
2) Quick leak discovery
In addition to the rain outside, a leaky laundry room or kitchen can be one of the main causes of residential or commercial flooding and all of the costly damage that comes with it. In the kitchen alone, there could be substantial leaks from your faucet, refrigerator, dishwasher or garbage disposal, all of which can be difficult to identify at first but can greatly drive up your water bill and also damage your property.
Professional plumbers are trained to investigate all likely causes of an in-home leak. Whether it is a broken part or an issue with a pipe, they can perform timely repairs and replacements so that the leak is resolved and you can begin using your water normally again.
3) Efficient drain cleaning
Drainage is vital in any city, but especially in New Orleans due to it being below sea level and thus heavily reliant on pumping. Storm drains need to be regularly cleared of debris so that they do not back up and contribute to any flooding issue.
With your local New Orleans Roto-Rooter plumbing team, you can rest assured that any problematic drain, either inside or outside your home, is quickly free of debris such as leaves, grease or soap accumulation. Staying dry in a storm or flood is not always easy, but it is much more straightforward when you have a plumbing service that you can count on.