One of the most tedious outdoor plumbing tasks that people neglect is downspout drain cleaning. During the summer and fall, leaves and sticks build up in your gutters. When it rains or snow melts, this debris is washed into your downspouts and can cause major clogging, as well as ice dams on your roof and massive icicle formations. It's important to ensure your downspout is clear and functioning so it can prevent your home from flooding by directing water away from your basement and main floor.
A great way to prevent your home from flooding is to check your downspouts and gutters on a monthly basis and after windy days. Get on a secure ladder and remove any sticks, leaves or other debris that fell into your gutters. It's also important to check downspout drains, as they can easily become clogged during rainstorms. If you're having trouble removing gunk and buildup by hand, grab a high-power garden hose sprayer or a hand-held plumbing snake. You may be tempted to use a power garden-snake, but avoid these if you have plastic gutters or a plastic downspout, as they can actually puncture the delicate material.
If you are not comfortable with heights, or find that your downspout issues are more serious than you originally thought, consider calling Roto-Rooter. We offer many outdoor plumbing services, including help with downspouts, that assure your home is protected against flooding. Our technicians are knowledgeable and timely, and they're available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If your basement has ever flooded, you know what a devastating event it can be. Not only do you have to remove the water, but there's often some serious damage done to your belongings that were residing in the basement. To prevent this from happening, here are some outside tips and maintenance procedures that you can follow:
Stay on top of outdoor faucet repair. You may be surprised to know that the leaking hose faucet right next to your patio may contribute to the slow flooding and molding of your basement. As those water droplets continue to make their way into the soil next to your home, they are saturating the area. This means there is nowhere for excess rain to go during storms, which may mean it heads inside your home. A leak may also be caused by a cracked or damaged pipe, which can cause more serious issues at the point of origin, located inside your house. Call Roto-Rooter to fix your outdoor faucets so they are in proper working condition and not endangering your basement.
Do you have your own septic system? If so, consider treating it every four to six months with Roto-Rooter Septic & Cesspool Treatment. This helps to remove any buildup in the pipes and reservoirs to keep them healthy and flowing properly. Be sure to have your septic system checked and pumped every two or three years to ensure that it has enough room to accommodate your needs and is in proper working order.
For people who have outdoor hoses and live in cold climates, it's important to turn the water to these plumbing outlets off during the wintertime. If you neglect to do this, the water in the pipes may freeze, causing them to burst. When this water thaws it may flood your home, leaving you out in the cold. Not sure how to turn off the water to your hose? Call a Roto-Rooter plumber to take a look and make sure your outdoor plumbing is winter-ready.