Yonkers is sometimes called The Sixth Borough because of its proximity to New York City and the similarity of many of its buildings to ones in the bordering borough of the Bronx. Only two miles from Manhattan at the closest point, Yonkers is a quintessential NYC suburb.
Like the Big Apple itself, Yonkers has a diverse climate that sees heavy snowfall in the winter and very warm and humid days in the summer. Compared with the U.S. average, Yonkers receives about 10 more inches of annual rainfall and 8 more inches of snowfall.
This means coastal flooding and frozen pipes are common plumbing issues in the area. What should you do to stay prepared? Here are a few tips to consider:
1) Guard against frozen pipes
Temperatures in Yonkers regularly get below freezing in the winter months. To keep your pipes safe from the cold, you can always try:
If you do run into a freeze that you can't get out of by using a hair dryer, call a professional plumber right away for assistance.
2) Use water restoration to recover from a flood
Parts of Yonkers, especially East Yonkers, are very flood-prone. Above-average rainfall along with the debris that has piled up for years in the Bronx River and the Grassy Sprain Brook mean that water often finds its way into basements.
Once the standing water is up to your ankles, what do you do? Water restoration is the best option. A professional plumbing team will remove the visible water and also dehumidify the area in order to prevent damaging mold growth.
3) Monitor your sump pump
Sump pumps are essential for keeping groundwater out of a basement or crawl space. Be sure to check up on them regularly.
Perform routine tests by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit and seeing if it is promptly drained out. Reach beneath the pump from time to time to clean out any dirt, gravel or other obstructions.
Yonkers is conveniently located, with lots to see and do. Ensure that your building is safe from floods and freezes by contacting Roto-Rooter.