San Diego Flood Awareness 101: Top Causes
Floods? In San Diego?
Despite our on-going drought, we know this winter we’ll be helping families deal with flooding in their homes and businesses. The biggest causes of local floods are heavy rains, water heater leaks, new home or landscape construction and lawn drain blockage. If water has already soaked your carpet and flooring, skip right to our post “Fast First Steps toTake after a Flood.”
Heavy rains: Our low-lying areas like Coronado, Mission Valley and Mission Beach are prone to flooding. Even though home owners in these areas are aware of this fact and take precautions, unforeseen circumstances like a blocked drain in the yard or change in landscaping can channel water into homes and garages.
Water Heater Leaks: Expert San Diego plumbers for more than 30 years, we beg our clients to examine their water heaters regularly and flush them at least once a year. While a tank water heater can last for 12 – 15 years, many people push them to 20. Each extra year is an extra gamble. When a water heater spills 50 to 80 gallons of water into your garage, it can cause $1,000 worth of damage or more, erasing the cost savings of the extra year or two you got out of it.
New Home Construction/ New Landscaping: Our local contractors do their best to grade yards, cement patios, porches, embankments and more so any rain runs AWAY from the home rather than toward it. Still, every year, even with a modest amount of rain, rooms edging a patio fill with water.
Lawn Drain Blockage: Our lack of rain over the past three years has lead to blocked lawn drains. Leaves, mud and more builds up and builds up, invisible to homeowners until a rain. Soon the lawn turns into a pond and that pond inches ever close to the home. Our last post, “San Diego Plumbers Prepare for Rainy Season,” we covered how on local meteorologist believes San Diego could finally get some decent rain this winter.
Perry Plumbing is happy to come out to check your lawn drainage system and even your entire plumbing system so you can rest easy this winter. Feel free to call us to schedule a free onsite inspection and estimate. Our frequent plumbing service coupons and specials help our clients save! Take a minute to read our 5-star reviews on Yelp! and Google Plus. Our satisfied clients let us know how we are doing!