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How to Deal with Post-Hurricane Pipe Repair in South Florida

How to Deal with Post-Hurricane Pipe Repair in South Florida

Posted in Pipe Repair, on July 10, 2024


In the wake of Hurricane Beryl many commercial and residential property owners in South Florida from Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton to Boynton Beach and beyond may notice some trouble with their plumbing infrastructure. Despite not making direct landfall in South Florida, the presence of tropical storms and heavy winds significantly damage pipes and contaminate water sources. If you need an emergency plumber in Boca Raton or the surrounding areas in Broward County, contact Broward Plumbing. Our certified and licensed plumbers have decades of experience and are equipped with leading tools and high-quality materials for effective pipe repairs and infrastructure restoration. 

Need a plumber in Boca Raton or the nearby areas now? Call Broward Plumbing for emergency services near you. 

Common Plumbing Problems Post-Storm

tropical storm pipe repair Boca RatonThe outer bands of the tropical storm brought heavy winds and rainfall to South Florida increasing storm surges, creating a number of potential hazards and problems for beach-adjacent neighborhoods and properties. 

Pipe Damage

As water levels increase, it typically overwhelms local infrastructure causing backups and contamination. When too much water ends up in drain pipes and moves backwards it can increase pressure on pipes causing cracks or burst pipes. 

Cast Iron Pipe Repair in Boca Raton & The Beaches

Where cast iron pipes are used in many older beach properties, the aging nature of the pipes are more vulnerable to serious damage, requiring professional cast iron pipe repair and replacement. 

Cast iron pipes are particularly vulnerable to damage from storm surges and flooding because they are often already compacted with sediment and mineral buildup from South Florida’s notoriously hard water, the reduced space in the pipes leave less room for water to flow through, creating more pressure on the pipes to contain the increase levels of water. 
In most cases preventative hydro jetting (a form of pipe maintenance) or cast iron pipe replacement can help better equip your sewer lines for an active storm season, but the best option is to make the switch to PVC pipes. Investing in modern high-quality plumbing materials with Broward Plumbing will mitigate your need for sewer line repair. 

Soil Shifts and Sewer Line Damage

More water into the land and infrastructure can cause soil shifts and erosion that can move and damage your pipes externally. The more your pipes move from soil, the more likely seals and connections will loosen and crack open, causing water to escape and flood your property. Polybutylene pipes, which are still prevalent in Boca Raton and South Florida, are particularly at risk of damage because of their inferior structure integrity to alternatives like PVC plumbing. 

Water Damage & Hidden Leaks

When pipes become overwhelmed with water and debris from storms, it can wreak havoc within your property too. Interior leaks may be hard to spot and first, and finding the source is often an even bigger challenge. It’s important to find leaks and address them immediately, this will save you from large scale water damage, costly repairs, and subsequent mold infestations. Our plumbers in Boca Raton offer reliable water leak detection and slab leak detection so you can streamline burst pipe repair in the wake of a storm, before wide scale damage ensues. For reliable plumbing repair and leak detection, call our emergency plumbers in Boca Raton. Our team will arrive in under an hour for urgent plumbing calls. 

What to Expect from Hurricane Season in 2024

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted that the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season will be more active and more dangerous than the years prior. This can translate to more tropical storms and hurricanes and higher intensities. If you’re concerned about the health of your plumbing, contact our plumbers at Boca Raton for preventive action such as cast iron pipe repair, hydro jetting, and polybutylene pipe replacement. Starting with advanced robotic camera inspections, our skilled technicians will be able to detect any vulnerabilities in your plumbing system and provide solutions and repairs that strengthen your pipes and property in the face of future storms. 

With South Florida being a common target for Atlantic storms, it’s a good idea to have a reliable plumber on hand. If you need emergency plumbing services, don’t hesitate to contact our team right away. Our plumbers serving Boca Raton, Fort Lauderale, Boynton Beach, Tamarac and the surrounding areas are committed to providing you with comprehensive, effective, and reliable services. 

If you need emergency repair now, contact Broward Plumbing right away. 

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