Signs of Earthquake Damage to Your Plumbing

We get our share of earthquakes in Southern California, and sometimes the damage can extend well beyond the temblor itself. The ground can shift beneath your home and formerly stable elements can become dangerously unbalanced. The especially applies to components of your home such as the electricity and plumbing. Here in Glendale, plumbing repair services can fix many problems associated with plumbing, but you need to know what to look for before you can call them in. Here are some signs of earthquake damage to your plumbing.

Of paramount concern is the main line from your home to Glendale’s public sewer system. If it ruptures or breaches, you’re likely to notice. The grass could suddenly become greener in the patch of ground above it, as the leaking sewage serves as a de facto fertilizer for your lawn. You may also notice puddles of liquid forming in your yard and/or unpleasant odors coming from your pipe. Water mains will result in puddles as well, in addition to a severe drop in the water pressure in your home.

Damage inside the home is likely to be more localized, and may affect only one single room or unit. You may turn on a sink or shower and find no water coming out. You may also see signs of backup in toilets and sinks, or discolored water emerging from your pipes. If you detect any such signs, shut off the main water valve to you home and call a plumber to fix the problem immediately. Under no circumstances should you drink or cook from water delivered by pipes that have been damaged in an earthquake. Use bottled water until a plumber has had a chance to take a look at it.

If you spot signs of earthquake damage to your plumbing, the Glendale plumbing repair experts at My Drain Company can help. We offer plumbing repair services, from earthquake damage falls under our purveyance, and we can even install additional safety features to help your system better endure the next quake. Give us a call today and let us show you what we can do!

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