San Diego, are you ready for our next natural disaster?

These days it seems like water main breaks are a weekly occurrence around San Diego (with San Marcos being the latest neighborhood to take a hit). Meanwhile, experts predict that Southern California is due for “the big one”, and record dry conditions all but guarantee that more wildfires are in our future. We don’t mean to create unnecessary panic, but as plumbers who help repair our community’s homes, we feel an obligation to promote safety awareness. For all of our city’s assets (the beautiful weather, the beaches, the friendly people), living here also makes us susceptible to powerful natural disasters.

To stay safe at all times, read these tips that can get you through almost any natural disaster.

Make a plan

Planning ahead is the best weapon in fighting the fallout from an emergency. Whether we’re faced with a major earthquake, storm floods, or similar event, you can dramatically increase your chance of safety and survival if you make a plan ahead of time. The ideal thing to do is to make a list of potential events, and outline reactions around them. For instance, in case you have to evacuate due to a wildfire, know where you’re going to store your outdoor furniture to prevent it from burning.

Share it with your family

Once you’ve figured out basic emergency plans, disseminate them to your family. Make sure everyone knows what to do for each event, and follow up often. Once you’ve made a list of different disasters with different instructions, it can be easily to forget or confuse the steps. Go over the details with your family once a month, or whatever time frame works for you.

Know important phone numbers

Obviously, everyone in the family should be in touch with each other in case you’re hit with a flood, fire, etc. But did you know that safety experts suggest that you contact not just your family, but utility companies and contractors as well? For instance, if a water main breaks in your neighborhood, you’ll want to call the most skilled plumber in San Marcos to test your tap water. Boyd Rogers can run quality assurance tests and check for water damage. Whether you attend CSUSM or live near San Marcos Growers, we’ll make sure your plumbing and home recover from any flood or natural disaster.

Create an emergency kit

Emergency kits are essential for any disastrous event. Earthquakes, in particular, require the use of a well-planned kit. Whether it’s a first-aid box, designated drawer, or other container that’s easy to reach, make sure you keep your safety items handy. Experts recommend that all kits should include things like bandages (of varying sizes), rubbing alcohol, gauze, scissors, aspirin – basically anything that will help alleviate injury or pain should people hurt themselves during the shaking.

Additionally you should keep flashlights and extra batteries handy. In a big quake, the electricity may go out for days. While you can probably make due without appliances (keeping canned food on hand is also a good idea), you’ll need to see well in order to move around.

 

 

 

 

 


Simple plumbing facts every resident can use

Every Oceanside resident should know at least a little about his plumbing. Even if you rent and would rather leave repairs to the landlord, or if you’re a homeowner and prefer to let plumbers do the work, it never hurts to know some basic facts about your residence. Even the least DIY-inclined folks can benefit from these 5 simple but essential nuggets of knowledge, as they’re likely to save you money and improve the lifespan of your plumbing.

Showerheads are wasteful

Showerheads are water wasters, pure and simple. Old models in particular use more water than is necessary – 2.5 gallons per minute to be precise. That figure is pretty astounding, especially given the efficiency of newer models. The government’s WaterSense program mandates that showerheads use less than 2 GPM. While this is mandatory yet for California, it’s a good idea to keep up with trends. It’ll save water and reduce your monthly bill.

Water heaters need to be cleaned

Many residents assume that water heaters can just be left alone, that they only require inspection when there’s a leak or a reduction in water pressure. However, to make sure that your heater lasts longer, you need to flush it once a year. Otherwise, debris will accumulate and the interior of the tank will start to corrode over time. If you’re adept at home improvement projects, you might be able to do this yourself. If not, just call the most reliable plumber in Oceanside. Boyd Rogers’ team of experts can service your hot water heater, whether you live near Main Street or by The Oceanside Pier. 

Water efficiency works

While showerheads are leading water wasters, replacing them isn’t the only way to save valuable H2O while slashing your water bill. Low-flush toilets, tankless water heaters, and grey water all represent methods of water conservation around the house. Re-use water whenever possible and consider replacing your grass with turf. A little inconvenience up front will definitely pay off down the line.

Clogs are the #1 cause of emergencies

Some plumbers may argue that burst pipes cause more nerve-wracking incidents among homeowners than anything else, but in our experience, clogs tend to create headaches more often. In fact, in many cases they actually cause pipes to burst. If a sink or toilet backs up and can’t be plunged, you’ll need help. In more extreme cases, a sewer line may clog, causing water to flow back into the house or worse – shatter the pipe completely. Don’t let clogs persist.

Old tree roots can spell trouble

Oceanside has some beautiful coastal trees. If you have one in your yard, consider yourself lucky – and at risk. Older trees have deep roots that spread out underground. Often times these roots will interfere with sewer lines, encroaching on and disrupting them. The result can be a clogged or even severed pipe. Keep an eye on your trees and if you’re really curious, access the blueprints for your residence. This way, you can get a better idea for where the sewer line located, and if it’s at risk.


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