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Plumbing Leaks and Seepage

"Clean leaves and debris out of basement window wells periodically and especially after winter," says your local Clearwater plumbing specialists. If allowed to accumulate, they can cause seepage or flooding. Lay gravel at the bottom of wells to improve drainage.

Plumbing Pro Tip of the Week

  • Tip #1 If your basement floods frequently, have your local Clearwater plumber install an interior drainage system of pipes connected to a sump pump.
  • Tip #2 The sump pit should be 1 ½ – 2 feet in diameter to collect sufficient water and prevent the pump from turning on and off too frequently.
  • Tip #3 Sealing the exterior of basement walls against leaks is far more effective than sealing the interior, but it’s much more costly because it requires excavating around the foundation. Use this method only as a last resort.

PLUMBING TRADE SECRETS: Before making any plumbing repair, shut off the water supply at either the main valve or the valve nearest the fixture. In homes supplied by a municipal system, the main valve is the one nearest the water meter; in homes with their own wells, the main valve is near the water-storage tank.

Not every plumbing need, needs a plumber. When you do call your local Clearwater plumber at (817) 587-0080.