If you’re a homeowner in Boston, you should be making preparations for Hurricane Sandy. While the central portion of the hurricane is expected to make landfall in New Jersey, residents will experience significant wind and flooding in Boston as a result. Compounding the problem is a large cold front that’s traveling southward from Canada, which is expected to meet the remnants of Sandy as it moves inland.
The National Weather Service is predicting between 1 to 2 inches of rain. Flooding is expected throughout Boston, and additional water may come ashore during high tide later in the evening. Residents should verify that sump pumps and emergency generators are in good working order.
It seems like obvious advice, but homeowners should ensure that their sump pumps are connected to an electrical circuit that will be supported by their generator. This will help ensure that low-lying water can be pumped out if electrical services fail as can be anticipated during a storm of this magnitude.
Additionally, residents should stockpile clean bottled water for drinking, cooking and sanitary uses. Residents should have enough water to last 2-4 days. Municipal fresh water systems, as well as sewage systems may be overwhelmed by storm water during this event, and sewage backups may be unavoidable.
Outside of your home, make sure that all storm water drains are clear of autumn leaves and debris. This will help clear water runoff during the worst part of the storm. If time permits, homeowners should also verify that their downspouts and gutters are clear of leaves and other organic debris to allow more water to drain away from their home’s foundation. Downspout extensions can also help direct water away from the home and reduce the chance of flooding and other water damage related to the storm.
Officials are predicting that Sandy may leave millions without power for 2-4 days following the storm, and emergency power crews from around the country have already assembled in the area to assist with power restoration efforts. Boston residents should avoid driving during the storm, as flooding and flash flooding can occur, especially in areas where the ground is already saturated with water.
If you experience a plumbing emergency during the storm, please contact Boston Standard Plumbing & Heating at (617) 288-2911. We can help repair or replace damaged or non-working sump pumps, and help clear clogged drains, sewer lines and help assess other types of water damage.