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5 Ways To Safeguard Pipes Before A Landslide Occurs


Nature can be a powerful force that can change our lives in a matter of seconds. Due to all of the fires in the East Bay this past summer, homes and business are especially susceptible to landslides when the rainy season comes around. In cases of landslide-prone areas, residential and commercial building owners must know and practice mitigation measures to try and minimize damage as much as possible to their pipes in the event of a landslide.

Five ways you can safeguard your East Bay pipes in case of landslides include:

  1. Clear Waterway Obstructions Immediately Drains must be working in optimal condition at all times to allow you to perform everyday tasks. Inspecting your pipe system and storm water drainage systems in sloped areas. Inspecting your drains allow you to see where excess water will accumulate and allow your land to slide away when it becomes damp and unstable. You can also check your downspouts and see if they’re able to rout water to intended areas to divert water and prevent flooding from occurring.

  2. Landscape Wisely Hardscaping and landscaping should be done in respect to future mudslides. Look around and see if your property has empty, barren spots, and fill them with plants to hold the soil. Vegetation, grasses, and trees can significantly lessen the erosion and act as absorbents for excess water.

  3. Do A Thorough Inspection Culvert ends and drain pipes should be inspected for possible damage. See if they can still perform after a major storm or at least once every year. The inspection process should involve structural integrity, stability and for erosion. Then, focus your attention to the catch basins and drainage inlets. Have all the debris and waste material cleaned and checked at least once a year.

  4. Is a Deflection or Retaining Wall Possible? Try and see if building a retaining or deflection wall is possible by having a ground assessment done. Consult with a professional and see if any reinforcements can be made on your barn or house. Plus, ask if it’s possible to build retaining walls, deflection, or masonry walls in order to have a way to direct the mudflow away from the property.

  5. Seek Advice From A Professional A professional technician may recommend building a pipeline that can withstand ground movements. Flexible pipe fittings for gas and water lines may be installed as they are less likely to break when the soil shifts. At Absolute Plumbing and Drain, we can help you take the necessary steps to prevent or minimize the risk and scope of damage an immediate landslide can bring.