Water Hazards You Should Be Aware Of
Our mission at Atlantic Coast Water Clinic is to provide your family with the safest and healthiest drinking water possible. That doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t possible water hazards to be aware of. From floods to swimming and more, here are the top six water hazards you should know about.
A storm surge
This may be the most common possible water hazard for our region. When hurricanes pound the Atlantic coast, they can lead to what we all know as a storm surge. The strong winds and intense variations in air pressure cause ocean water to surge back in over the land. That can lead to extensive flooding and other safety concerns.
Speaking of floods, low-lying streets and areas should always pay attention to storm forecasts. As a flooded road can stall the engine of your car or truck, it’s always a good idea to go around them.
And of course, if there is any concern that your home itself is in danger of flooding, be sure to get your important belongings to a higher level.
Frozen water pipes
Although less of a concern in our region, it’s always a good idea to keep this tip in mind. Water pipes near the walls of your home can freeze when the outside temperature hits a critical low. By letting your faucets drip just a tiny bit, you can help stop this from affecting your home.
Safety while swimming
How often do you let your kids have a pool party? Do they know to watch for tide flags when spending an afternoon at the beach? What about crowds: do you have a system to stay in touch during tourist season? Swimming when there are larger groups nearby is a possible water hazard you need to be aware of and teach your kids how to handle.
Did you know that in 2020 a 4.0 earthquake hit the panhandle? Although we don’t think of seismic activity as something to typically worry about as there are no known fault lines in our region, when traveling outside of our state you should always be aware of the possibility of earthquakes and the corresponding tsunamis that may hit those locales.
In other parts of the country, ice dams within a home’s gutter system are a major concern. Locally, that’s less of a worry but it’s still important to keep your gutters clean. A backed-up or full gutter system can lead to a variety of possible water hazards. Your gutters could overflow, just like a waterfall. This could, in turn, damage your home’s foundation. Likewise, a backed-up gutter could allow water to get below your shingles and lead to leaks within your home.
Possible water hazards with your drinking water
As we mentioned, our mission is to provide you with clean and safe drinking water for your home or workplace. That’s a bonus seventh possible water hazard and one that we take extremely seriously.
If you have concerns about the quality of your water supply, let us know. Book a free water test by calling Atlantic Coast Water Clinic at 772-283-4767 or simply by sending us a short message.