Simi Valley and the rest of Ventura County are known hotspots for the West Nile virus. Year after year, residents of Simi Valley hear the same news — a bird was found that tested positive for West Nile virus, a mosquito was found carrying the virus, or, in the worst case, people were admitted to the hospital with symptoms of West Nile virus.
These virus scares can happen as early as the spring, which is when they came last year, or as late as late summer — this year, news reports about the virus were published as late as September. Most of the media coverage about the issue comes with clear instructions Simi Valley residents should follow if they want to minimize the viral outbreak. And on top of the list of instructions is always the same thing — draining standing water on your property.
Standing or slow-moving water is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile and other dangerous viruses. The situation in Simi Valley is not nearly as bad as it is in some other parts of the world, where every water surface can become the source of disease carrying pests. But still, residents should be aware that a pool of standing water they have on their property might have a role in harming their health.
Standing water, of course, causes lots of problems for the property, not only the property owner. Standing water can damage whatever surface it’s pooling on, whether it’s the roof or your foundation. Water is at its best when it’s flowing, and you want to ensure that the excess water has somewhere to flow to.
The usual place where water flows, at least on a residential property, is the sewer drain. We have drains in our bathrooms, our kitchens, maybe in our basements. We can also have draining systems in our front lawn, backyard, or garden. When they’re doing their job well, you hardly even notice them. But when they stop, it’s obvious.
A dirty drain that’s not completely clogged will let water flow much, much slower. If you think it’s not a big deal and you continue using the drain in the same way you did before, sooner than later you’ll see that the water stops going down the drain. If you live in an apartment building, you’ll see water coming out of your drains with all the things the neighbors above you flushed down. It’s not a pretty picture, and it’s not healthy either.
To prevent damage to your health and your property, your drains should be regularly inspected, cleaned, and repaired. Inspection can be done by probing as well as with a sewer camera, and there are also several different cleaning methods that can be employed, including snaking the drain or, for a more thorough cleaning, hydro jetting. The best way to repair broken pipes is to do a trenchless repair, a technique that’s used by Rooter Drain Experts.
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