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Does Rain Affect My Plumbing?

Does Rain Affect My Plumbing?

The rain is usually celebrated, especially after a long period of hot, humid summer weather. Although there are many benefits to rainfall, a heavy downpour can result in catastrophic damage to your plumbing system. Homes that have a poorly built-in plumbing system that can’t withstand the intake of massive proportions of water are likely to experience a significant problem. Mr. Rooter Plumbing has a team of expert plumbers who are experienced and up to deal with the effects of extreme external forces. After a heavy downpour, some of the signs you need to look out for include:

Pipe and Drain Blockage

As rainwater flows down the sewer system, it carries with it all sorts of things from sticks, trash, debris, and other trash. All these things are deposited in the property’s sewer system, resulting in clogging pipes and drains. This is why backups usually occur during the rainy season, which is preceded by a foul odor emanating from the drain channel. If you detect such signs, the first thing you need to do is unblock the drains using a plunger. It is also advisable to ensure that you have cleared all the debris from the rooftops, gutters, and around the drain. If these problems persist, consider contracting expert plumbers.

Yard Floods

When the rain pours continuously for a long time, the water is likely to collect at the lower points of the yard. This is usually a serious issue that requires immediate attention for houses lying on even ground or those with poor drainage. Water that usually accumulates in the basement, walkways, or driveways is likely to compromise the structural integrity of your property. Floods can also result in property damage, wood rot, and mold growth, among other problems. Our team of expert plumbers has the right equipment needed to get rid of the accumulated water and dry the spot effectively.

Pipe Bursts

Underground plumbing relies on the stability of the soil around it for support. However, when there’s heavy rain, the soil tends to shift, weakening the plumbing causing it to bend. This is one of the causes of cracking in lines, and if it is not dealt with in time, it could result in significant damage. The rainwater also turns the surrounding soil into heavy mad, which sits on the pipes, causing them to break. This usually occurs in plumbing that is fragile and old. Even homes with newly installed lines can easily succumb to the pressure of heavy rainfall, resulting in issues with your plumbing.

If there’s an undetected leak in your property, it is important to ensure that you are familiar with the various signs, such as reduced water pressure or debris in the water. It is advisable to consult an expert when you detect such signs for repairs and replacements if necessary to prevent major issues. For more information regarding maintaining a healthy plumbing system and how to protect your system from the adverse effects of heavy rainfall, contact the experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing to get ahead of any significant plumbing-related issues.