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Can Heavy Rain Affect My Plumbing?
Can Heavy Rain Affect My Plumbing?
Apr 27,2023

Can Heavy Rain Affect My Plumbing?

The short answer is yes. Homeowners should remain vigilant with plumbing maintenance year long to prevent severe damage. Although plumbing problems can occur suddenly, the risk of damage is higher when the weather gets wet. Property owners should have a professional plumber to handle emergencies, especially during heavy rains. When you suspect a problem with your plumbing, Rooter-Man can dispatch a technician to your premises for an inspection and repairs. Hiring a reputable plumbing repair service is essential to address issues as they arise, ensuring everything is in tip-top shape. Here are ways rain can affect your plumbing system.

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Increased Pressure on Pipes

In most homes, the plumbing is durable, but it is difficult to predict the damage caused by adverse weather. Heavy rains may not cause concern, but excess water can saturate the ground, pushing dirt, sand, and other debris around your lines into the mud. Mud is heavier than dry soil and increases external pressure on your pipes. If left unattended, the high pressure can set off a range of problems, affecting system function and efficiency. If you live in an area with a lot of rainfall, consider hiring a plumbing repair service to conduct regular inspections.

Shifting and Ruptured Underground Pipes

As mentioned, mud around the plumbing lines exerts pressure, which causes various problems. Increased pressure on pipes is shifting. Sudden shifts in pipes can cause bends and ruptures. Nothing is more frustrating and inconvenient than leaking or burst piping emergencies in the middle of the night. When this happens, you need a professional plumbing repair service to address the problem quickly. It is also essential to schedule routine inspections so that telltale signs of deterioration are handled swiftly.

Blocked Pipes

Pipes usually crack, or rupture during heavy rains, allowing debris to enter and form blockages. If the buildup isn’t cleared, it can cause water backups in your home’s basement or underground spaces. Tree roots extend throughout the yard during heavy rains and can pierce the pipes, forming additional blockages that lead to raptures. The best solution to mitigate such scenarios is to work with a trusted plumber. We leverage top-notch tools to pinpoint clogs and clear amassed debris in the system before wreaking havoc in your home.

Overworking the Sump Pump

The saturation of your premises because of heavy rains and the type of soil around your home affects what happens and where excess water goes. If the ground is dry and porous, the water drains away. However, if the ground near your home is not porous or saturated, water accumulates and compromises your home’s structural integrity. A sump pump collects the excess moisture in the basement and removes it to prevent floods. Check if your sump pump is functioning as expected, or hire a plumber to install one appropriate for your home.

Now that you know what rain can do to your plumbing, contact us at Rooter-Man for a professional inspection. We leverage extensive experience and knowledge to detect and address issues before they become more pronounced.

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