How Heavy Rain Impacts The Home’s Plumbing System
August 21, 2023
The rainy season is a time for rubber boots, splashing in puddles, and dancing in the rain. It’s also a time for homeowners to pay close attention to the ways heavy rain impacts their home’s plumbing system.
Increase pressure on pipes
Heavy rainfall increases the amount of pressure your pipes have to deal with. When mud is flooded with rain water, it rests heavier on the pipes, potentially leading to damage. Modern plumbing systems are built to withstand this pressure, but older homes may be at increased risk of ruptured pipes. We recommend scheduling an inspection to make sure your home’s plumbing system is ready for the pressure of heavy rain.
Shift underground pipes
Heavy rain can soften the earth surrounding underground pipes, potentially causing them to shift and leading to cracks. Cracked underground pipes can cause severe water damage during a rainstorm if unnoticed and unresolved.
If you suspect a cracked pipe, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve and call Hamilton Plumbing, Heating, A/C & Rooter for emergency repair right away.
Cause backups in pipes
When underground pipes crack, they will become clogged with rocks and soil. If the blockage is extensive, this could cause water to seep into your home’s basement or underground storage areas.
Another potential plumbing hazard to be on the lookout for is tree roots. Large tree roots can absorb chemicals from the pipes and end up breaking into them. Once they’ve reached the pipes, they will begin to grow inside them and cause a backup.
If you notice a toilet bowl filling up after an empty flush, or a shower draining slower than usual, you may have a serious clog in the plumbing system.
How To Prevent Damage During The Rainy Season
The best way to protect your home’s plumbing system is to take care of existing plumbing issues and to keep up with maintenance. This will help ensure your plumbing system remains in top condition and is ready to face whatever weather may come.
Call The Experts at Hamilton
For plumbing maintenance tips or service, give Hamilton Plumbing, Heating, A/C & Rooter a call or schedule your service online.
Last Updated: August 29, 2023