There’s nothing as peaceful as the gentle sound of rain falling with a slight rumble of thunder in the background. You can sip on a cup of hot tea and watch gently fall from the sky. But a peaceful moment such as this can quickly turn into a panic when you experience plumbing problems in the middle of a rainstorm. This thought begs the question: can too much rain cause plumbing problems? Can an excess of a good thing lead to bad things? Keep reading to learn about the common plumbing issues that stem from a massive rainstorm.
Pipes Will Break
If you live in a place that hasn’t seen rain for some time, the ground will harden. You know you’re in near-drought conditions if you find big cracks in your yard. Many people welcome a big rain at this point. However, a sudden heavy rain will cause your ground to shift, expand, and move. Galvanized steel pipes fitted to older homes will break when they shift. You will know pretty quickly that you have a broken pipe. You’ll see discolored water and debris in the water. You will also see a much higher water bill if you let the broken pipe go.
Do not attempt to repair the broken pipe on your own. You will need a plumber and possibly an excavation company to locate and then fix the broken pipe.
Drain Lines Fill
If your property’s main drain line consists of gutters directed to your property, then you will most likely have full gutters and drains when too much rain falls too fast. When the rain is falling fast and furious, limit your water usage in your home. Avoid pouring things down your drain that isn’t water or water-based. For example, do not pour grease or fat down your drains. This will cause blockages and problems down the line.
Often when rain falls heavily from the sky, the ground does not have enough time to soak it up and flash flooding results. If you have poor drainage around your home, water will leak into your basement through the walls and floor. Make sure you have a working sump pump before the rains reveal your plumbing weaknesses. You can test your sump pump monthly by pouring water into the pump hole. The pump should kick in automatically and drain the water. If you’ve begun to notice water seeping through your window wells, you can also consider putting a sump pump in the window well until you figure out a better yard drainage system.
Debris Blocks Drains
Debris and trash will float through flooded areas and block drains. If you begin to notice your indoor drains moving more slowly or if you begin to smell sewage from the drains, call a plumber. The plumber will remove the debris from the blocked area. You can also help yourself out before a big rain comes by clearing your roof, storm drains, and gutters of any leaves, sticks, and other debris.
Sewage Backs Up
When debris blocks sewage pipes, the sewage water will come back into your home through your toilets and sinks. Even worse, your sewage pipes can burst from the buildup.
Flooded yards naturally result from an onslaught of rain. But they also can indicate a problem. If your yard does not drain properly, you will have water sitting against your home’s foundation for a period of time. If you notice water sitting in your yard, contact a plumber for an evaluation. They will have ideas on how to renovate your yard to add drains in low points.
Sump Pumps Break
Even if your sump pump is working when you test it monthly, it can malfunction. Nothing will test its capacity like heavy rain. There are times when the pump will just not be able to keep up with the capacity of water flowing in as well. Some individuals will solve this problem by having two sump pumps or by installing a pump with a larger capacity. If you lose power, you will lose your sump pump as well. So make sure you have a backup power supply for your pump, and then plug it in when a big storm hits.
Evaluate and Prevent
You can prevent a variety of plumbing problems that result from heavy rain. Having the right plumbing materials on hand will help you with this effort. Here are a few things you can do:
- Keep drains clear
- Clean your gutters regularly
- Have drains inspected by a professional plumber regularly
- Test your sump pump regularly
- Have a generator on standby in case your power goes out
If you’re looking at purchasing a different home, pay close attention to the drainage in that home. Do they have a sump pump in place? Are the gutters secure and newer?
You can help yourself out by driving through the neighborhood on a rainy day to see how the yard looks as well.
Beware of Too Much Rain
Rain is a blessing. It greens up the lawn and keeps the flowers watered. It washes off the dust of the day and leaves your home and yard shiny and clean. But too much rain can cause all kinds of plumbing problems. If you need any plumbing supplies to avoid such problems, contact us. We have a variety of commercial plumbing supplies that will keep your home dry. Our 60,000-square foot warehouse contains a variety of the highest-quality products in the most recent styles. Furthermore, we are an authorized American Standard dealer. Our full-time, certified designers can help you find the supplies you need for your next project. Contact us today.