How Heavy Rain Can Affect Your Plumbing

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Heavy rainfall can cause serious damage to your pipes or plumbing system. Unfortunately, homeowners are not always prepared. Strong rains can cause increased pressure on underground pipes, which can cause them to shift, backup, and more. Some experience a burst water pipe. Most often these plumbing issues require the services of a licensed plumber.

Plumbing systems require proper maintenance and care to remain intact and fully operational. Professionally licensed, highly experienced plumbers at Robinson Plumbing offer plumbing services. They can help you to fix existing issues, check potential problems, or answer any plumbing questions.

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How Heavy Rain Can Affect Your Plumbing

In this article, we discuss how heavy rain can impact your plumbing system.

Lack Of Outdoor Drainage

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Heavy rainfall can cause water to accumulate in dips and low points in your yard. Often, there is nowhere for the water to drain, and these rainwater pools become a problem. Outdoor flooding can indicate a lack of proper drainage. Therefore, it is important to find the exact location of the water and determine if drains are in the appropriate place. This sort of flooding compromises the stability of the underlying deck, foundation, or driveway of the property. A properly placed area drain could solve this problem by carrying water away from the property and providing adequate drainage at the low points. Most current residential plumbing systems are solidly built, but no one can predict what weather will do to plumbing systems. Therefore, it is best to call a knowledgeable plumber to access your system before a problem arises.

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Heavy Rainfall Can Cause Pipes To Backup

Heavy rainfall adds weight and moisture to soil, causing increased pressure, which can potentially damage pipes. Buried pipes can shift in the soft soil, which may cause them to bend at odd angles and crack. Those cracks can cause pipes to leak, among many other problems with your plumbing system. Cracked pipes can cause major problems if not repaired immediately. If you think that you may have a cracked pipe, turn off your main water valve and call Robinson Plumbing. A knowledgeable plumber will be able to detect the problem areas, then repair or replace the pipes.

Sewage Backing Up Into Your Home and Clogged Drains

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Debris, such as pebbles, sand, and mud, can enter into pipes through cracks. This debris can create a blockage, which allows water to back-up into your home. This can lead to damp underground storage areas or basements. Over time, water leakage may become worse and eventually lead to mold growth and/or foundation problems. Resealing the basement can temporarily fix the problem, but the water will still accumulate and back-up. The best solution is to call a plumber immediately, and permanently fix the issue.

Tree roots are another common cause of cracked pipes. They absorb nutrients from the pipes and continually grow inside the pipe until it eventually breaks under pressure. If you begin to notice the water in your shower draining sluggishly, or your toilet bowl filling up during an empty flush, this could be a sign that your pipes are slowly clogging.

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What You Should Do

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Before heavy rains hit, the best thing for a homeowner to do is to be sure that your plumbing system is working properly. Furthermore, make sure that it is up to date. Be sure to have any existing plumbing repairs or issues addressed by a licensed plumber before a heavy rain. Otherwise, a small issue could turn into a big, costly one. The best time to have your pipes checked is during the spring, or before winter.

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Always Check Your Gutters

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To help prevent flooding, always check street drains near your home. Extra water from melted snow, or excessive rainfall can cause sticks and leaves to build up and create a dam. Checking and removing excess build-up will help to prevent water surge, which can cause havoc on city pipes.

What Should You Do Next?

Homeowners should be prepared for the potential plumbing problems during a heavy rainstorm. Whether you are dealing with a sewer blockage, simple clogged drain, or major pipe burst the team at Robinson Plumbing is prepared to help restore functionality to your home and property. We offer several different services and look forward to serving your plumbing needs.

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Call Robinson Plumbing For All Of Your Plumbing Requirements

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For reliable plumbing services, contact Robinson Plumbing, one of the Lehigh Valley’s most trusted plumbing service companies. Our plumbing services range from professional plumbing inspections, water leak repairs, faucet repairs and replacements, clogged drains, to the installation of water-efficient plumbing fixtures. For any plumbing repairs, we always offer a wide range of solutions whenever possible. This way, you can choose the option that works best for your budget and family.

We are proud to offer the best and most affordable plumbing services in the Lehigh Valley. All of our plumbers have the proper licenses and experience to ensure your satisfaction. We back all of our work with a guarantee. Contact Robinson Plumbing today to schedule a free estimate.
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