Can Too Much Rain Cause Plumbing Problems?

February 12, 2021

Heavy rain can cause many plumbing problems. The pipes in your home may get overloaded because of harsh weather, so it is essential to inspect your plumbing regularly and during a storm to make sure there isn’t a problem. Here are a few issues that heavy rain causes a home plumbing system.

Broken Pipes

When it rains, it can cause pipes to break because the ground can shift. The lines lay on soil and rocks that can move because of the saturated ground and then have added pressure that can cause them to burst. Signs of this are dirt in your water, discolored water, or bad tasting water. You may notice dirt or debris in the water coming from your faucets!

Sewage Backing Up

Sewage backing up into homes from the main city lines is ordinary after heavy rains and flooding. Rain pushes trash, debris, and even the leaves in your gutters into drains that become overloaded and backed up. If you know a storm is on the way, check your outside drains before the rain to make sure they aren’t clogged already. It is also essential to keep gutters and curbsides cleaned so that the debris doesn’t collect in the outside areas that run into external drains.

Clogged Pipes

Instead of sewage backing up, heavy rains can cause your pipes to clog entirely. This clogging is caused by debris being pushed back into your lines so that water can’t flow. The debris may cause sewage to back up, but it can also cause other damage to the inside and outside of your property. You can also have a burst pipe if there is too much pressure and the line isn’t cleaned as soon as possible. If you notice that water isn’t flowing down the drains in your home correctly after or during heavy rain, it is critical to get a plumber to remove the clog right away.

Get a Plumber

At Marklein Plumbing, we offer plumbing services for sewer lines, pipe repairs, and cleaning lines after heavy rains. We also work on mainlines as well as providing faucet and toilet installation and repair. If you have plumbing issues because of a storm, contact us in Ramona, CA, to get your plumbing working well again!

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