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Potential Plumbing Problems Caused by Rain

Plumbing Problems
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While the rainy season in the Sunshine State generally only starts around mid-May, you want to be prepared for any potential plumbing problems caused by rain. As you would expect, dealing with plumbing problems at the last minute can be a hassle. This is why regular preventative maintenance for your entire plumbing system is so important. This is especially true in South Florida, where plumbing infrastructures tend to be more susceptible to corrosion and problems from being at or below sea level in many areas.

Potential Plumbing Problems During Heavy Rain

Since it’s often the last thing on your mind, you should be aware that there are potential problems that will pop up during heavy rains.

Clogs and Blockages

If you notice water pooling in your kitchen, bathroom or other indoor drains, chances are, you’ve got a clog or blockage. Do not make use of chemical drain cleaners, even if it seems like an easy out. Caustic chemical drain cleaners will do more harm than good, especially during rainstorms. Your outside drainage and sewer system could be clogged by various dirt and debris, causing the clogs. It’s best to call a professional plumber for a quality rooter or plumbing service. Your technician may discover that there are other things causing the blockage. They can also check your entire plumbing pipe system for any signs of deterioration.

Drainage Issues

Depending on the amount of rainfall, you could end up with a flooded lawn or home due to drainage issues. Improper drainage in your lawn can indicate that there are severe issues with your home’s drainage system. If your lawn doesn’t drain correctly after heavy rains, the foundation of your home could be at risk, and you don’t want to end up with a flooded household foundation. A damaged foundation compromises the stability of your home which is dangerous for a number of obvious reasons.

An additional side effect of improper drainage is dealing with standing water after the rain has stopped. Stagnant water is the perfect breeding ground for pests like mosquitos or Silverfish. If left long enough, stagnant water also brings with it unpleasant odors and bacteria. Having the right type of outdoor drainage system can prepare you for the eventual downpours of rain we so often experience in South Florida.

Bursting Or Broken Pipes

If you notice that your water is discolored, has a metallic taste, or there is a weird odor in the air, you need to call a professional plumber as soon as possible. When coupled with periods of heavy rainfall, regular wear and tear, chemical cleaners, and age, damage to your plumbing system is almost inevitable. This damage includes cracks in your plumbing system which could mean that the supposed freshwater you’re consuming and using to cook, clean, and bathe is contaminated.

Sewage Back-Up

Unfortunately, and as we’re sure you can imagine, when external debris clogs the sewer lines, it can have an effect on your home. If the outside plumbing system is backed up with debris and sediment, your pipes can end up being clogged. This could have a domino effect on your home’s sewer line and cause a sewage blockage when wastewater can’t properly drain to the municipal line.

Plumbing Problems and Plumbing Repairs Go Hand in Hand

Irrespective of your current plumbing situation, it’s always better to be prepared than caught off guard by plumbing problems. As no strangers to wet weather, South Florida homeowners need to prepare ahead of time by performing regular preventative maintenance to your entire plumbing system.

Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric has been taking care of South Florida’s pipes since 1983. As residents ourselves, we understand how important it is that your home’s plumbing is operating efficiently, no matter the weather. Our team of reliable plumbers are state-licensed, insured, and experienced to give you peace of mind. To schedule an inspection of your plumbing system, call Art today at 1-800-475-1504!


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