Most people don’t worry about the effects of rainstorms or periods of heavy rain on their home’s plumbing system unless something goes wrong. While seepage and flooding are commonplace rain concerns, plumbing problems are an issue that might require a call to your plumbing service. Peach Plumbing & Drain serves Brookhaven, GA, with a complete range of professional plumbing solutions. We’re dedicated to delivering the best-possible service to our customers. If you have a plumbing problem that occurs when it rains, you can rely on our licensed plumbers to make the necessary repairs.
Rain and Your Plumbing
There are a few plumbing problems caused by rainstorms and periods of heavy rain that property owners should know about. While sometimes the issues are a problem for the municipality, often it’s a problem for the resident to contend with. When the problem relates to your plumbing, you can rely on Peach Plumbing & Drain. The following are a few plumbing problems caused by rain:
Too Much Water
Your drains feed into the sewer line that runs to the city sewer. In that sense, drain after drain is connected via the sewer system in Brookhaven, GA. When too much rainwater enters the sewers, it can overwhelm the system, causing backup to those drains. Some people may experience sewer water backing up into their home through floor drains, for example.
While our plumbing service can’t expand the town’s sewer system so that it can deal with greater volumes of water, our plumbers can install a backwater valve that should reliably prevent water from backing up through your drains. If you’ve experienced wastewater backup before, you know what a mess it can be. It’s not simply rainwater that travels back up your pipes–it’s sewage water too! Let our plumbing service install a backwater valve at your Brookhaven, GA home before the heavy rains of spring. If you already have this valve installed, we can visit to test it. Valves can fail so it’s a good idea to have them inspected on occasion.
Heavy rains and storms can cause all sorts of debris. You’ve probably watched as foliage and muddy water washes into street sewers. Once this debris gets caught in the sewer system and swirls around the heavy influx of water, guess where it might wind up? Your sewer line! A sewer line clog or any drain clog, for that matter, is a job for a plumbing service.
Peach Plumbing & Drain can visit your home to root out the drain if it becomes clogged after a heavy rainstorm. We send an auger through your drain system or access the clean-out to clear any clogs that have occurred or are forming. A stubborn clog in your sewer line can cause water to back up into your house. The water can damage your floors and walls and also trigger a serious outbreak of mold.
Though less common, broken pipes can occur with heavy rains. A clog can cause a pipe to rupture, but when it comes to heavy rains, it’s usually the water-saturated soil that causes the problem. As the soil around your pipe becomes heavy with water, it can shift. The shift can literally break your pipe, especially if your plumbing system is old and already in brittle condition. This is a job for our skilled plumbing service.
In addition to ruptures, the heavy, shifting soil can also cause your pipes to develop small cracks. This can be an environmental problem for you if wastewater leaks from the cracks. Cracks in the pipe can also invite tree roots to invade your pipes. Once tree roots get inside your drain, they can continue to grow until they block the pipe, causing a serious clog and water backup.
If you suspect that you have cracked pipe or a serious pipe rupture, you can count on our plumbing service for prompt assistance. Peach Plumbing & Drain can address these types of issues. It’s best to contact us at the first sign of a broken or cracked pipe.
What Are Signs of a Plumbing System Problem When It Rains?
There are several signs to watch for during periods of heavy rain and severe storms. Here are a few to keep in mind:
Wastewater backup during a storm is a clear sign that there’s a plumbing problem. The water may come up through a floor drain or even a toilet. The backup indicates that the excess water in the drain system has nowhere else to go but back up the drains. Often, this occurs because the sewer system has more water than it can contend with. Once the rain subsides, the sewer system will have a chance to process the water, but that can still leave you with a mess. Also, any debris that entered your sewer line could cause a clog that causes wastewater to back up into your home too. If the issue is related to a clog, our plumbing service can clear the drain.
Some people note that their drains or toilet gurgles during heavy rains. Gurgling can also indicate that a clog is forming. Gurgling noises are definitely not something you want to hear as they are often the first signs of a serious clog that can lead to water backups. If your drains gurgle, call our plumbing service to arrange drain cleaning.
Water Saturated Areas of Lawn
If you have a broken pipe, the water flowing through it will simply flow into the ground. Because of the rain, you won’t be able to immediately tell that this issue is occurring. However, if the rest of your landscape dries out but one area remains soggy, you might suspect a cracked or broken pipe. Call our plumbing service right away to inspect the problem.
If rain is causing you plumbing problems, contact our local plumbing company for help. We can send a licensed plumber to your home to solve the issue. At Peach Plumbing & Drain, our plumbers are renowned for their expertise, fair pricing, and prompt service.