This Year’s Rainy Season Doesn’t Have to Mean Broken Pipes
It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring! One of the many famous jingles and phrases for the heavy rains that come in early spring. Generally speaking, spring is a beautiful time of year, but those heavy rains during the first few weeks can be quite irritating. Many people have been locked up in their houses all winter because of the cold weather and piles of snow that line the streets.
Now the weather is warming up, but the constant rains prevent people from enjoying the spring season. These heavy rains not only impact exciting, spring outdoor activities, but they can also impact and damage the overall plumbing system. With so much rain, the water pressure rises in the plumbing system, which can cause pipes to break or malfunction. Here’s what homeowners can do to avoid a plumbing catastrophe in spring.
The Water Pressure Is Rising
Those heavy rains weigh down on the plumbing pipes, adding pressure to them. The rain will saturate the ground, causing the dirt and soil around the pipes to become muddy.
As most people recognize, mud is much heavier than the dry dirt, and the extra weight puts more pressure onto the pipes. If the pressure builds too high, it can cause the pipes to crack and break. Here are a couple of tips to try that can avoid this added pressure:
- Clear the gutters of any leaves or debris. When gutters are clogged, the rainwater pours right over the edge and saturates the ground closest to the house and pipes.
- Add mulch around the house’s perimeter. The extra mulch can help absorb the rain, allowing less water to reach the dirt underground that surrounds the pipes.
Avoid Burst Pipes, Avoid Plumbing Disasters
As mentioned, all of that pressure that’s pushing down on the plumbing pipes can cause them to crack and burst. And this is a homeowner’s worst nightmare! Burst pipes can damage the carpets, floors, cabinets, furniture, and more because of flooding. Also, if the water is not cleaned up and dried immediately, mold can start to grow.
Along with a lot of damage comes a lot of financial stress to fix that damage quickly. Therefore, it’s strongly advised to always check out the house after heavy rains to stop things from spiraling out of control.
Are the floors and carpets still dry? If they are damp, there is likely a leak that needs to be fixed before the flooding gets worse. Does water flow down the drain at a normal pace? If a pipe cracked, dirt, leaves, and other debris could get stuck in the pipe and form a clog, which causes drains to slow. If homeowners notice any of these signs, it’s time to call a professional plumber.
What to Know About Burst Pipe Services
The point is, if there is a burst pipe, it needs to be fixed as soon as possible and it needs to be handled by a plumbing professional. A professional plumber will be able to quickly identify the exact section of the pipe that is damaged and replace it with a new piece.
In some cases, there may be several pipes that burst at the same time, especially if the pipes are getting older, weaker, or warped. For situations like this, repiping the house may be the best way to enact preventative maintenance for burst pipes in the future.
About Gene Johnson Plumbing & Heating
At Gene Johnson Plumbing & Heating, safety and comfort always come first for all customers that receive plumbing services in Seattle, WA! They treat every plumbing and heating service call with the same level of urgency so customers can get on with their lives sooner. All their services are matched by quality workmanship, trusted results, and long-term peace of mind.