Can Heavy Rain Cause Plumbing Problems?

Storm Damage in Aitkin, MN

Heavy rainfall can be more than a damper on your weekend plans. It can also cause plumbing problems. These are some tips on how to spot damage to your plumbing from a heavy rain and some ways to prevent it.

Cracked Pipes

When it rains a large amount in a short time, it causes increased pressure in your pipes. This can cause them to crack. Heavy rainfall can also soften the ground around underground pipes. This can cause them to shift, which leads to them bursting.

If you notice dirt in your tap water or it’s a dark color, you probably have a cracked or burst pipe. You should turn off the main water valve to prevent further problems and then call a plumber.

Northern Air Plumbing & Heating can help you with cracked and burst pipes. We’ve been providing plumbing services to homeowners in the area since 1991.

Sewage Backup

This is one of the worst problems that can result from heavy rainfall. If you have a septic tank, heavy rain can saturate the drain field. The tank can’t output water to it, so wastewater flows back through the pipes into your home. If you think this will occur or has happened, call a plumber with 24-hour emergency service to help you.

Bush and Tree Growth

Trees and bushes thrive in heavy rain. It helps their roots grow longer and stronger. Over time, the roots can penetrate your plumbing. This will cause clogs and breaks. You should know where your pipes are and keep trees and bushes far away from them.

Debris Clogging Pipes

A heavy rain can cause soil, leaves and sticks to enter your plumbing. These can clog your pipes, which backs up your entire plumbing system. You’ll know this has happened if you have multiple drains in your home backing up.

Northern Air Plumbing & Heating is a full-service plumbing company in Aitkin, MN that does rough-in plumbing, finishing plumbing, sump pump services, plumbing repair and more. We also install, repair and tune-up heaters and air conditioners. Get in touch today to find out more.