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How Heavy Rain Is Damaging Your Pipes



Everyone can appreciate a great rain shower every once in a while. Whether you’re a hardworking farmer or just someone who likes to relax to the sound of rainfall, there’s nothing better than enjoying nature’s showers on a hot day.

However, there is such thing as too much rain and your outdoor plumbing system can definitely attest to that. Heavy rainfall can seriously take a toll on your pipes and without a proper plumbing inspection, your pipes could be at risk.

While some of these issues can easily be avoided with our helpful tips, when you’re in the midst of an emergency situation, you’re going to want fast and reliable solutions.

What Causes Pipes to Break?

brokenpipeOne of the main effects of excessive precipitation when it comes to your pipes are bursts and leaks caused by the pressure of the water. Most outdoor pipes, especially older ones, aren’t made to withstand heavy amounts of rain and the effects could be crucial.

When our plumbing systems become overwhelmed, the pipe can bust right open or create cracks that lead to water getting where you don’t want it, like in your basement. Unfortunately, a broken pipe isn’t the only thing that can go wrong.

Rain, when combined with soil, creates mud, thus allowing your pipes to slip and slide out of place which can be a real problem on your pipes. To avoid this shifting, it is important to keep your pipes up to date and always check in with a specialist if any problems arise. The longer you wait, the bigger the problem can become.

Is Sewage Backup a Cause for Concern?

sewersystemAnother negative affect heavy rainfall can have on your sewer system is a problem we call backup. Backup occurs when blockages get into your pipe through the cracks mentioned above.

Blockages can include debris, grass, rocks, or any other substance that isn’t supposed to be there. This causes the water to have nowhere to go, meaning it can possibly enter back in your home.

Not only is this considered a plumbing emergency, as it can damage your pipes and contaminate your water supply, but in many instances, it happens at the worst time. Whether it’s the middle of the night or the busiest day in your home, and sewer line issues are going to need immediate attention. If this happens, it is important to schedule a plumbing inspection right away to avoid any further water damage.

Contact A Specialist

plumbinginspectionWhile April is a wonderful time of year full of warmer weather, relaxing springtime rains, and fresh flowers, it could also be a risky time for your plumbing. At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, we know exactly how to handle the rainy season here in Northfield, MN.

Contact us at (507) 645-4037 and we will answer any questions or concerns you may have on how to maintain your pipes! Heavy rain doesn’t have to leave you in a bind, let one of our trained specialists take the load off with a plumbing inspection today!

Northfield residents, are you ready for this year’s approaching rain season? Are your pipes ready?