In southwest Florida, it is the rainy season, meaning we will likely have rain at least once a day. Can heavy rain affect plumbing in our homes? The short answer is yes, it absolutely can! When the streets get flooded and everything gets backed up, so can the water coming in or out of our homes. But Wyman Plumbing is here for you when we are deluged with rain in the Bradenton and Sarasota areas.
Did you know that as the rain builds up, the ground becomes soaked, and when that happens it puts pressure on the pipes underground? As the pressure increases on the pipes, they can become more susceptible to cracks or even worse breaks, especially if the pipes are older. They could even move around if the ground underneath them becomes soft. Should they crack, they could allow debris to get inside them, this is where you could see significant plumbing problems in your home.
You would notice that you have a cracked pipe if you turn on a faucet or flush a toilet and see the water is dark instead of clear after a storm or heavy period of rain. If this happens you would need help from a professional plumber.
Heavy rain can also cause the sewer system to back up into your home. You could notice that foul smell coming from drains or toilets, as well as standing water, and gurgling water. These are all indicators of sewer backups from an overload of water. Slow draining water is another indication that there is a problem.
An ounce of prevention goes a long way, so following these little measures could help in the long run. Little things like remove debris like leaves and sticks from your drainage system when it isn’t raining. If you do have drainage problems, Wyman Plumbing offers video camera inspections which can check the sewer systems and other drain pipes in your home to check for cracks, roots, and other problems in your pipes. We have been serving Bradenton, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, Palmetto, Ellenton, Parrish, Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch and other communities throughout Manatee & North Sarasota Counties for almost 100 years! Contact us today.