Spring is here! Temperatures are rising, the sun seems to shine a little brighter, and the leaves are sprouting on the trees once again. Spring is a beautiful time of year. It’s a time of renewal as winter ends and everything comes back to life. However, spring can also bring some harsh realities alongside the nicer weather.
The April showers at the beginning of spring can be quite damaging to people’s yards and outdoor BBQs, but they can also impact the overall plumbing system. If the plumbing system is not properly taken care of, the home can start to flood when the rain starts to fall. Here’s what homeowners should know about potential flooding issues from the heavy rains that are just around the corner.
High Levels of Pressure From Heavy Rains
Early spring is such an exciting time! The flowers start to bloom and for those who love to go for early morning runs, the weather will finally allow it. Though early spring is an exciting time, it can bring with it some heavy rain.
All of that extra water pressure from the rain can weigh down on plumbing pipes and cause them to burst or crack. Most homeowners know the end of this story because a burst pipe is a homeowner’s nightmare! It can cause flooding in the home while damaging the floors, cabinets, furniture, walls, and more. If the water isn’t cleaned up quickly, it can lead to mold growth too.
To avoid costly damages, always check the house after heavy rainfall to ensure there is no flooding and that the floors and carpets are still dry. Also, check the drains. If a pipe broke, dirt, rocks, leaves, and other debris could enter into the pipe, cause a clog and slow down drains, so make sure that everything is draining at normal speed.
Underground Pipe Damage From Rainwater
Not only can heavy rains cause burst pipes and flooding in the house, but they can cause other underground pipe damage as well. When it rains, the ground will soak up as much of the rainwater as it can. When the ground absorbs so much water, it becomes soft and muddy, which can cause the pipes to shift underground.
If they shift too much, the metal of the pipes can begin to warp, which makes them more likely to become blocked or clogged. If the pipes shift fast enough, they can also crack and burst, leading to the same flooding and plumbing damages that high pressure can cause.
Foundation Shifts From Flooding
In addition to shifting pipes, when the ground soaks up so much extra water and turns soft, it can also cause the foundation of the entire home to crack or shift. Enter mudslides! These are always pretty scary videos to see on the news, but they can be a reality after heavy rains.
When homes are located on a steep hill and the ground becomes too soft from the rain, it will start to shift and slide down the hill taking with it everything that lays in its path.
To avoid home foundation shifts, here are a few tips to try:
- Keep gutters and spouts clean. When gutters become clogged, the water will pour right over the edge and cause the ground closest to the house’s foundation to become soft and muddy.
- Add a few inches of mulch. Adding mulch around the edges of the house can help soak up some of the water and prevent it from reaching further down the ground near the foundation.
- Use gently sloped landscaping. Remember, water runs downhill, so any landscaping that homeowners add to their home should help water run away from the house rather than towards it.
Finally, if homeowners notice any cracks in the foundation, call a professional as soon as possible!