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Can Heavy Rains Cause Broken Pipes?

As the heavy rains start to fall this Spring, the risk of a broken pipe starts to rise. Rain can affect every single element of the plumbing system. More often than not, this generally culminates in flooding or excess water entering an outside drain, which can also pose serious water quality risks to your home.

In addition to that, however, excess rain can even shift the ground around your home, leading to an additional risk for actual pipe damage. Knowing what causes those issues and how to enact preventative maintenance for them is essential for time, money, as well as a frustration saver for homeowners. Don’t let a broken pipe rain on anyone’s parade this year.

Monitor Your Home’s Water Pressure

water tipsThe increase in rainfall also leads to an increase in water pressure. That water pressure happens in one of two ways. The first way happens on the inside of the pipes. When the rain really starts to fall, the sump pump is often working in overdrive.

As it quickly pumps water out of the basement, it leads to an increase in water rushing through the pipes all at the same time. That raises the water pressure from the inside. The water pressure is also increased from the outside of the pipe.

Heavy rains soak the soil around the pipes, which increases the pressure around the pipes. Mud weighs more and compresses the pipes which lead to less area inside of the pipe for the influx of water to flow through.

While pipes were designed to be resilient, they can only handle so much water pressure. When faced with too much pressure, they will eventually crack and break. This is always an emergency situation.

Avoiding a Broken Pipe

The best way to deal with a broken pipe is to avoid it becoming a problem in the first place. This should always start with a regular annual maintenance plumbing inspection. Having a plumber come out to review the efficiency of the plumbing system and to diagnose small issues with the potential to turn into larger issues saves money over the life of the home.

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But homeowners should not just rely on once yearly inspections to avoid a broken pipe. They should also make sure to do regular walk-throughs of their own homes, listening for any drips or rushing water. It is also important to keep an eye on the water bill, as any unexpected increase can signal a cracked, leaking, or broken pipe.

How Plumbers Deal With a Broken Pipe

pro plumbersPlumbers have a few ways that they are able to repair a broken pipe in the home. However, besides their ability to actually fix the broken pipe, professional plumbers are trained to be able to quickly and accurately find the source of the problem.

This can save time, which can be the difference between losing a small amount of property in the home and losing an entire floor’s worth of property. They have the ability to fix the broken pipe with a variety of tactics, depending on the exact cause of the break.

In the majority of cases, at the very least that section of pipe will likely need to be replaced entirely. Repiping, or removing and replacing all of the pipes in the house, will fix the section of pipe that is causing the problem. It will also guarantee the pipes in the rest of the house are in the best health possible.

About B & D Plumbing, Heating & A/C

B & D Plumbing, Heating & A/C have been providing local plumbing services in St. Michael, Minnesota since 1982. This family-owned business performs a range of expert services to keep homes comfortable and safe. They are also active in the community and are members of both the Better Business Bureau and the Minnesota Association of Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors.