Now that the summer season is winding down and the first day of fall is just a couple of weeks away, the time for laying out in the backyard with a book are long gone. Soon, the rainy weather will be upon us and it is time to think about how getting out the umbrellas and rain boots.
During the heavy rains of the fall, it is not unusual for yards, gutters, and streets to flood. While there are many precautions taken to manage the effects of Mother Nature, sometimes flooding is simply unavoidable.
When the fall season arrives, the heavy rains can cause many issues with your plumbing as well. The extra water on your property can cause the soil to become slushy or overly wet. This can cause a serious shift and even collapse of your plumbing system.
Some issues that can come up with your plumbing due to heavy rains are:
- Soil shifting. When the soil gets water logged, it can become mushy and begin to shift and move around. Your plumbing pipes are buried in the ground and will shift with the soil. This can cause cracks or leaks in the pipes – including sewer pipes.
- Leaking pipe joints. When two sections of pipe are joined together with a plumbing fitting called a joint, the joint can begin to leak if one of the sections shifts due to the soil being too wet. This can happen when there are heavy rains and inefficient run-off or water diversion on the property.
- Bellied pipes. Several pieces of pipe are all fitted together to create your underground plumbing system. This is true for both the portion of your plumbing system that brings water to your home, as well as your sewage system. When a section of the system shifts or moves and is then lower than the rest of the system, the pipe has become bellied and this can cause sewage to leak into the soil on your property.
The best way to prevent damage to your plumbing and sewage system due to heavy rains and flooding is to have proper water diversion systems built into your landscaping and around your home.