Heavy spring rains in Chicagoland can place sudden stress on your home’s pipes and drainage system. After an intense storm, you might discover that your home’s plumbing has taken on some damage.
Make sure to keep on the lookout for the following potential plumbing issues after a storm.
Blocked Pipes and Clogged Drains Due to Rain
Due to the heavy amount of leaves, debris, and dirt that tend to accumulate after a heavy rainstorm, plumbing systems in Chicagoland are at risk of blockages and clogs. During heavy rainstorms, blocked drains tend to be very common as they’re not designed to manage larger volumes of water. If your home’s gutters haven’t been cleaned yet this year, heavy rains may push debris and leaves into the drain, accumulating to form a larger blockage. Blocked outside drains can cause damage to the plumbing leading to your home and increase the potential for flooding.
Rains Cause Crawl Space and Basement Flooding
When heavy rains hit, you want your plumbing in working order to ensure that water doesn’t collect in your basement or crawl space. If your basement or crawl space has taken on excess water due to rainfall, broken pipes, or a sewer backup, the standing water should be addressed right away. Moisture from flooded lower levels of your home can lead to a damaged foundation, and create an ideal environment for mildew and mold, as well as unwanted critters such as termites and mice. In the Chicagoland area, most homes (especially older structures) are fitted with a sump pump. Your sump pump will help remove excess water and moisture from your basement or crawl space, but it might also be wise to invest in a dehumidifier to pull the remaining ambient moisture from the air.
If you suspect that you’re dealing with broken or clogged pipes or drains, experiencing continual flooding after heavy rainfall, or want to have your home inspected to prevent common rain-related plumbing problems before they start, call the experts at Flatley’s Plumbing Express!
Our licensed and insured plumbers take the time to learn about your unique situation, assess the damage or work to be done, and we do it for less and don’t leave a mess!