5 reasons your drains could be blocked up after the heavy rain

While the rain we’ve been enjoying across the Hunter, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie has been a welcome site, it can wreak havoc on your plumbing. If your home or business isn’t properly equipped to handle the sudden influx of steady water, it can affect your septic and sewerage systems.

We’ve had quite a few callouts to local residences and commercial properties with minor to serious plumbing issues caused by the stress of the rain on their drainage system.

Here are the five most common plumbing problems to keep an eye out for in your home.

1. Cracked pipes caused by rainfall.

A significant and sudden weather shift from heat and drought to heavy rain can cause the soil surrounding a drain or pipe to shift and expand significantly. This can put pressure on your drains and cause pipes to leak or break, particularly if they are older. If a pipe breaks, debris and dirt can enter your sewerage system and clog up your plumbing.

If you notice your water is discoloured or has debris in it, that could be a sign that you have a broken underground pipe on your property.

2. Debris could be clogging up your gutters.

Along with the downpour, the wilder weather can bring unwanted debris into your roof gutters. If your gutters aren’t cleaned, the rain can push the debris into your downpipes and cause bigger blockages. This can cause flooding on your property and damage to your plumbing system.

It’s important to regularly clean out your gutters either yourself or by hiring the services of a professional plumber to prevent clogging.

3. Issues with your outdoor drainage.

A sudden influx of heavy rain can cause water to accumulate in dips in your yard. If these areas aren’t well-drained, the pool of rainwater can cause serious problems to your property’s plumbing, such as compromising the stability of the foundations of your home, deck, shed or even your driveway. Outdoor water pooling can indicate that you have a blockage in your outdoor draining system or are lacking proper drainage on your property.

Your plumbing setup should sufficiently channel rainwater from areas like the driveway, walkways, or verandahs. If you suspect that there is an issue with your drainage system, it’s important to speak to a qualified plumber before it affects your property on a more serious level.

4. Debris caught in your drains and pipes causing backup.

Nature, as wonderful as it is, can get caught up in the stormy and rainy weather. Sticks, dirt, rocks and leaves can get caught in your pipes and cause a blockage, which is particularly hard to detect if its in your underground pipes. A clear sign of a plumbing clog is if water is pooling in your kitchen sink, bathtub or around other drains in your house.

5. Sewer backup caused by heavy rain buildup.

Just like your drains at home can become blocked by debris disrupted by the increase of water, heavy rain can also affect your sewer line. The sewer lines in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter Valley carry wastewater from your home to the municipal sewer line. If the line becomes blocked by debris, it can cause dirty water to accumulate in drains.

In the instances where the sewer blockage is greater than just a plumbing issue on your property, there’s little you can do but wait for the rain to stop and for the city sewers to return to normal.

While it’s easy to forget your plumbing system, particularly when we’ve faced fires and droughts across Australia lately, it’s important to be prepared for potential problems.

Whether you notice the signs of a cracked pipe, sewerage backup, flooding caused by poor drainage or a clogged drain, our team of qualified and experienced plumbers can help!

Our friendly, reliable and affordable plumbing service can help get your property prepared ahead of heavy rainfall, provide regular maintenance of your drains and gutters, and repair any issues that do occur. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and every day of the year for your plumbing emergencies.

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