Over the last few days heavy rainfall has swept across the UK and more is expected over the coming days so there’s no better time than now to learn how heavy rain can affect your plumbing and what you can do to look after it.
How Heavy Rain Causes Plumbing Problems
Extra rainwater can put your pipes under a lot more pressure, this can cause pipes to crack and debris such as soil and rocks can build up and cause a blockage. So, in a nutshell, heavy rainfall puts extra strain on domestic drainage systems due to the added weight as well as this leaves, rocks, soil and other debris can build up in the pipes further exacerbating the problem.
How Can You Keep Your Plumbing In Check In The Event Of Heavy Rain?
Firstly, you need to reduce the risk of a blockage forming in your drainage system, this can easily be done by ensuring that all of your gutters are free from debris. If rainwater is unable to pass through the downspout it will become blocked, making the pipe heavier and likely to collapse.
If you want to reduce the chance of flooding in your street then check the drains outside your property regular and keep them free of debris and rubbish that may cover them, this will allow them to do their job and let the water drain away from your property.