Flooded Houses & Pipes: 3 Common Plumbing Problems That Cause Costly Water Damage

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As the weather becomes wetter, your home is more susceptible to water damage from flooding and leaks. Issues with household plumbing are the most common cause of flooding and water damage, which can include backflow during heavy rains and leaking pipes. To ensure you have the best protection from flooding and water damage, here are some of the common plumbing problems and how you can avoid them:

1. Drainage & Heavy Rains That Flood Your Home

When it rains, it pores and this causes storm and foundation drain systems to be overburdened. If you have a basement, the heavy rains cause water to find their way in through foundation drainage systems. To prevent flooding of your home from drainage systems, make sure that any drainage system is free of blockage, and have a backflow prevention device on main lines of the system. When your home becomes flooded due to a problem with foundation drainage lines, contact an emergency plumbing service to help solve the problem and get the water out.

2. Worn Pipes That Develop Leaks & Serious Water Damage

In older homes, the pipes may be made from many different materials. Over the years, materials like plastics, iron and other metals will decay. Eventually, these pipes may crack or burst, causing your home to be flooded. Contact a plumbing service to help with updating old pipes and inspecting the plumbing systems in your home. If a pipe does fail, develop a major leak and cause serious flooding, an emergency plumbing service will be able to help you deal with the situation.

3. Sewer Lines & Backflow That Create an Unpleasant Mess

Sewer lines and the lack of backflow prevention devices are another problem that can cause serious flooding and water damage problems. During heavy rains, sewer lines are often subjected to extreme hydraulic pressure from the excessive water entering these systems. When the water has nowhere else to go, it comes out through pipes that do not have backflow prevention in place, which include the drains in your home.

The sewage backflow contains hazardous waste, which you do not want to come in contact with, so it is important to contact an emergency plumbing service to deal with these situations. Install backflow prevention devices in your home to avoid these types of problems.

Plumbing problems can lead to flooding and costly water damage repairs. Protect your home by contacting a 24 hour emergency plumbing service to help with improvements like backflow prevention and other improvements to plumbing installations. 

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28 August 2017

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