While North Texas often finds itself in lengthy droughts, we often experience heavy rains that get rid of the those droughts by can leave widespread plumbing damage in their wake and put a significant strain on plumbing systems throughout North Texas. Have you looked over your plumbing since we received some heavy rains? Here are a few signs to look out for when inspecting your home for plumbing damage after a bout of rough weather.
1. Water Leaks
The high pressure caused by extra water can damage your pipes, causing water leaks. Keep an eye out for puddles or damp areas within your home, and tighten any joins that appear to have come loose.
2. Overflowing Drains
Floodwaters can cause debris to be washed into your drains, blocking them. Similarly, if your pipes have become bent or cracked due to land subsidence, water may not be able to flow through them, causing it to back up. A snake line may help to clear any blockages, while damaged pipes may need to be replaced.
3. Warped Siding
If your siding becomes waterlogged, the wood may warp and begin to come away from the house. You will need to replace any damaged sections and consider treating it with a waterproof stain or paint to protect it from the elements.
4. Leaking Roof
Heavy rain can also wear away at your roof, especially if accompanied by strong winds. If you notice water leaking through your ceiling or inexplicable drafts, your roof may have been damaged. Carry out repairs as soon as possible to protect the interior of your home.
5. Crawl Space Flooding
The lower areas of your home can be particularly vulnerable to heavy rainfall. If you are on a pier and beam foundation then you are probably familiar with the dark and cramped space under your home. Water can seep in through unsecured crawl space covers, damaged siding or even back up through drains or overstressed pumps. If you notice water building up in your crawl space, consider seeking professional help, so you can quickly identify and fix the problem.
These are just a few of the things to look out for in your home after rain. Remember to check for damage as soon as the weather abates, so you can carry out repairs before a second rainy spell exacerbates any damage. If left unattended, it could quickly escalate and may even lead to flooding. Your plumber can help you with your issues and may be able to offer advice on how to protect your plumbing against future damage.