The monsoon season and other heavy rainfall that happens throughout the Las Vegas area and other parts of the desert southwest is a blessing that rejuvenates the landscape. It can also wreak havoc on your property, however. After significant amounts of rain come through the area, you may have erosion, debris, standing water, and other issues. Heavy rains and the resulting water flow also threaten your plumbing system.
How Heavy Rain Damages Plumbing Systems
Significant rainfall in the desert southwest cannot be absorbed quickly by the ground, so the water most often flows along the surface. As it moves, the water captures debris, creates deep furrows in the ground, and infiltrates soft soil. Eventually, the water and debris find a way to parts of your plumbing system, causing a range of problems.
1. Covered Drains
Your plumbing system is designed to help water flow downward to a drain where it is safely removed from your home and property. During heavy rains, the debris that gets carried along with the water covers drain openings and prevents the appropriate removal of water. Once the drain is covered, the water will find a way around the opening, and this results in flooding and standing water. We recommend that you clear debris from your drains right after a heavy rainstorm. You can also install materials that block debris and allow for the proper flow of water.
2. Exposed Pipes
Soil erosion is common during the monsoon season and heavy rainfall in the Las Vegas area. The loss of soil may expose the plumbing pipes on your property and increase the risk of broken pipes and other types of damage. After a thunderstorm comes through Las Vegas, check your property for any signs of erosion around your plumbing pipes. If you find a problem, contact BEST Air Conditioning Plumbing Repair to schedule an appointment with one of our professional technicians. We will inspect the area around the pipes and perform any necessary repairs.
3. Clogged Pipes
When debris finds a way through drains, it travels through the pipes. Plumbing is not designed to carry debris and dirt, so clogged pipes are common after heavy rainstorms. You may notice that the drain is running slow or water may back up around the drain. If you find signs of clogged pipes after heavy rains, contact BEST Air Conditioning Plumbing Repair to have the plumbing checked and serviced.
4. New Vegetation Growth
Rain provides nutrients to the trees, shrubs, and other vegetation on your property, and this means that roots will grow longer. Over time, roots can penetrate plumbing pipes, causing leaks, breaks, and other costly problems. BEST Air Conditioning Plumbing Repair can come by your home and determine if you should remove any trees, shrubs, or bushes to protect your plumbing from root damage.
5. Sewer Backup Issues
The Las Vegas city sewer system is designed so that rainwater flows into the larger sewer system. During heavy rainfall, debris and a large volume of water may overwhelm the city sewer system, and you may end up with sewer backup in your home. At first, you may notice a strong odor in your bathrooms and kitchens. If the heavy rains continue, you may have sewage and water backing up into your sinks, bathtubs, and toilets. In these cases, you should notify the city as soon as possible. We also recommend an appointment with a plumber from BEST Air Conditioning Plumbing Repair to check your plumbing for any damage.
How to Protect Your Plumbing System
Although you can’t control the weather and heavy rains in the Las Vegas area, there are steps that you can take to keep your home and plumbing system safe. Annual inspections by a technician from BEST Air Conditioning Plumbing Repair include checking your plumbing and property for any potential problems during heavy rains. We also offer expert plumbing repair services to resolve any issues. You may also want to consider updating your plumbing system if you live in an older Las Vegas home.
Whether you have plumbing problems after heavy rains or need some expert advice on how to improve your plumbing, BEST Air Conditioning Plumbing Repair can help. Since 2016, we have offered professional HVAC and plumbing services to homeowners in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas. For your heating and cooling needs, we offer installation, maintenance, and repairs. If you’re building a new home or remodeling your current home, be sure to ask about our kitchen and bathroom upgrades. Contact BEST Air Conditioning Plumbing Repair today for more information!