Archive for Month: July 2020

Electrical and plumbing problems during rain

When the weather is dry, everything seems to be working just fine. It’s important to stay on top of your electrical and plumbing system during the dry season. However, it is extremely important to watch for these systems when the weather is wet. There may be issues to arise when it rains. 

Let’s talk about the potential electrical problems that you may encounter when it rains.

  • Surge – when there is rain, there is lighting. And this is a major problem. Lighting can strike anywhere and when it strikes nearby your house, it creates a surge which can damage your appliances such as television, computers, refrigerators and other more.
  • Circuit breaker trip -when water makes contact with the electrical system, that can be a serious problem. Electricity and water should never mix. If you notice that your circuit breaker trips when it’s raining, try to rest it and if it won’t reset, then there is a big possibility that water found its way to your electrical system.
  • Power lines down – this is the most common issue most homeowners encounter after a big rain. Sometimes, the broken lines may not be on your property but on your street.
  • Major damage – this can happen when there is flooding and water enters your property. Water will get everywhere and it will be dangerous to touch any wire. In this case, there is nothing you can but to turn off your electricity and call for a certified electrician.

These electrical problems we encounter during and after rain should be handled by professional electricians. When it comes to electrical emergencies, it is crucial that they are handled properly using the proper equipment. Do not attempt to fix them yourself as it may cause you and your family harm. 

Now we’ll talk about the common plumbing issues we encounter during the rainy season.

  • Increase pressure in water pipes – although plumbing systems are designed to be durable for any kind of weather, it’s still hard to tell what adverse kind of weather can do to your plumbing system. Heavy rainfall can make the ground and dirt to be saturated which will eventually turn into mud. The muds that surround your pipes can get heavier does increasing the exterior issues on your pipes that will lead to certain issues.
  • Shifted underground pipes – when there is rain, there is a chance of having high precipitation. The rainwater can soften the soil or ground surrounding your underground pipes. When this happens, pipes are forced to shift out from their original position. The shifting process puts strain on the pipes and can lead to cracking because they are likely to bend in a position that they are not meant to be in.
  • Clogged pipes – heavy rain can cause rupture in pipes. When there are leaks or when the pipes are broken or crushed, dirt, small rocks and other debris can enter the pipes and this can cause blockage and soon will create more damage.. The water can backflow into your basement or crawl down on your underground interiors spaces.if you notice discoloration or debris coming from your faucet after the rain, chances are you have broken pipes. Call a sydney hills plumber to locate the problem and have it fixed.
  • Blocked drainage – this is very common especially during heavy rain. The amount of leaves, trash and other debris are built up during the rain and end up in drainage. If gutters are not prepared properly for the rainy season or if it is not cleaned, chances are the rain will push the leaves and other debris into the drainage which creates a bigger issue. Blocked drain can cause flooding and damage to your property.
  • Flooding – water accumulates in low points especially in our yards during heavy rains. If there is no proper drainage, pools of rainwater can be a serious issue. Due to blockages and broken pipes, flooding is possible. Excess water can cause problems like damage to your house’s foundation, too much moisture which can be the perfect spot for pests, and moulds.

Rain may be good for our plants and for our farmers. But potential issues in your plumbing system can arise when it rains and this sometimes causes an inconvenience. Plus, having a problem on your plumbing system means additional expenses. So even before the wet season arrives, the best course to take is to make sure your plumbing system is working fine and is up to date. If there are existing plumbing problems, make sure that these are attended by a professional plumber. Also, make sure to clean up your gutter and remove leaves and sticks. If you have a large property, it would be best to have a water tank that catches rain water. If your plumbing system is in perfect condition, it will likely survive high volume of rain water.