Can Too Much Rain Cause Plumbing Problems?

Plumbing Problems

When your area has heavy rain, it can cause many problems. It can do extensive damage to your home’s plumbing system in a few ways, especially if you haven’t taken any precautions.


If you don’t have adequate outdoor drainage, heavy rain can cause flooding. If water doesn’t have a way to drain, it pools in low places. This can easily result in large amounts of water entering your home’s crawlspace or basement. It can also damage your driveway and deck.

Shifted Underground Pipes

Heavy rain can soften the ground and cause it to shift. Shifting ground can crack underground pipes, especially if they’re old or made of galvanized steel. While modern plumbing systems are durable, heavy rain can still damage them.

If your pipes crack, debris like dirt, sticks, and leaves can get into them. Signs this has happened include discoloration and debris in the water coming out of your faucets. You need to turn your water main off and have a plumber perform an emergency repair if this happens.

Butler Heating & Air Conditioning in Dayton, OH, fixes cracked pipes. We have highly experienced plumbers and offer free estimates for plumbing repairs.

Sewage Backup

Heavy rainfall can negatively impact your sewer line. Debris can build up in outdoor drains, which can clog pipes. If your sewer line is clogged, wastewater backs up into your home. The sewer line can also burst if there’s enough water pressure inside it.

Septic Flooding

If your property has a septic tank, heavy rain can cause water to saturate its drainage field. The result is the septic tank can’t output water, and drain water backs up into the pipes leading to your home. You may have to severely limit water usage until the drainage field dries out.

At Butler Heating & Air Conditioning, our plumbing services include drain cleaning, pipe repairs, water heaters, and more. We also perform repairs, installations, and maintenance for furnaces, boilers, and air conditioners. Contact us today to find out more.