April showers may bring May flowers, but in Texas, it also means they can bring hail, tornadoes, and massive storms that could lead to future plumbing problems.
If your home has recently suffered from a damaging storm, here’s a closer look at some of the ways a heavy storm could have a negative impact on your home’s pipes.
Your Foundation Is Susceptible to Slab Leaks
Due to pressure or foundation shifting that may occur in the aftermath of a storm, it’s common for slab leaks to occur. Slab leaks can easily go unnoticed but can cause serious and irreversible damage to the foundation of a home and its surrounding land.
How to Tell if You Have a Slab Leak?
Fortunately, if you know what to look for, it’s easy to spot a potential leak and get a plumber out to your home as soon as possible.
Some of the most common leak symptoms are:
- Smell or visible signs of mold and mildew
- Water pooling in areas of the yard that should drain
- Gradual increases in water bills that don’t even decrease with reduced water use
- Warped hardwood floors
- Poor water pressure
Heavy, Saturated Soil Can Burst Pipes
A spring storm can really bring the rain to yards across the Dallas area. When this happens, the soil becomes saturated and can shift as it begins to dry up.
When this happens, it can not only create foundation damage within your home but can cause excess pressure on your pipes that can lead to cracks and bursts that can negatively affect your home plumbing.
Lightning Strikes Can Damage Pipes
Unfortunately lightning naturally seeks the easiest route to the ground and in many cases, that route is your home’s exterior underground plumbing. The heat and force of such a strike could easily lead to a hole in your pipes that creates a leak that wastes large amounts of water every day until it is found and fixed.
Excess Water Can Crack Pipes
During a heavy storm, water can forcefully rush through your pipes and plumbing system. If you have an older home or already damaged plumbing, this extra force can lead to damaged pipes that leak and inversely impact the water pressure in your home and send your monthly water bills into a sudden increase.
What to Do If a Spring Storm Caused a Plumbing Problem?
If you’ve suddenly realized that a spring storm has resulted in a plumbing leak, DIY patches on smaller indoor plumbing problems will only last for so long. Besides, there is also no telling how deep the issues go or where they started.
A local plumber like the experts at Plumbing Dynamics can quickly locate the source of the problem and help you find an effective solution that doesn’t break your budget.
Recover From the Latest Storm With Plumbing Dynamics
Don’t let a spring storm wash away your plumbing’s functionality and cost you a fortune in repairs and wasted water. Let the licensed plumbers of Plumbing Dynamics help.
Contact us today to learn more about our services and get your home on our inspection schedule.