Three Weather Situations That Will Take Out Your Plumbing And How To Repair The Damage

Posted on: 29 May 2018

There is raw power in the weather; too bad you can't harness it and divert it away from destroying homes. In the event that any weather condition were to cause damage to your home, you are stuck living somewhere else for a time until the damages are repaired. Of course, damage contractors, if there are enough available and enough to go around, might be able to get you back into your home in a few days, depending on the amount and type of damage. 

One part of your home that's vulnerable to storm damage is the plumbing. There are at least three weather conditions that can cause plumbing damage. There are also different ways for plumbing services to repair each of these weather-related, damaged pipe situations.

Tornadoes

Tornadoes have been compared to living things; they seem to have a mind of their own, ripping through everything like a toddler on a sugar high throwing a tantrum. Yet tornadoes also seem to know exactly where to strike to cause the most damage. They can rip through siding, roofing, and plumbing just as easily as kids tear through blocks.

When a tornado has ripped out a chunk of your plumbing along with the rest of of your home, but your home is still salvageable, you can replace the damaged and missing plumbing structures quite easily. You will still have to hire a construction contractor for the damage control, but at least the plumbing is an easy fix. Usually, your plumbing under these circumstances is repaired and replaced before the rest of your home damages are corrected.

Frigid Temperatures

Several days of below-zero weather can utterly destroy pipes. Unless you prepare in advance by "bleeding" all pipes that exit toward the outside of your home and wrap every single pipe in insulation, a winter with these conditions is going to be a rough one. All it takes is a little water in a line near the exit port of your house for your pipes to burst.

That water freezes up, and as it freezes, the ice that forms expands along the length of pipe until it hits a dead end or the entire length of pipe is frozen. If the pipeline remains frozen and more water tries to enter the pipe, it will rupture, flooding your basement or your walls and crawlspaces.

Prevention is the best solution, but immediate plumbing services are necessary to prevent excess water damage. You will also need to hire a water damage contractor to address all of the damage that the water from the burst pipe has caused.

Flooding

If burst pipes in the middle of a harsh winter are not enough, excessive flooding in early spring is worse. Under these circumstances, the sewers are so full from melted snow and ice, and the constant pounding rainstorms that cannot be absorbed by the already saturated ground both contribute to flooding in your home. The water may seep in from outside, but more often than not, you have a lot of water flooding back into your home from the sewer drains that cannot empty into the main city sewer line. As the flooding continues, more and more water is pushed back into your home and into your plumbing, creating high flood waters and enormous amounts of pressure. 

For damage control, it is advised that you avoid using your plumbing as much as possible. Damage control comes in the form of pump trucks removing the excess water, but only if the trucks can make it down your street without becoming flooded themselves. Your plumbing contractor and flood damage control contractor will have to decide how to best approach this weather situation.

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