Can Too Much Rain Cause Plumbing Problems?


Heavy rain can cause you to have plumbing problems, especially if it’s been dry for a long time. There are a few problems that can occur, but luckily there are ways to prevent some of them.

Clogged Drains

When there’s heavy rain, it can cause dirt and debris to build in your drain pipes and block them. Residential drainage systems aren’t designed to manage a large amount of water with debris in it. A sign you have a problem is the smell of sewage coming out of your drains or pooling water in your sinks and bathtubs. To avoid this problem, have a plumber regularly clean your drainage pipes.


Heavy rain causes water to enter your crawlspace or basement. This can cause many problems, including severely damaging your home’s foundation. It’s also a health hazard as it can result in the growth of mold and mildew. To avoid these problems, install a sump pump. A properly installed sump pump collects water and discharges it away from your home.

Septic Flooding

If you’re on a septic system, its drainage field can become saturated by heavy rain. With nowhere else to go, drain water will be pushed back through the pipes leading to your home. Proactively addressing this problem could entail some serious design changes to your septic tank system.

Broken Pipes

If heavy rain falls after a drought, the ground can shift considerably. The ground movement can cause pipes to break, especially older ones. You’ll know this happened if you turn on the tap and discolored water with debris comes out.

Real HVAC Services of Salisbury, MD, can help you when you experience a plumbing problem. Our plumbing services include repair, installation, conventional water heaters, tankless water heaters, bathroom plumbing, and sewer and drain cleaning. We install, repair, and tune-up heaters and air conditioners. We also perform duct cleaning, duct installation, and indoor air quality improvements. Get in touch with us today to find out more.

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