Rainfall and Plumbing Issues

San Diego is expecting heavy rainfall for the next 5 days and although we have and are going to be benefitting from all the rain, there are some issues that can arise from the upcoming storm.  Rainfall in San Diego is not too common so most people do not properly prepare for a storm, and being prepared is key to avoid plumbing issues.

Rainfall and Plumbing Issues

Let’s take a look at plumbing issues that can occur after heavy rain.

Plumbing Blockage : 

Heavy rainfall frequently causes plumbing blockage issues.  Trash and debris often get swept around and plumbing problems and raineventually end up in storm drains causing problems. Bad sewer smell emitting from your drains can be a sign of a plumbing blockage and should be checked by a professional plumber.  Your first solution to this would probably be to use liquid drain cleaners, but we really don’t recommend using chemical cleaners as they oftentimes don’t work and can be harmful to your plumbing system and the environment.

Broken Pipes : 

Broken pipes are also issues that frequently arise after a rainstorm. Substantial precipitation can bring about the ground to move, which can bring underground pipes to break.  Seasoned galvanized steel pipes are especially at hazard.  If you notice any changes in the color of your water, this might be a sign of a broken pipe.

Prepare for Rain in San Diego

As we mentioned before, being prepared is key.  Here are a few things you can do to prepare for a storm.

  • Report blocked storm drains by calling 619-235-1000 or by submitting an online storm water service request with the City’s Transportation & Storm Water Department.
  • Create an emergency plan.
  • Prepare your pets for rain. Have transportation ready for all larger animals under your responsibility.
  • Prepare your home for an emergency.
  • Visit the FEMA Flood Map Service Center to find your official flood map, access a range of other flood hazard products, and take advantage of tools for better understanding flood risks.
  • Know the safest routes to and from home should flooding occur.
  • When placing your trash, yard, and recycle bins out on the street for collection, place each bin approximately two to three feet away from the curb, so they do not impede the storm water flowing on the street.
  • Sweep up trash, sediment, and debris, and dispose of construction waste in the trash to avoid having these items enter and block the storm water collection system.
  • Free sandbag locations within San Diego County:

    Unincorporated areas

    Cities/incorporated areas

    County vendors

If the unfortunate event of plumbing problems occur, rest assured that you are choosing the best option in plumbers in San Diego by calling us today.  (858)366-8735