How Heavy Rain Affects Commercial Plumbing Grand Rapids Plumbers

Is your commercial plumbing ready for the spring rains? The best way to protect your commercial building from water damage is to call a plumbing contractor the second you notice something is wrong.

If your building has a basement, you may need a sump pump to prevent flooding. A sump pump repair can save you thousands of dollars you would have spent repairing water damage. Continue reading to learn how heavy rain affects your commercial building so there won’t be any surprises.

More Pressure Exerted on Pipes

When it rains, the dirt surrounding underground pipes turns into mud. Since mud is heavier than dirt, it exerts more pressure on the outside of your pipes. While pipes are engineered to withstand the weight of mud, they can be vulnerable to cracking if previous damage was left unrepaired. If you suspect there’s a leaking pipe in your commercial building, call an emergency plumber ASAP.

Underground Pipes Shift

Underground pipes are held in place by surrounding soil. However, these pipes can shift out of alignment when heavy rain softens the earth holding them in place. The shifting earth can move pipes in a way they weren’t intended. Too much underground movement will crack underground pipes, letting in rocks and dirt.

Backed Up Pipes

Heavy rains can cause the earth to shift, cracking or otherwise damaging underground plumbing. Dirt, rocks, and other debris are then able to get into your pipes. If you suspect your building has clogged pipes after heavy rainfall, find a plumber near you. The longer you wait, the more likely you’ll have to pay for expensive repairs. If there is too much debris in your underground pipes, it could back up.

Sump Pump Repair

If your building is in a flood zone, you’ll need to invest in a commercial sump pump to protect your basement or crawlspace from water damage. When it rains, water seeps into the soil and can flood your basement. Thankfully, sump pump installation prevents this from happening. Sump pumps are installed in the lowest point of your basement and activate when they detect enough water has entered the sump pit. Like the name suggests, the sump pump works by pumping water out and away from your commercial building.

The cost to install a sump pump is significantly less than what it would cost to repair a water-damaged basement. Even just a few inches of water on your basement floor can cost thousands of dollars in repairs. Your basement sump pump will need routine maintenance and repairs to keep up with heavy rains.

How to Prevent Water Damage

The best way to prevent water damage is to stay ahead of plumbing repairs. For example, a leaky faucet, should be repaired before heavy rains put more stress on your pipes. A licensed plumber will be able to check your building’s plumbing system for leaks and other issues so that you aren’t caught unprepared the next time it rains.

If your building is in a flood plain, we highly recommend installing a sump pump. All it takes is one rain storm for your building to flood. Even if you’re not located in a flood plain, you may have issues with basement flooding if landscaping slopes toward your building. The next time it rains, we recommend walking around the outside of your commercial building so you can see where water pools.

Our Grand Rapids commercial plumbing contractors will make sure your commercial plumbing lasts for years to come, even during heavy rainfall. To schedule an estimate for plumbing repair or maintenance, call K&S Plumbing at (616) 698-6790.