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Blogs from July, 2024

Summer Storms

Summer storms can bring relief from the heat but also wreak havoc on your plumbing system. From heavy rainfall to lightning strikes, summer storms can impact your home's pipes and fixtures in several ways.

1. Increased Rainfall and Flooding:

One of the most common issues that homeowners face during summer storms is flooding. Heavy rainfall can overwhelm sewer systems, leading to backups and flooding in basements and crawl spaces. This excess water can pressure your pipes and cause leaks or bursts. To prevent flooding, ensure your gutters are clear of debris, and consider installing a sump pump in your basement to remove excess water.

2. Lightning Strikes:

Lightning strikes can threaten your plumbing system during summer storms. If a lightning strike hits your home, it can travel through metal pipes and damage your plumbing fixtures. To protect against lightning strikes, consider installing a surge protector on your main water line or investing in whole-house surge protection.

3. Power Outages:

Summer storms often bring power outages, which can impact your plumbing system if you have an electric water heater or sump pump. Without electricity, these systems won't be able to function properly, leading to potential issues like no hot water or basement flooding. Consider investing in a backup generator to keep essential plumbing systems running during power outages.

4. Tree Roots:

Summer storms can also lead to tree roots invading your underground plumbing lines. Heavy rain softens the soil around pipes, making it easier for tree roots to penetrate and cause blockages or leaks. To prevent tree root damage, consider planting trees away from underground pipes and have a professional inspect your plumbing lines regularly for signs of root intrusion.

5. Mold and Mildew Growth:

Finally, summer storms can create the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth in damp areas of your home, like basements or crawl spaces. Excess moisture from leaks or flooding can spread mold spores throughout your home, impacting indoor air quality and causing health issues. Look for signs of mold growth after summer storms and promptly address any moisture issues.

Memphis Plumbing Services

If you're a Memphis resident concerned about how summer storms may affect your plumbing, don't wait for the next downpour to find out. Contact Smith's Plumbing Services today to schedule a comprehensive inspection and learn about preventative measures and upgrades that can safeguard your home. Our team of experts is ready to provide you with top-notch service and solutions tailored to the unique challenges of Memphis weather. Protect your home and gain peace of mind—reach out to us at (901) 290-1110 and let us handle your plumbing needs.

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