What Causes Flooding in Houses?
Floods in the home are not only an inconvenience to clean up but they are also dangerous as it can affect the structure of your home, ruin your possessions and possibly result in expensive repairs. It is important to put measures in place to make sure these things don’t happen in your home. This article will go over why floods in the home happen and how to prevent them.
Common Causes of Floods
Floods are often caused by weather-related issues but generally, this is because of a fault within the home. Of course, some houses are more susceptible to flooding than others like if there are located at the bottom of a hill but even then, the drainage systems should take the water away unless there is something else going on. These are some reasons why your house may be getting flooded.
Broken pipes can sometimes be the culprit. A lot of the time these broken pipes will start off as just a small crack and will slowly leak until one day it breaks completely and water comes gushing into your home. If you notice that there is a small crack in the pipe it is a good idea to treat it as early on as possible to avoid the worst-case scenario.
This, unlike a lot of other scenarios, doesn’t usually happen because of rainfall but can still be partially due to weather. If there is an extreme change in weather temperature, the ground may change, meaning the pipes could shift, which causes them to possibly burst. Increased water demand can be another reason for them bursting, in summer you may use your water a lot to water the plants, take more showers, fill up paddling pools and it might be overwhelming for the pipes causing them to burst.
To combat these issues you should get routine checks on your pipes to ensure they are in good condition and you can catch any cracks early on.
Clogged drains are another culprit when it comes to homes flooding. Gutters can often be neglected in the home as it’s not something we really think about a lot of the time. However, they play a very important role in the home as they help to guide excess water away from the home and down the drain. When the gutter is clogged with debris this can make it more difficult for them to do their job properly, making sure they are working correctly is essential for your home.
When they are clogged up with things like leaves or twigs, they may overflow leaving puddles of water around your home. If the water has no way of escaping from there it may end up seeping into your home causing structural problems which could end up being costly to fix.
If your home has cracks in the foundation, this can be an opening for water to get in. when there is a heavy downfall of rain this could act as an entrance for water and in the long run, possibly cause structural damage to the house. Flooding doesn’t mean that water has to come in through the door it can also come through the floor so don’t ignore the cracks if you see any. Getting this checked out by a professional is important so it can get fixed before there is any major damage.
Blocked Drains & Sewage Systems
Floods caused by sewers can be down to a number of things like heavy rainfall and blocked drains. Sometimes flushing the wrong things down the toilet can be the cause of the flooding, you should never put things like sanitary products, nappies or baby wipes in the toilet as it can block the pipes. This makes it is difficult for the water to flow down the pipe as normal and can end up coming back up instead.
Putting the wrong things down the toilet are not the only ways that sewage floods can happen. Sometimes tree roots can get into the pipe system causing floods as well. If you suspect that your sewage pipes may be clogged it is best to call in a specialist to take a look.
Prepare Your House For The Worst
It is better to be safe than sorry if you know that there is a storm coming and heavy rainfall is on its way, it might be a good idea to prep for the west case scenario. You can do this through 3 easy steps.
- Know who to call – Check with local authorities if there is somewhere you can go if a flood was to happen and find someone who can help you get your house back to its original state if it needed repairing. You don’t want to be stressing after something like this has happened because you don’t know who to call.
- Clear your gutters – They are there for a reason, they are there to move the water away from your property and down the drain. If your drain is blocked water will end up overflowing and piling up at the bottom for your property.
- Do some checks around the house as well as getting regular maintenance checks by a professional just to ensure there are no cracks in the foundations or blocked pipes that you don’t know about.
- Get a professional in, to prep your house for the storm. They will be able to ensure that everything is as it should be and install systems to prevent the build-up of water even further.
We Help Prep Your Home For Storms
At Pumping Solutions, we have sewage and storm transfer service which can help your home get rid of water a lot faster and reducing the chances of a flood occurring. If you would like to learn more about this service, feel free to get in touch with us on 01775 711960 or you can fill out our online contact form.
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