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How to Survive the Rainy Season

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The rainy season is upon us, and it’s sure to bring the annual slew of plumbing issues along with it. While the added water from rain isn’t usually disastrous, there are a few key situations that homeowners should keep an eye on. In this article, we’ll go over those common rain-induced conditions of which everyone and their plumber should be aware. We’ve also included tips for plumbers who have to work outside in the rain this spring.

Common Plumbing Issues Caused by Rain

Flooding

Flooding is one of the most common occurrences when it comes to rain and plumbing, and the basement is often one of the first places to flood when the rain causes an overflow. Maintaining the sump pump is a good way to ensure that the basement or surrounding area will stay dry. A sump pump is placed in a small pit in the lowest point of the house, like the basement. When too much ground water starts pooling up, it pours in and activates the pump, which carries the water to an outer drain point and greatly reduces the chance of flooding.

Clogging

Blocked drains and pipes are another regular problem that stems from excessive rain. Because so much of the plumbing leading into and out from the home is underground, too much rain can push dirt and other debris, like sticks or leaves, into the system and cause it to back up. Keeping the yard clean is one way to reduce clogging; rake the yard, make sure trees aren’t too close to pipes, etc. Another approach to help ease this situation is installing a backwater valve, which makes sure sewage water will only flow in one direction and not back into the house.

Broken pipes

Excess rainwater can lead to broken pipes, either from the added water pressure or the debris buildup that may occur. Typically, when a pipe breaks due to rain one of the first indicators will be muddy or discolored water appearing in a sink or tub. This is a problem that will need to be remedied immediately by having a plumber repair the pipe

Solutions for Plumbers Working in the Rain

With all of the trouble rain causes, the rainy season is also a busy season for plumbers. While the job of a plumber always involves water, the rain can make it extra hard to keep both the gear and the jobsite dry. Below, we have a few tips for the best waterproof clothing, tips for working in the rain when necessary, and what to do to help prevent a flooded site.

Waterproof Gear

  • Work Boots When it comes to waterproof work boots, we like the Stormers 6″ Steel Toe Work Boot. The rubber material is made to keep water out, plus it has a steel toe and an Electrical Hazard Protection rating against 600 volts in dry conditions. For more boot recommendations, check out our Work Boot Field Guide.
  • Jacket We’re partial to Carhartt gear, so of course our favorite waterproof work jacket is the Rockford Jacket. It’s rain-resistant and includes a hood, plus it comes in three colors and tall sizes. For more gear recommendations, check out our article on 10 Workwear Essentials to Take to the Jobsite.

Working in Rain

We just gave our recommendations for what to wear in the rain, but how do you protect your equipment? You may often find yourself having to carry out a task, like soldering, despite the wet weather. While you can’t exactly pitch a tent on the job, we like a good canopy umbrella. Stick in the ground or tie it a nearby wall to give yourself a bit of shelter. Another product we recommend keeping around is a simple waterproof machine cover. This can come in handy to throw over any tools or parts that are exposed to the rain and keep things temporarily dry.

Flooded Jobsite

If the rain is bad enough, you may have to hold off work for a bit. Sometimes, though, especially in a rainy area, that’s not a possibility. There a few precautions to take to help keep the rain from destroying any of your hard work on a construction site. First, make sure temporary drains are set in place from the start to direct the flow of water. Then set up any temporary roofing you can. Finally, make sure to not work on any of the finished parts of an install until the proper framework is in place that will protect from the rain.

While the rain can’t be stopped, there are few steps to take to make it more comfortable and help reduce problems associated with plumbing. Hope this helped; stay dry out there!

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