And the Rains Came | Broken Pipes

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And the Rains Came | Broken Pipes

If the rain is playing havoc with your plumbing and pipes, it’s time to call the Tampa Bay plumbing pros at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

You spent part of yesterday afternoon in Largo watching Young Frankenstein. You were lucky and got back before the heavy rains began, but you did notice that your drains seemed a bit slow last night. You’re wondering if the heavy rain could hurt your plumbing.

The quick answer – yes.

“Those heavy rains that drum on the roof, keep you indoors and leave you soaked no matter what precautions you take are incredible shows of the power of nature. When these rains come, they can cause a lot of disruption, not only for your daily activities, but also for your plumbing,” according to plumbing experts in California. “A big downpour can cause both minor and serious plumbing troubles.”

Among the potential problems are broken pipes and blockages or clogs. explains: “Especially if there has been a long dry spell, heavy rains can cause the ground to shift considerably, to the point that it may break pipes. Dry soil becomes quickly infused with a lot of moisture, causing it to move and expand. This movement can break brittle pipes. You’re most likely to face this problem if your pipes are older, made of galvanized steel or similar materials.”

You may notice you have discolored water or debris in your water if this happens.

“A lot of rain water brings debris with it. Twigs, leaves, trash and dirt can all get into the sewer system to the point that it clogs drains. One recommended precaution you can take is to keep your roof clean and free of debris to avoid additional clogging that could have been avoided,” says. “You’ll notice your pipes are blocked if your drains seem sluggish and your water doesn’t quickly go down the drain as normal. You may also notice a smell of sewage. Your first line of defense is to try using a plunger, but if it doesn’t work, you may need the help of a professional plumber. It’s also advisable to wait a few hours before losing hope. It could be that the city’s sewers are also backed up and until things clear, your drains won’t either. If the problem persists, the problem may be more localized.”

If you have these or any other plumbing problems that you can’t fix, it’s time to call the Tampa Bay plumbing specialists at Billy the Sunshine Plumber. Billy Sunshine has been the trusted Tampa Bay plumbing expert of choice in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties since he opened in 1924. Billy the Sunshine Plumber is open 24/7/365. Weekends, nights, holidays – no matter. Billy the Sunshine Plumber is always here for you.

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