How California Winters Create Water Damage

California doesn’t have to worry about many common winter plumbing problems that snowy states deal with, like frozen pipes. However, that doesn’t mean you should ignore your plumbing during the winter or assume it will work itself out in a few months. Our state winters can still cause adverse effects on your water and plumbing systems.

The rain we see this season is one of the ways winter weather can damage your plumbing and sewer system. Though Southern California sees less rain than the rest of the state, your home will be more susceptible to damage from water when it does rain. It’s important to keep an eye on potential dangers to your pipes and sewer lines so that you can have them fixed before major damage occurs.

Burst Pipes
Though we may not see frozen pipes like in colder states, you could still deal with a pipe rupture this season. Rainfall can make the ground softer and more shiftable, and even disasters like minor earthquakes can shift the earth. Root structures, rocks, and pipes can shift along with the ground, making the pipes bend and crack. This can cause extra flooding in your yard, and create other issues for your home, including increased water bills.

Flooding Sewer Lines
Rainfall and debris will also affect your sewer line. Debris can fall into storm drains or be washed in with rainwater, and the debris will build up over time. This can then cause a back-up of water in sewage lines, leading to the water in your pipes coming back out through your sink drains, shower drains, and toilet.

Blocked Gutters
Clearing out your gutters can help keep water away from the foundation of your house. Though our winters are usually drier, you don’t want to be caught unawares and end up with flooding or water damage in your yard. Gutters clogged with leaves, sticks, and dirt will only add to the potential flooding of pipes or sewer lines.

Professional Plumbing
If you’re dealing with plumbing issues from shifting ground or unexpected rainfall, be sure to contact an expert at BPI Plumbing. The last thing you want to deal with this winter is severe water damage from a broken pipe or backed-up sewer line.

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