How Vancouver Rain can Affect your Plumbing


Vancouver is a beautiful city that is surrounded by some of Canada’s most picturesque mountain scenery. Thanks to those mountains however, as well as Vancouver’s proximity to the coast, precipitation is very common throughout the year. In the early spring and fall months in particular, rainfall becomes heavier and more frequent, which can put a strain on the drainage systems found in and around your home. In addition, heavy rain can affect Vancouver’s municipal sewer system, which can make it impossible for water to effectively drain from your property. As a Vancouver resident, knowing how to prepare for precipitation and anticipate issues that may result from heavy rainfall is key to ensuring your home will stay dry, and your plumbing will keep running properly.

Shifting and Cracked Pipes

During a heavy Vancouver rainstorm, it is not uncommon to see a buildup of water on the ground around your home. This is one of the major reasons why underground drainage pies and weeping tile systems become compromised after heavy rain. As the ground gets saturated with water, and soil becomes more loose throughout the ground, pipes can actually shift from their original positions. Once this happens, the pipes become more susceptible to cracking. This is especially true when you factor in the increase in water flowing through the pipe, which puts more pressure on the drainage system, making it more likely the pipe will crack and become clogged as rocks and dirt seep into the cracked pipe.

Sewer Backup

As we mentioned above, a backed up municipal sewer is one way excess rainfall can negatively affect your home’s plumbing and drainage. This is a major point of concern for all homeowners, because there is very little you can do to fix the issue on your own. It is best to prepare as well as you can for these types of problems by having a dehumidifier and a wet vacuum on hand. These tools can help you stay on top of any water buildup in your basement, so you don’t end up dealing with extensive water damage after the water recedes.

Basement Flooding

There are plenty of other causes for basement flooding associated with heavy rainfall that are not associated with Vancouver’s sewer system. If you own a home that is build on ground that features poor drainage, you may encounter basement flooding after a rainstorm. In addition, inadequate weeping tile or window wells that cause water to pool rather than drain can also invite basement flooding. A good contingency for these issues is to install a sump pump at a low point in your basement. This pump will direct groundwater away from your basement floor and out to the sewers should the water levels rise too high.

Although precipitation is common in Vancouver, with the right help from a knowledgeable team of plumbing experts like the ones at MidCity Plumbers, you can rest assured that your home will be properly prepared for even the worst kinds of precipitation the Southern BC region has to offer. To find out more about how we can help you stay on top of the rainfall, be sure to contact us today!

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