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How heavy rain can affect your plumbing?

Contrary to popular belief that rain isn’t harmless, it can be. While a slight drizzle will not ruin the exterior of your house or its interior, thunderstorms could seriously cause damage to your property. Heavy rain can destroy the foundation of your home or floors, as well as destroy landscaping.

In addition, these heavy rains could affect the plumbing system of your home too. Let us look at how MatesRates Plumber can help you when heavy rain affects your plumbing. With MatesRates as your emergency plumber in Sydney, you can surely save your time, effort and money.

Flooding Due To Lack Of Outdoor Drainage

Heavy rain can cause the water to collect at low points and valleys in your yards. But, if there’s no way for the water to drain the rainwater, it could become a major issue. Flooding in the outdoors could be a sign of various problems. Identifying the root of the issue is dependent on the location of the water and if proper drainage is installed.

Outdoor flooding may signal a lack of drainage for the property. If your property is not able to properly channel rainwater, for example, your basement, driveway steps, or walkway may get flooded. This kind of flooding can affect the stability of your deck, driveway or the foundation beneath your house. A drainage system for your area could help resolve this problem by ensuring adequate drainage to the lower points of your property and also removing the water from your house.

A whirlwind of debris

One of the most common effects of rainy days on your water pipes can be the possibility of blockages. The water flowing through your pipes tends to accumulate debris such as branches, leaves and birds’ nests. It can also collect rubbish.

If you notice slow draining following heavy rain, you should talk to a Mates Rates Plumbing- your local plumber in Sydney and clean your drains. Professional local plumbers cleaning the drain will help alleviate some of the strain on your plumbing that has happened due to the heavy rain and help allow things to flow again.

Pipes Cracking and Bursting From The Blockage

If you find that your water at the sink is coloured, the water is coppery, or you notice a mildew-like smell that permeates your home, it could have encountered a cracked or damaged pipe. If rainwater is accumulating and doesn’t have a place to go, it can cause pressure on the pipes. Further, this may cause them to fail, particularly if they are damaged or worn out. In the end, soil or other pollutants may contaminate the freshwater pumped into your home.

In addition, with high torrential rain, pressure starts building up on the pipes. The soil and sand that covers the pipes become heavy with the rain making the pipes to become heavier. As a result, the pressure leads to bursting of the pipes. Contact MatesRates Plumber to repair burst pipes.

Shifted Pipes

Additionally, heavy rains may cause your pipes to shift, which creates more problems. The excess weight or pressure placed on pipes can cause them to bend or break. This could seriously damage your plumbing systems if not vigilant. This is particularly true when the rain falls after a dry or drought period. In this period, the ground becomes hard.

The underground pipes feel enormous pressure due to the shifting ground, which can lead to misalignment or breakage. Additionally, the galvanised pipes made of steel could alter the colour of the water. As a result, it could decrease the pressure of water. Moreover, it will introduce harmful contaminants in the system when they break. However, MatesRates Plumber can help you avoid this problem.


Homeowners should always prepare themselves for potential plumbing issues that can arise during heavy rain. If you’re facing an extensive pipe burst or a minor clogged drain, or a blockage in your sewer, you should immediately connect to a local plumber in Sydney as they know the area in and out and will help you with your plumbing system. They can restore function to your property in no time.

So, contact MatesRates Plumber Sydney today for any heavy rain related plumbing issue or if you need an emergency plumber. 


Any plumbing repair or maintenance should be always done by a licensed trades person or your manufacturer’s warranty and your building and content insurance could be voided. Your Mates Rates plumber Sydney will happily give you advice and ensure that you take the best course of action and avoid costly mistakes.

Always keep an eye out for dripping taps in your home, office or garden, toilet cisterns that continually run, leaking hot water tanks and valves, damp spots in floors walls or ceilings, hard to turn or noisy taps or sinks that drain slowly. These are the common early signs of a minor plumbing issue that could result in serious damage and cost you money if not promptly attended to.

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