Pipe issues are often revealed when there are heavy rains. With recent wet weather across some regions, Nuflow North West Sydney have had a high volume of sewer and stormwater issues. The heavy rain places pressure on piping infrastructure, exposing blockages or in extreme instances causing pipes to shift.
Dane Hutchens from Nuflow Northwest Sydney says ‘the issues generally occur because pipes are damaged with cracks. This is usually from tree roots which travel to find water in the dryer seasons. When the heavy rains happen, stormwater and dirt run into the lines through cracks and this additional water and debris overrides the capacity of the drain”.
To prevent unexpected issues, the best course of action for homeowners is to make sure that their plumbing system is checked and working properly prior to any rainy season.
Additional preparation actions homeowners can take includes:
• Check downpipes, ensuring they are properly connected
• Clear your roof and gutters of any leaves and other debris
• Clear debris from your garden to make sure nothing can be swept into external drains
• Test and ensure drains are flowing well (a good indicator that drains may be blocked is if showers, baths and sinks fill quickly but water recedes slowly).
Most importantly, get a pipe inspection to identify if any pipes are already blocked or if there are any breaks that may attract tree roots.
Taking a proactive approach to reducing the chances of your property becoming flooded during storm season will save you a lot of disruption and money.
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