Summer flooding, it happened so fast!

Along with warmer days and melting snow, come the heavy spring rains that Metro East Illinois can count on to furnish a lush green lawn in the summer to come. For some homeowners, however, spring rain means certain flooding. The expert technicians at Culler Plumbing are here to tell you that there is no Earthly reason that the spring thaw and heavy rains should make a pool out of your home. Join us as we revisit one of our blogs from way back when (2014), as we expand on that pose to give you some more practical advice on preventing in-home flooding. In today’s post, we will discuss some of the most common causes of indoor flooding and what we can do to help prevent or treat your pooling water problems.

First, let’s discuss some of the common causes of indoor flooding that the expert plumbers at Culler Plumbing can do little to help prevent, but can offer advice as to who can.

  1. Roof leaks. Ensure that your roof is intact and providing the shelter it promises. For any roof integrity concerns, contact your local trusted roofer as soon as possible.
  2. Gutter fails. Gutters should be cleaned regularly and they should have their arms intact to carry water away from your foundation. If you have gutter problems, contact a gutter cleaning company today.
  3. Appliance malfunction. Any appliance that uses water — washing machine, dishwasher, etc — has the potential to leak. For household appliance repairs, call a repair technician or look into replacing your existing appliances (we will cover some of these soon!).
  4. Foundation leaks. If your foundation as leaks or cracks it is no match for the wet ground being saturated by heavy spring rainfall. Culler Plumbing can help manage water that collects as a result of foundation leak, but a foundation and slab leak company is better suited to handle these major foundational issues.
  5. Open windows and doors. This may seem silly, but springtime breezes help air out your home and reduce reliance on your heating and cooling system. If you have collected water inside, do a quick check of all the windows and doors to ensure they are closed and that they seal well.

Okay, on to some of the other more common reasons for indoor flooding and how we can help!

Common Causes of Indoor Flooding

Faulty appliances.

Early we mentioned that we would discuss some appliances that we can help out with that can contribute to indoor water pooling. Water heaters, water filters, and water softeners are all appliances that we install, repair, and maintain. Luckily, we offer preventative maintenance on all of these appliances as well, so if yours is behaving right now, but you have not had it serviced in a while, prevent them contributing to indoor flooding and give us a call to schedule routine inspection and maintenance.

Because your hot water heater receives a continuous supply of water waiting to be warmed, a small leak can quickly turn into a big problem. Additionally, most family’s water heaters are not located in a spot that warrants a continuous view of this major appliance, so many times a simply drip leak will be left unnoticed until it affects water pressure or water temperature — or until you are searching for an article that helps identify the cause of higher than normal water bills! If you are searching for said article, check out ours here — notice it features a snippet about checking the status of your water heater and other water-guzzling appliances.

Clogged or backed up sewer lines or septic tank.

Chances are, if a backed up or clogged septic or sewer system is to blame for the flooding in your house, there will be no question about what the problem is. The areas that will flood include the bathrooms or foundation around the underground septic system and the smell will be undeniable. Again, these systems require routine inspections and maintenance that include regular cleaning to prevent back-ups. If your septic system or sewer lines have not been cleaned in a while, contact us to get things under control before you have a nasty flood in your restrooms. There is no job too big or too small for our experienced crew. We can perform water-jetting services to clean clogs or emergency excavation services excavation to repair ruptured sewer pipes.

Clogged pipes and backed up drains.

You, like most American households, may have been ignoring the slow drains or just keep a plunger on hand for the toilet clogs you anticipate. But, we are here to tell you that sluggish drains and frequent clogs or backups are not normal to a well-functioning plumbing system and indicate a problem. Sure, if it is a minor clog, you probably can get away with treating it yourself for a while or dealing with the inconvenience of a less-than-optimal drain. However, these clogs will not suddenly release and will only continue to grow. Commercial drain cleaners are highly caustic and while they can help break down enough of your clog to allow water to pass until the next time, they also cause a weakening of your pipes, which can cause them to burst. If you have drains that are sluggish, contact us to come to take care of the problem by actually removing clogs safely and efficiently. Not only will it make using your sinks, tubs, and toilets more comfortable and convenient (the way they are supposed to be), it will also help prevent burst pipes and indoor flooding.

Leaking faucets or outside hose bibs.

You and your family may have heard the dripping faucet years ago, but because it is only a drip — maybe only a single drip per minute — and it didn’t cause pooling of water, you go on about your day, unbothered. This minor drip is an indication of a bigger problem and can result in some very serious damage — not to mention a high water bill and waste of tons of water. If you have a sink faucet or outside hose bib that is leaking, get it taken care of right away. This will help save water, reduce your water bill, and prevent indoor water damage. At Culler Plumbing, our technicians come in a fully stocked truck and can usually repair leaky faucets in just a few minutes.

Faulty sump pump.

The sump pump is the hidden gem of any household. Kept out of sight, out of mind, in the deepest recesses of your basement or crawl space, this household hero exists for the sole purpose of preventing floods in your home. However, like everything we have mentioned thus far, your sump pump does require some attention from time to time. This low-maintenance device only needs an annual inspection and minor maintenance to ensure it is healthy enough to continue performing its job. Your sump pump gathers up any water collecting water and diverts it safely out of your basement and away from your home. In the event that your sump pump fails to work, you can have a soppy mess very quickly. At Culler Plumbing, we can help with the installation and repair of your sump pump. If yours has not had service recently or you have noticed a musty smell in your basement, contact us to come to check on this unsung hero.

With all of the things that could go wrong and allow water to enter your home, it is the skills and affordable service of Culler Plumbing that keeps Metro East Illinois’ homes dry. If your home is experiencing any sort of flooding or you have noticed anything that may result in flooding, contact us to schedule your plumbing inspection or repair appointment. And, if you are experiencing a plumbing emergency or active flooding, contact our 24-hour plumber now!