While most of us can’t wait for warmer weather and to celebrate the transition of the season, the sudden spring thaw can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. So, let’s jump right to it – are you and your home prepared? Let’s take a look at some of the most common plumbing and drainage issues that homes incur during this time of year and what you can do about them:
- Leaks – Leaky pipes often don’t reveal until the spring thaw due to the expansion and contraction caused by changing temperatures. Pipes are more prone to cracking during the freezing winter months, as they contract and/or fill with frozen water. So, when the weather warms and your pipes once again expand, tiny cracks become larger cracks. If you start to notice areas of standing or dripping water, changes in your water bill, musty odors, or any other plumbing changes, call your trusty plumber for an inspection.
- Water Pressure – Low water pressure is always a nuisance, but it’s usually a symptom of a greater issue. Sometimes the drastic change in season can lead to or reveal leaks in your pipes. So, if you’re experiencing consistently low water pressure, it’s time to call in a plumber to check your system.
- Fixtures – Slow fixture drainage is a very common springtime plumbing issue, affecting everything from sinks, to showers, tubs, and more. This can happen for several reasons. For instance, tree root intrusion may be causing obstructions. Another possibility is that your pipes are experiencing more buildup than usual after coming out of the long winter months of hosting and cooking for guests during the holidays. No matter the culprit of the obstruction, it’s important to call a plumber out to assess and remove any debris. They have the necessary tools to tackle these hard clogs, and it is much safer on your pipes, as home remedies can actually cause more damage.
- Gutters – Spring brings growth, plant growth, specifically. And with this, it’s not uncommon for gutters to become obstructed with outdoor debris, including leaves, twigs, and more. When this happens, you can experience significant water damage, as blockages can force gathered water to flow over the sides and onto the roof itself and down the sides of your home. This, of course, can lead to ceiling and wall damage, in addition to unsightly stains. So, be sure you make a point to regularly clear debris from your gutters.
- Sewer Line – In addition to blocking your gutters, all of the new plant life that is starting to flourish can also affect your main and sewer lines. As roots spread out looking for moisture and nutrients, they can intrude vulnerable spots in the pipes. This can lead to things like water pressure and drainage issues, and again will need to be addressed by professional.
The best way to deal with these common Spring plumbing issues is to call in your trusty plumber for fast inspection and repair. Even if your home experiences no plumbing issues with the changing of the season, Spring is a great time to schedule a routine inspection anyway to make sure your home stays protected all throughout the warmer months to come.