Ah, spring! The weather starts to get warm, the flowers begin to bloom, cleaning begins — okay, maybe that one’s not so great — and you can start to workout outdoors once more.
It also means that the worst of your plumbing issues are over, right? While it’s true that the winter months are often the harshest on our plumbing systems, the advent of spring thawing means there are a plethora of plumbing maintenance tasks to take care of.
At Plumbing Solutions, we consistently advocate a preventive approach to plumbing problems. By catching these smaller issues early, you prevent yourself from having big issues in the future — saving you major headaches and cash.
In today’s blog, we’ll cover some of the most common spring plumbing issues, so you can be aware of what areas may need your attention as we move into the warmer months.
Springtime Plumbing Issues You Need To Be Aware Of
While Nashville never really gets as cold as somewhere like Minnesota, there’s still plenty enough cold to damage plumbing fixtures and systems. As the frost begins to melt, you’ll want to have these areas inspected for the following problems:
Poor Water Pressure
If you’re experiencing a low amount of water pressure, it’s quite possible that you’ve sprung a leak somewhere, especially if this issue shows itself across multiple fixtures and doesn’t return to normal after a few days.
While some pipe leaks are easy to see, if the leak is occurring in an area where the pipe isn’t exposed, it might be a few days before you actually see water starting to pool. Pre-empt this by reaching out to a trustworthy local plumber.
Problems With Your Sump Pump
The sump pump is a rather unassuming, but important, plumbing device that’s designed to keep your basement from flooding by moving excess groundwater to a nearby storm drain, retention pond, or dry well.
Since the water in the winter is usually frozen, your sump pump is typically on standby during this season. However, when the water begins to melt, and the spring rain begins to kick in, you’ll want to make sure your sump pump is in proper working order.
Sewer Line Obstructions
As plants begin to grow again and their roots begin to stretch and search for nutrients, it could mean problems for your main sewer line as these roots may intrude into the line itself, causing back-ups in your home.
Main sewer line cracks can be difficult to discern, so it’s best to get a professional plumber on the job who has the training and the tools, like specialized cameras, to scope out the problem deep below the surface.
While pipes may contract in the winter weather and become the cause of the initial crack, the warm weather brings about expansion that could make those leaks even larger. This is especially true with outdoor plumbing fixtures like your hose bib or outdoor sinks.
Sudden spikes in water costs — that aren’t due to turning your sprinklers on again — or discoloration in your water is a sure sign that something is going wrong and you need to enlist the help of professional repiping services.
While poor drainage may be due to the sewer line obstructions mentioned above, it’s also possible that your home is experiencing poor drainage due to winter activities such as holiday parties and entertaining guests, that just don’t manifest themselves until the springtime.
A quick call to your local plumber can get these issues taken care of in no time.
Contact Plumbing Solutions To Get Your Free Plumbing Health Evaluation
At Plumbing Solutions, we offer complimentary whole-home plumbing health and safety inspections. These will help ensure your home is set for success as spring kicks into high gear. Contact us today to get started.