April showers and leaks: the most common problems with installation in spring
Spring brings warm weather, sunshine, and an abundance of flowers, but it also brings with it some unique installation issues. While spring showers encourage the growth of your flowers and other plants, rain can also cause problems with the installation. In warmer weather, keep an eye out for these four spring plumbing problems. Catching them early can save you a lot of headaches!
Cold winter temperatures can cause pipes to contract or freeze, which can lead to tiny cracks. As the weather warms up, the pipes expand, which also causes tiny cracks to expand. Old pipes and pipelines in the open air are prone to developing such cracks.
If you notice dripping pipes, stagnant water, a musty smell, or a mysterious spike in your water bill, it could lead to leaks. Leaking pipes must be repaired immediately to prevent water damage and mold growth.
Low water pressure
Poor water pressure can be caused by a leak in your home. These can be hard to find, so you may need to contact a plumber to find and fix them. It could be in somewhere, or it could leak out of the outer pipes that lead into the house.
Spring rains can also cause low water pressure. Because rainwater is heavy and soaks the ground, that weight can strain your underground pipes and create leaks that can result in low water pressure in your home.
Slow-running sinks and secured pipes
Just as spring rains can put pressure on your incoming outer pipes, so too can the pipes leading towards the sewer. If heavy, rain-soaked soil puts too much pressure on an old or weak sewer pipe, it can lead to stowed sinks and toilets, as well as sewage, in your yard. The warmer weather also spurs plant growth, and tree roots can grow through a small crack in a drain pipe and cause a blockage. In either case, secured piping is a serious problem that requires immediate attention from your local installer.
Failure of the sump pump
Basement sump pumps usually don’t run in winter because they are frozen in much of the country outside. Once the weather warms up and the spring rains flood your basement, you’ll need a working sump pump to remove water from that area. Get your sump pump checked in early spring to make sure it is working properly. This way you can easily avoid a flooded basement.
Spring is just around the corner and now the time has come to make sure your plumbing has weathered the winter and is consistently supporting you in the warmer months to come!
For more information, contact Mike Kogler today!
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