April showers bring more than just May flowers. They can also bring plumbing problems. Here are some plumbing issues that tend to arise as the weather warms up and ways to prevent them.
In the spring, trees start spreading new roots. These roots can grow into your pipes, damaging or blocking them which can create clogs. Take precautions to prevent this from happening by removing or relocating trees that pose a problem. If this is not possible, talk to a professional. At Tiger, our plumbing professionals can check existing pipes for roots or provide you with options for rerouting buried pipes.
If pipes freeze during winter, you might not notice until the temperature rises in the spring and the ice melts. Leaks can be small or they can be so extensive that you experience a pressure drop in your water supply. To prevent this, ensure that pipes in your home are well insulated to minimize the risk of freezing and subsequent damage from a burst or leaking pipe.
Spring flooding can be caused by ground that’s still frozen. Water from a heavy rainfall will have nowhere to go if there is still ice in the ground, sometimes accumulating enough to cause a flood. While there is nothing you can do about frozen ground, you can ensure there is a clear path to the storm system to reduce water accumulation.
To protect your home from flooding, make sure your sump pump is in good, working order. Sump pumps work to prevent flooding by redirecting water away from your home keeping your basement or crawlspace dry. If your sump pump is in need of service, our trained, licensed, and certified plumbers are here to help.
Wet or Damp Crawlspaces
As the weather warms up, pay close attention to your home’s crawl space. Damp crawl spaces can create serious home and health problems. Over time, unaddressed moisture can result in mold, structural damage, and even poor air quality. Crawl space encapsulation can help alleviate these problems and protect your family. If you have concerns about excess moisture, we offer encapsulation and other crawl space services.
When snow melts, it carries bits of debris and the previous fall’s leaves with it. This can accumulate in storm drain systems and gutters, causing them to overflow during spring rain showers. To minimize the possibility of this happening to you, keep your yard and gutters clean, clearing leaves in the fall and again once when snow melts.
Damage to Buried Piping
As the temperature rises and falls, the ground expands and contracts. While pipes have some flexibility, they can still break, crack or leak as a result of this movement. If you have a sudden drop in pressure or notice that sewage is backing up, this might be the cause. You’ll need a professional to replace the portion of damaged pipe. If this is a recurring problem, you may need to consider replacing your buried piping with another material able to withstand the shifts caused by temperature fluctuations. At Tiger, our technicians can replace damaged piping or provide options for replacing buried piping.
If you have concerns about whether your plumbing is prepared for spring and the coming warmer weather, give us a call or schedule service online. Our trained and certified technicians are here to take care of springtime plumbing issues and any other plumbing problems you may have.