A plumbing emergency can happen anytime, all of a sudden, without any prior warning.
Homeowners go through sleepless nights just before the spring sets in. As the winter passes by and the spring sets in, a whole set of new plumbing issues crop up. During winter, the pipes are ice-cold and they tend to contract. With spring, the environment is a little warmer, which makes the pipes expand. This could lead to leaks and cracks in the pipes. So, you shouldn’t be surprised with a flooded basement in the middle of the night!
Plumbing Issues to Watch Out For
#1: Sewer Backup
It is a very common problem. If there are multiple drain clogs, water flooding around the basement, bad odor coming from drains, or gurgling toilets, you can experience a sewer backup. The only way to prepare for it is to call your professional plumbers.
Sewer backup is difficult to handle. Only professionals possess the skills and have adequate tools to clean up the mess. Having a full plumbing inspection is the best idea. We will camera the entire underground sewer system to ensure that everything is working as it should. If necessary we can give the sewer a quick clean. If there are more serious issues, such as roots in the sewer, cracked or broken drain pipes. Our trained professionals will show you exactly what’s wrong and explain what should be done and why.
#2: Broken Pipes and Lines
There are several issues, which could cause broken pipes and lines. Soggy weather in winters, common deterioration, sudden warmth of the spring, and lack of water pressure can lead to a sudden breakage in the lines. It may initially cause leaks, which would further lead to a massive catastrophe like sewer backup or flooded basement.
#3: Damaged Pipe
Due to a sudden change in temperature, the underground pipes are largely affected. Whether it’s a frozen pipe or a damaged pipe, it becomes problematic eventually. In fact, if the pipes are frozen, there is a high chance of damage as frozen water exerts extra pressure on the pipe walls. Only a trained professional can check the pipe inside-out and repair.
#4: Sump Pump Issues
The sump pump can cause a lot of problems after the winter. It is very important to maintain the sump pump and prime it properly. If you have not attended it, you are not alone. Most people don’t understand the importance of the sump pump. You can simply do a test by pouring some water into the pit. If the pump kicks in a few seconds and allows the water to flow and turns off automatically, it is working fine. However, if it doesn’t, you should call a plumber immediately. It’s always a good idea to take your pump out of the pit before the spring thaw to clean it and inspect it of any issues. If that’s not something you want to do yourself our team would be happy to help.
#5: Faucet Leaks
Though faucet leak has nothing much to do with the season, it takes a toll during colder months. If the supply pipe has frozen during winter, it can cause plenty of issues. The pipe would leak and may even burst. So, call a plumber if you notice any leaks in the faucet.
While it is possible to prevent these plumbing issues during spring if you are prepared. Make sure the vents and plumbing pipes are clear of leaves, sticks, and bird nests.
About Complete Pluming
Complete Plumbing is known for and pride ourselves on exceptional service and workmanship at a fair price. Every member of our team is trained, licensed and insured to work in your home. We a wide range of plumbing services. From our committed 24 hour emergency service team ready to help with all your flood, sewer back up, and water leak repair needs, to our highly trained construction team ready ready help with everything from a small renovation to the build of your dream home. We’ve serving St.Catharines, Thorold, Niagara Falls, Niagara On The Lake, the Niagara Peninsula and beyond We are a proficient team of skilled workmen who can handle commercial and residential plumbing needs with ease.