The warm spring weather can provide a welcome relief from the cold, winter days. However, the sudden changes in weather, especially warm days followed by cold, can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. Here are some common plumbing problems to be mindful of this time of the year:
- Leaky Pipes: Pipe leaks might not have been evident during the winter but the expansion and contractions due temperature fluctuations can cause pipes to crack and leak. Any existing leaks that weren’t evident during the winter can also become larger. A good way to detect a leak is to look for dripping or standing water, as well as any musty odors.
- Low Water Pressure: Low water pressure isn’t just an annoyance, it can also be part of a larger plumbing issue such as a leaky pipe. Contact a plumber if you notice a change in the water pressure.
- Gutter obstructions: With new plant growth, your gutters can become obstructed with leaves and twigs among other things. Obstructions in your trough gutters can force water to flow on sides of your home, causing wall and ceiling damage. Obstructions can also cause water to pool, leading to mold, pest infestations and corrosion.
- Slow drainage: One of the most common plumbing issues in the spring is slower drainage in sinks, showers and bathtubs. This can be caused by a number of things, including tree roots in drains and buildup within your pipes. While home remedies can sometime solve the issue, it’s important to have a plumber assess and remove the clog to complete eliminate the obstruction.
Haven’t noticed any of these plumbing issues? We would still recommend a springtime routine inspection to ensure that your plumbing is protected and working throughout the summer season.