Springtime means flowers, rain, and warming weather, and it can also bring with it a host of common plumbing issues that it is wise to watch out for. If you keep an eye out for plumbing problems, you will be able to catch them before they turn into major issues that cause real damage to your sewer system and your home. Backups and floods can lead to mold growth and can even compromise the foundation of your home, so make sure you are aware of the following issues that can crop up.
When springtime hits, you will usually turn your sprinklers on after a long rest during the fall and winter. When you turn your sprinklers on for the first time, keep an eye out for any leaks. A leaky sprinkler could mean a pipe froze and was damaged over the winter. That means the issue could mean more than just a simple sprinkler repair. If you notice leaking from your sprinkler system, make sure to call in a professional to examine the pipes leading to your sprinklers to ensure there isn’t deeper damage that you are not aware of.
Basement Pipe Damage
The pipes in your basement support the plumbing system in your whole house and connect to your sewer. Over the winter, it is possible a pipe may have sustained some damage due to the freezing weather. Some pipes are visible to you and you can have a look yourself to make sure they seem in good shape. However, it is also smart to hire a professional to use a camera system and evaluate the pipes under your home to make sure they are free of cracks and also of debris that may have collected over time.
Check Your Sump Pump
Make sure your sump pump is working correctly and is not overwhelmed with water from the melting snow of winter and from the heavy rains of April. Significant rainfall can lead to flooding in your sump pump, making it unable to handle incoming water from your home. If you suspect there is an issue with your sump pump, a professional can help you assess the situation and provide a solution if necessary.
With the proper preventative maintenance and a watchful eye, you will be able to catch most if not all common springtime plumbing and sewer issues before they become more difficult to manage. Early detection is key to a simple and less costly solution. At A&L Cesspool, our experts are available to help you keep your sewer system healthy and running at its best.