21 Apr 5 Common Spring Plumbing Problems
Springtime is always a feast for the senses. You get to watch the trees in bloom, hear the birds singing, feel the warm sun on your face, and see your reflection in pools of water building up on your lawn. On second thought, maybe that last thing isn’t so nice. Spring is wonderful, but it comes with a lot of melting water, which means many potential plumbing problems.
Sump Pump Malfunctions
The people reading this probably live in or near Winnipeg. That means you or someone you love has almost definitely been affected by basement flooding. This can seem like an inevitability in the spring – there’s just so much water! Realistically, however, a proper sump pit and pump management can almost guarantee you don’t see basement flooding. It’s always a good idea to get a plumbing maintenance visit in the early months of spring to ensure you won’t experience any problems with flooding.
During the wintertime, water that’s accumulated in your pipes can freeze. We hope you’re being cautious and turning off your water if some of your pipes aren’t properly insulated. Nonetheless, the cold weather can wreak havoc on pipes, leading to leaks in the springtime. That’s because metal contracts in the cold, then expands in heat. Over time, this leads to wear and tear, resulting in leaks.
Low Water Pressure
Leaky pipes and low water pressure go hand in hand; after all, if your pipe is leaking, the pressure is going to drop. When you notice your water pressure has dropped substantially, it’s a very good idea to call your Winnipeg Plumber to figure out what’s going on.
This is probably the worst spring plumbing problem, and it’s a consequence of a lot of factors you can’t control. Melting snow and rain flood the sewer system in the springtime, and with all that extra water, sewage might start flowing up through your house instead of away. Fortunately, this is a problem you don’t have to put up with – call us to install a backwater valve to stop sewage from ever flooding your house.
Cracked Hose Bibbs
The hose bibb is the faucet outside your home you attach your hose to. Much like the leaky pipes from earlier, water left inside the bibb can expand when it turns to ice, exerting pressure. What’s more, the cold can cause the bibb to contract. When the warm spring sun starts to melt everything, that expansion, plus any damage from ice in the winter, can cause the bibb to crack. Not to worry! We can fix that, too.