3 Common Spring Plumbing Issues & How To Avoid Them
Now that spring has finally arrived, many homeowners are choosing to get outside and tackle that long list of outdoor projects that have been on hold over the course of the winter. Even though the milder weather and temperatures make this time of year ideal for tackling those outdoor improvements, it is important that you don’t forget about the other vital aspects of your home that you can’t see during this time of year, like your plumbing system. While it might not seem like spring is a time of year where you need to be overly concerned about something going wrong with your plumbing system, there are several plumbing issues that tend to be more common during this time of year, and it pays to know what you should be on the lookout for, and what you can do to keep these issues from getting out of hand. To help you in this, our team of professionals have taken the time to put together this short article highlighting exactly what some of these issues are, and what you can do to keep them in check.
Check Your Bathrooms
Leaking toilets are always an issue to be on the lookout for, but we tend to get more calls about them in spring than at other times of the year. While water leaking from the tank into the bowl isn’t usually going to be overly harmful to your home, this constant usage can start to add up over time, and can make a dramatic impact when it comes to your monthly water bills over time. The most effective method of checking for these leaks is to put a few drops of food coloring into you toilet’s tank and let it sit for about half an hour. After that time, if you notice that the water in your toilet bowl has changed color, it’s a pretty clear-cut sign that there is an issue with at least one of the components in your reservoir. From here, the best course of action is to call in a plumbing professional who can get to the bottom of the issue and get it resolved for you so you stop losing water unnecessarily.
Protect Your Sewer Lines From Growing Roots
Spring is the time for growing, whether its your grass, your garden, or the trees around your property, and as the weather continues to warm up, everything is going to start spreading its roots and searching for water. In the case of trees, this can be particularly problematic as their roots sometimes have a tendency to work their way into your plumbing lines through cracks or damages in their search. Tree roots can cause serious blockages if they find their way into your plumbing lines, not to mention the damage they can cause in the process, so this spring, you will want to make sure that your have your underground pipes inspected and serviced to ensure they aren’t at risk of having tree roots invade as the weather continues to heat up in the coming months.
Inspect Your Faucets
Leaking faucets can be a nuisance for more reasons that just the constant dripping sound they make. Depending on the severity of your leak, a leaking faucet can have a fairly large impact over time on your water bills, especially if you have more than one faucet that’s doing it. This spring, make sure that your check for moisture in the areas around your faucets, as oftentimes they can develop a leak that is hidden from sight, especially in cases where they run under your sink or cabinets, and if you find any, call in a plumbing professional as soon as possible to find the source of the leak and put a stop to it.