The Top 4 Spring Plumbing Problems to Avoid
Spring is well underway here in Queensland. The weather, as usual, has been anything but consistent. We still have some days of rain, but for the most part, the weather has been warm and pleasant. Spring is a season that most of us have looked forward to all winter. While the lovely spring weather was well worth the wait, there are some cons that come along with the springtime. Just because spring is a joyous, carefree time for you doesn’t mean that it’s the same for your home! There are a handful of plumbing problems that are more common in the spring than in any other season. Here are four of the most common spring plumbing problems to avoid:
Tree roots in pipes
One of the most common- and most serious- spring plumbing problems is the presence of tree roots in pipes. In the winter, the cold weather likely stunted your trees from growing. However, with the warm weather that spring brings, the trees in your yard have likely began growing again. While this may seem good, the tree roots may spread rapidly in search of water and could end up penetrating your pipes. The presence of tree roots in your pipes can lead to some serious pipe blockages.
When temperatures fluctuate, such as they do between the winter and the spring, pipes respond by expanding and contracting. When the weather is colder, this movement can cause cracks. In the spring, when the pipes thaw and expand again, those cracks can grow and turn into leaks. A few ways to tell if you have leaky pipes are: inexplicably high water bills, mouldy odour, water spots on the ceilings and walls.
Clogged drains and pipes
There’s nothing like a long, hot shower in the winter. It’s the perfect way to warm up! While this may seem harmless, the longer your showers are, the more opportunity there is for hair to go down the drain. In the springtime, after this hair has collected in your pipes, your drains can become clogged. It’s crucial that you have a licensed plumber inspect your drain and determine the best way to remove hair, if this is the case.
Poor outer drainage
Spring oftentimes brings some fairly heavy rains to the Queensland area. This is great news for our gardens, but not so great of news for our outer drains. When your outer drains are clogged, water can pool around the foundation of your home, which can cause a bevy of problems.
If you do notice that you have clogged drains, leaky pipes, or overgrown tree roots, don’t panic. That’s what we’re here for! At Greg Mitchell Plumbing, our plumbers are highly trained and can quickly and efficiently tend to any of these common springtime plumbing problems. All you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call. We want to help.