Common Spring Plumbing Issues and How to Prevent Them

Have you seen it? Slowly coming out from down by the horizon, climbing higher and higher into the sky? Yes! It’s the sun! Back to thaw us out and remind us why we live in a land that is frozen half the year.

Finally spring has arrived, and as we emerge from hibernation, we start looking around our homes and realizing that there are a few maintenance issues that have popped up over the winter. Below you will find some of the more common spring plumbing issues, what you can do about them, and how we can help!

Here are some common spring plumbing issues and what you can do to prevent a bigger problem:

Cracked Water Pipes

When the water in your pipes freezes, it expands and becomes ice, which can cause cracks or even a full-out burst. You can prevent cracked pipes in winter by insulating them or turning off the water during very cold times, but nevertheless, you may find cracks come springtime.

In the spring, do a visual inspection of your pipes and look for cracks, gaps, breaks or leaks.

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Spring is good time to inspect your outdoor faucets for leaks!

Get them fixed now to gear up for increased water use during the summer. Don’t forget to check faucets outside. We, at Canuck Plumbing and Heating, can conduct a detailed inspection of your pipes, and quickly and professionally do any repairs or replacements for you while giving you the red-carpet treatment.

Sink or Tub Not Draining

Bathtubs and sinks see a lot of use during the winter. You can’t just hose the dog off outside, so your tub could be plugged up with fur. Added to that could be bath products with drain clogging ingredients like scrubbing beads, oils, or even the sparkly bath bombs that you got for Christmas, and your drains might not be living up to their name.

Thankfully, a clogged drain isn’t something to stress about. It can be easily fixed, and we already have an article about it! Read here to learn how to unclog your bathtub drain.

Spring Flooding

While cracked pipes and clogged drains are problematic, flooding is a nightmare. With spring comes a lot of snow melt, and with snow melt comes a lot of displaced water that can end up in your basement.

Sometimes your basement turns into a wading pool, but other times basement flooding is less noticeable. Here are some signs of a wet basement to be aware of.

There are a few ways you can be proactive about preventing spring flooding:

  • Disconnect your downspouts from your sewer system and make sure water is draining about 6.5 feet away from your house’s foundation
  • Maintain your eaves troughs so they are clear of debris
  • Clear the drainage grates in front of your house and the drainage swales between your house and your neighbours’ so melting water and rain can flow freely into them

Other than the items listed above, a licensed, professional Canuck plumber can do a thorough inspection of your plumbing and foundation to ensure that your drainage system is working. We’ll also teach you how it works and how to maintain it.

We also recommend using a sump pump and we can give you instructions on how to maintain it and keep it operational during power outages, which will come in very handy during a seriously warm and melty April or a severe summer storm.

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A sure sign of spring: the Crocus!

You can find more information and tips about flood prevention in this online brochure created by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.

How to Prevent Spring Plumbing Issues

Giving new meaning to the term “spring cleaning”, this time of year is a great time to inspect your pipes and waterlines, and replace any that are too small or corroded before they cause a plumbing nightmare.

Change Out Corroded Pipes

Corroded pipes are another problem you may encounter, not only in spring, but at just about any time of the year. You may become aware of the fact that your copper pipes are corroded when the oxidized copper starts leaving blue stains on your bathroom fixtures—or even your hair!

Corrosion in copper pipes can be caused by a number of things:

  • Corrosive bacteria.
  • Improper grounding of electrical equipment or appliances near copper pipes.
  • Pipes that are too small for the amount of water going through them.
  • Inadequate cleaning, causing sand, grit, and other solids to wear on the pipes.
  • Electricity in the ground caused by lightning can also corrode your pipes.

Having a plumber fix or replace your corroded pipes as soon as possible will stop rot and water damage by preventing or repairing leaks.

Replace Pipes That are Too Small

A drizzle is a good thing when it comes to rain, but a drizzle from your tap is not. If you’re experiencing low water pressure coming from your faucets, you may have pipes that are too small for your household needs.

Replacing your pipes that are too small with bigger pipes will give you more water pressure. How big should you go? Well, you can never go too big, so ask us to give you a recommendation based on your water use. That way your rainshower shower head will feel more like the downpour you desire!

Start off your spring with confidence in your home! From small fixes to pipe and equipment upgrades to emergencies, Canuck Plumbing and Heating has you covered. We offer you red-carpet service for all your plumbing needs AND MORE!

Does the idea of spring plumbing maintenance and prevention sound like a chore? Join our  Canuck Diamond Club where we take care of all of your spring plumbing issues with guaranteed same-day service, as well as send a journeyman to perform a 360-point inspection of your home including drain lines, expansion joints, valve, and all those other hard to reach areas!

Contact us today at 587.803.1030 to learn more about this great program or to schedule a service appointment!

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