This is the time of year when many of us assess any damage that was done to our homes during the winter weather, and make repairs or adjustments. Your plumbing system should definitely be added to your list of systems to check on but, don’t just do a superficial check.
And, while most of us have things like toilet clogs and faucet leaks high on the list, there are some additional plumbing issues that you should make sure are on your list of spring to-dos.
The common plumbing issues are the ones we usually think of, because they cause an interruption of our plumbing services right away. And, any interruption causes serious inconvenience and stress.
But, in addition to those clogs and drips, there are other plumbing malfunctions that can cause a serious inconvenience, and should be investigated right away.
Here are a few examples:
- Damage to your sewer line. When your sewer line gets damaged, the repercussions are disastrous. As in, a flood of human waste and raw sewage in your yard kind of disaster. Your sewer lines can be damaged by many things, the most common being non-flushable paper products gets flushed down the toilet and tree roots. Make sure that you and your family know what can be flushed and what can’t. Also, schedule a video camera inspection of your sewer line if you are worried about tree roots.
- A failing water heater. While you may not need as much hot water in the spring and summer months, you still need some to take showers and wash dishes. Most water heaters will last anywhere from six to ten years. If yours is in this age range, make sure to have it inspected by a professional plumber.
- Small leaks. In addition to dribbling faucets and toilets, your plumbing system can develop pinhole leaks in the pipes due to corrosion. These small leaks cause serious water damage because they go unnoticed for so long. Keep a close eye on how your plumbing system acts and if there are any signs of trouble.
As you are going down your spring project list, make sure that you check all of the common plumbing problems, as well as these less common (but, still significantly damaging) plumbing issues. Catching them early will help to reduce the long-term damage.