Top Plumbing Inspection Tips to Keep Your Home Safe and Healthy This Spring
Spring can be a wonderful time of the year – it’s a chance to enjoy warmer weather and blooming flowers and clean out your home before the summer months arrive. If you’re not careful, however, the rainy weather can also bring you some unpleasant – and expensive – plumbing emergencies.
Plumbing problems can quickly escalate into serious property damage and health hazards, so it’s important to look out for any potential problems before it’s too late. Sometimes issues with your plumbing system aren’t obvious, but here are a couple of things you can look out for this rainy season.
Learn the Signs of Broken Pipes
Broken pipes are one of the more serious and expensive problems you can encounter with your plumbing system.
Older pipes are especially vulnerable during heavy rains. When the ground becomes saturated with water, it tends to shift.
Some pipes are too old or weak to withstand the pressure, and end up cracking or breaking. You’ll know you have a broken pipe if you find debris in your tap water after rainy weather.
Slab leaks are especially damaging – this is when the pipes under your home’s foundation break. This can be very expensive to repair, and in some cases, a slab leak can even cause your foundation to collapse.
Keep an eye out for the signs of broken pipes: mold, cracks in your floors or walls, weak water pressure, and of course pooling water in or around your home. You should be especially vigilant if your pipes are old. Get them inspected regularly and if they’re really old, consider having them replaced before it’s too late.
Evaluate the Strength of Your Sewer System
A weak sewer system also has the potential to cause some serious problems during rainy weather.
If water is backing up your drain after heavy rains, your sewer system is probably full of rainwater.
Cracks in your sewer lines can also allow debris to wash into your sewer system when it rains, resulting in blockages. A blockage can quickly cause flooding in your home or elsewhere on your property.
Soggy lawns and other water pooling should not be ignored. If the flooding reaches your home, it can bring harmful bacteria, mold, and pests along with it.
Get a Plumbing Inspection to Diagnose and Fix Potential Problems
If you’ve discovered any signs that your plumbing system is damaged, don’t despair.
A professional plumber can help you repair any issues. The best way to avoid costly repairs, however, is to call a professional before you notice any problems at all.
They can help you diagnose problems and avoid the hassle and expense of emergency repairs and water damage. That way you can be free to enjoy the spring season and all it has to offer – even the rain showers.
Has rainy spring weather caused any problems for you? Comment below to share your experience. Captain Rooter Plumbing can help keep your spring stress-free. Call us at (773) 840-7800 and enjoy quality solutions in your home today!