6 Ways to Prevent Springtime Plumbing Problems

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6 Ways to Prevent Springtime Plumbing Problems

No one likes dealing with plumbing issues, regardless of the season. Each season brings about new issues you may encounter, and with spring in the air, we want to help ensure that your pipes and plumbing system are good to go. Following are some tips from the team at Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical so you can avoid some common plumbing issues this season.

Low Water Pressure

We understand that low water pressure isn’t ideal, but it’s much more than just annoying – it can be a sign that there’s a serious plumbing issue. It may be due to blocked pipes, leaking pipes, or another source. Leaking pipes can be avoided, however, by taking preventative measures discussed below.

If you’re dealing with unusually low water pressure that doesn’t return to normal after a few days, it’s best to call a plumber so they can figure out what’s going on. 

Leaky Pipes

This is an issue that is often discovered during spring – during the winter, your pipes may fill up with water, freeze, and crack. Once the weather warms up, the pipes will expand, and the leaks and cracks can become even bigger. If you have an older plumbing system, there’s an even higher chance of a cracked or leaking pipe occurring. 

The best way to prevent leaking pipes is to have your pipes insulated and checked before the start of winter, as well as disconnecting your hose from the outside faucet. However, once it’s springtime and you think your pipes might be leaking, you should get them checked out by a plumber as soon as possible.

Avoid Clogged Drains

Some aspects of winter may contribute to clogged drains that can only get worse during the spring. Holiday gifts such as bath bombs, beads, or salts are very bad for your tub as they can clog your drain. If your drain isn’t properly cleaned out and the substances just sit in there, they’re more likely to act up once spring rolls around and the weather warms up. \

Clean Your Gutters

You may not see the connection between plumbing and your gutters, however, there is a strong one. A lot of debris can collect in your gutters over the winter, and during the spring when there’s rain, the water will run into the gutters and spill out. This water can enter your home and cause a flood and great water damage. You should not only clean out your gutters, but ensure that your sump pump is ready to handle any springtime rainstorms that come your way. 

Check Your Toilets

Make sure your toilets are working properly and are flushing correctly – you’ll be glad you checked for plumbing issues before they get out of hand. To check that your toilet is working properly, drop a few drops of food coloring into the water tank and wait about an hour. The water in the bowl should not change color – if it does, that means it’s leaking, and you need to get it repaired right away.

Contact Us Today For Plumbing Services

The best way to ensure your plumbing and drainage systems are ready for fall is to contact Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, & Electrical. We can help fix any plumbing issue that comes our way, as well as complete preventative maintenance checks. We guarantee you’ll be impressed with our high levels of customer service and quality of work.

For Lebanon plumbers who you can trust, we encourage you to give us a call today!

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