Springtime in Canada is a wonderful thing. There are beautiful flowers, wisps of warm weather, and plenty of leisurely walks in the park.
But if you didn't keep up with proper plumbing maintenance during the fall and winter, you might be in for some problems when springtime rolls around.
Just like you go to the doctor for a checkup, you should have a plumbing technician examine your home's plumbing systems to ensure it's in good condition. After all, the best way to solve a plumbing problem is by preventing one from happening.
If you're unsure about your spring plumbing, we've got the answers you're looking for. Let's explore some of the most common plumbing issues and solutions.
Damaged Pipe Joints
Damaged pipe joints create leaks in your pipeline. Leaks can start small, but if ignored, they wreak havoc on your property. A water leak can waste up to 340 gallons of water per day. Severe leaks can cause flooding, mould, and high utility bills.
Most leaks occur in the joints. The joint is where pipes connect. They are the weakest part of the pipeline.
Joints are easily damaged and deteriorated, resulting in water leaks. Most joints are not visible, so the leaks can be tricky to pinpoint.
First, scheduling a routine visit from your local plumbing team can prevent severe leaks from forming. Preventative plumbing maintenance ensures all pipes, joints, and drain lines are in tip-top shape. A professional can detect early signs of weak joints and replace them before a problem develops.
To repair damaged pipe joints, a plumber will first turn off your water supply. If you are unsure where the deteriorated joint is located, the technician will use leak detection equipment to locate the problem.
In some cases, the leak may be severe, or there may be multiple damaged joints. In this case, pipe replacement is the most suitable option. Small fixes can lead to more damage later, so it may be more economical to bring in fresh pipes.
If the leak is mild and the rest of the pipeline is in good condition, the problem can be repaired using plumber's (aka Teflon) tape.
A plumber will give the pipe a thorough clean. They will place tape on the second thread from the end of the pipe and hold it in place. The plumber will wrap the tape around the pipe in the opposite direction, so the pipe turns into the fitting.
The pipe will be wrapped tightly four to six times. Homeowners must let the tape sit for at least one hour before turning on the water.
Frozen pipes are a serious concern for Canadian homeowners. Frozen pipes are the most common cause of property damage during cold seasons.
Pipes are at the biggest risk of freezing during the winter months, but you're not in the clear when spring arrives. Water left in hose lines and other pipes can freeze over the winter months and lead to problems in the spring.
If you have a hose, you most likely shut off the water during the winter. But many people forget to let the water drain from the pipe before switching off the water supply. When this happens, the water remains inside your pipes and freezes during winter.
When springtime weather rolls around, homeowners are eager to get outside. They turn to their hoses to spray their fresh gardens and wash their cars. As they do, the frozen water supply can burst, causing flooding and other water damage.
The best solution to pipe problems in the spring is to prevent water from freezing during the winter. Let cold water drip from any exposed pipes, including your hose. Before packing away your hose in the fall, drain your hose line to ensure there is no leftover water in the pipeline.
During the winter months, keep your thermostat at 55° F (12° C) or higher. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to help warm air circulate the home. Keep garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.
If you have frozen pipes, shut off the main water system leading to the structure. This decreases pressure on the pipes and reduces the risk of a flood.
Plumbers will use professional pipe-thawing equipment to loosen the waterline. Heat guns prevent the pipe from bursting and flooding. You can start the process by using a hairdryer to warm the pipes. However, frozen pipes can be a dangerous problem, so it's best to let professionals handle them.
Small gutters have a big impact on homes. Blocked gutters are one of the most common plumbing issues, especially in early spring.
Autumn's leaves and winter sludge get jammed into your gutters. As the snow melts and winter becomes spring, schedule a professional gutter cleaning.
Rain gutters remove water from your home's foundation and basement. The drainage keeps your property in tip-top shape.
Clogged gutters prevent water from being diverted from your home. The water spills over the sides of the gutters and creates a mess.
Signs that you're gutters are clogged include:
- Sagging gutters
- Water pools around your property
- Stained siding
- Plant overgrowth around your gutters
If you can't remember the last time you cleaned your gutters, then they're probably already clogged.
Hydro jetting technology clears debris and leaves from your gutters. Chemical cleaners can cause harm, especially since the gutters drain outside. Hydro jetting only uses water, so it's a natural way to unblock your pipes.
HydroScrub® Jetting pushes high-pressure water through your gutters using a specialized hose. The water is so powerful, it washes away everything in its path. Sludge, debris, dead animals, and plants are no match for hydro jetting.
Not only is hydro jetting an excellent way to clear clogs in your drain line, but it also prevents future buildup. The powerful water stream cleans the inside of your gutters and washes lingering residue away. Annual hydro jetting treatments prevent future buildup and gutter problems.
Homeowners may think they're going crazy, but the noises are real. When pipes vibrate, they create rattling noises within the walls of your home. Rattling pipes are common plumbing problems and should be simple to repair.
There could be a few different reasons behind your rattling pipes.
Water hammering is caused by a blocked vent pipe. As the water moves through the pipeline, it's dispelled by a vent that pokes out through your roof. If the vent is clogged, the hammering noise occurs.
If you notice noisy pipes after using water, it's most likely due to high water pressure. The pressure makes the pipes vibrate, resulting in loud noises. High water pressure can lead to long-term pipe damage, so get the problem fixed quickly.
Drain pipes along any water supply line can loosen over time and create loud noises in your home. The vibrations from water running through the pipes can release secure points and create too much wiggle room for your pipes.
To fix water hammering, shut off your main water supply. Turn on the highest and lowest faucets in your home. Eventually, the water will drain out and stop flowing, which will allow air into your pipes.
For fixing high water pressure, a professional can install a pressure regulator. This helps water maintain a healthy pressure level when streaming through your pipes. If you already have a water pressure regulator, you may need to have it repaired, reset or replaced.
A professional can assess the most effective method of tightening loose pipes. Insulated padding or wooden frames can create an extra buffer to hold the pipe in place. If possible, a technician may reattach loose straps or brackets to secure the pipe in place.
Sewer Line Obstructions
If there is one part of your plumbing you don't want to have interrupted, it's your sewer line. Unfortunately, the plants and shrubbery in your yard can end up costing you big bucks. Tree root invasions are responsible for over 50% of sewer line obstructions.
Tree roots will grow anywhere there is water, including in your pipeline. Vegetation can identify moisture in your pipe system from cracks, leaks, or fractures. The roots will gravitate towards your plumbing to seek nutrients.
Common signs of a tree root invasion include:
- Slow drains
- Sewage overflows
- Water pools around your sewer line
- Low water pressure
- Foul odours near your drains
Tree roots are thick and strong. When they reach pipelines, they can wrap around the pipes and crush them. Tree roots create clogs and obstruct sewer lines, leading to a sewage backup.
Prevent tree root invasions by being mindful of where you plant your springtime bushes. Make sure you're not planting anything too close to your sewer line. If you're unsure of where your pipes are located, contact your utility company for a map.
There are usually two problems that need to be fixed when it comes to tree root invasions. First, the sewer line needs to be cleared out. Second, the initial problem that attracted the vegetation must be repaired. If not, the roots will grow towards your sewer line all over again.
Hydro jetting is an excellent way to clear out a pipeline. The powerful water stream flushes away vegetation and tree roots. Hydro jetting pushes a steady flow of water through your pipes to remove anything in its path.
Once your pipes are root-free, technicians can use trenchless pipe lining techniques to make repairs. Trenchless sewer line repair is non-invasive, fast, and effective. Trenchless technology makes it easy to access your pipeline and get your sewer system running again.
Spring and summer mean the kids are home from school. With more activity in your house, your risk of clogged pipes and drains increase. Clogged drains are not ideal, but they happen.
You may notice slow drainage in your sinks, showers, and bathtubs. The lingering water may cause mildew rings, foul odours, and attract drain flies. If you observe any of these, take action. The longer the clog sits, the more severe it becomes.
Drain blockages are caused by a variety of things. The most common culprits are:
- Grease buildup
- Foreign objects (such as small toys and plastic products)
- Dirt and sand
- Food waste
When a clog forms, it creates slow water drainage. Clogged drains can also lead to pipe corrosion, water leaks, and, in severe circumstances, sewage backup.
Prevent clogs by being mindful of what you and your family flush down your pipes. Scheduling annual drain cleanings keep your pipeline clean and reduce your risk of blockages.
One slow drain in your home means there is a specific clog in that region of your pipeline. Usually, the reason is hair, dirt, or soap buildup. A plumber can use specialized equipment to dislodge the clog and get your drains flowing again.
Multiple slow drains throughout your home could signal sewer line problems. In this circumstance, plumbers may conduct a sewer camera inspection to evaluate the interior of your drain line. Once they locate the problem, the technicians can quickly make the right repairs.
Contact professionals if you're experiencing multiple slow drains. A sewage backup is hazardous and puts your family's health at risk.
Call Your Local Spring Plumbing Experts
Don't wait until it's too late to contact the professionals. Many spring plumbing problems can arise around your property, but you're not alone. We're here to help.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Richmond Hill ON is your local team of experts. From trenchless pipe repairs to top-notch hydro jetting services, we have the plumbing solutions you're looking for. Contact us to learn more about our team and how we can assist you.