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Spring in Conway, SC is warm and delightful, but there are some definite plumbing problems that can start to show up during this season. It is a time of expansive growth, a general thawing of cold frozen ground, and a time when some fixtures start to be used more frequently again. We at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Myrtle Beach, a plumbing service serving Conway, SC, see it every year. Don’t get caught unaware. Read up on these five common Spring plumbing issues so that you know what to look for!
As we all know, Spring is a time of growth when everything comes back to life from the Winter. This burst of growth is great to see, like trees that go from bare branches to a pop of green, except when their roots come through your sewer lines, making splits in the pipes or obstructions in the line. Depending on the root system around your property, this can be a slow growth issue or a sudden one. It isn’t just trees that are a factor either, many shrubs can have full and vibrant root systems that grow and twist into pipes. A proper plumbing service can help keep those lines clear and functioning correctly.
Bad Water Pressure
Another effect of having roots come into the lines can be bad water pressure. We all get frustrated when we hop into the shower and there is nothing but a trickle of water that drips down. Bad water pressure is always a symptom of an issue elsewhere, and roots can be one of the causes but it isn’t the sole cause. Other issues that can cause bad water pressure include leaks. Leaks in your plumbing pipes can be one of the main reasons for bad pressure. These can be leaks in the main water service from your city or county to your home, or they can be a leak in your home’s system. A trained plumbing professional can tell you whether the problem lies in your home or whether it is a problem with the city/county.
If you ever had more than a few days with low water pressure, call your plumbing service and have them check it out.
You get out of the shower, or you finish washing your hands, and you watch how slowly your sink or shower pan drains. It’s bothersome and it’ll get under your skin. There are several reasons why you may have these slow drains, such as clogs of hair, root intrusions in the line, or problems in water backing up. Some pipe clogs are a simple fix of snaking your drain, but others are more severe and need a professional plumbing service to help. We’ve already discussed how root intrusions play into the slow draining problem, and we’ve gone over the problems that can arise from it. If you have a slow draining fixture in your home and snaking the drain hasn’t helped, before you just pour caustic chemicals down your sink that may do more harm than good, call a plumbing service to check it out.
Failing Sump Pump
Sump pumps are devices that are always in the lowest part of your home, typically a basement or a home’s crawl space. It is designed to pump out water and prevent pooling after heavy rains or when the ground is saturated.
There isn’t much going on with your sump pump during the Winter season with the outside cold and frozen, but as soon as everything starts to thaw and awaken in the Spring, that is where you’ll see sump pump failure. To prevent this, you should be proactive and have yearly sump pump checks so that you always know that your system is working properly. It is one of the best protection against flooding and draining issues, one that a plumbing service can take care of with ease.
Packed Gutters and Clogged Gutter Drains
We all know that there is plenty of flora growth in the Spring. With this shedding of old growth and rebirth of new, it is easy for your gutters and drains to become clogged with debris like twigs, leaves, and other botanicals. When there are clogs in these systems, you may think it is just an annoyance, however, it can cause real water damage and impact several key areas of your house.
When water flow becomes obstructed like this, it can cause pooling issues that may lead to mold developing as well as help encourage infestations with pest creatures. Without good draining of water, it can corrode metal around your home, and lead to premature breakdown of structural items.
Gutter clogs aren’t just unsightly, they can overflow around your roof and cause water damage that can be in your walls, your roof, and even may pool around your foundation causing structural issues. Getting a plumbing service to come to look at your gutters, lines and other structures can give you a better overall sense of your chances for future problems.
By taking care of these plumbing issues quickly, it can prevent more extensive and more costly damage later. Doing a yearly once-over to check your pipes, fittings, gutters, and other fixtures can save you both time and money in the future. Be proactive for your home’s wellness and your property’s future.
Your Spring Plumbing Problem Fixers and General Plumbing Service Experts
At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Myrtle Beach, serving Conway, SC we have the knowledge and expertise to fix and repair your plumbing problems quickly and inexpensively. If you believe that one of these common problems is affecting your home, give us a call and put our plumbing service to work for you!