A new season can bring with it some new plumbing problems. We're accustomed to dealing with the plumbing issues that our customers encounter all year round. As the temperature drops and the leaves begin to change colors, there are some unique problems that you should be on the lookout for. Here's a look at some of the most common fall plumbing problems.
If you've noticed some issues with your sink that just won't seem to go away, you might want a licensed plumber to take a look at your drainage system. A blocked drainage system can be a problem in the fall, in particular, for a few different reasons. The leaves falling from trees can be blown right into your drainage system. Rain can make the leaves stick together, forming clumps that cause plumbing problems in your home.
Fortunately, this isn't the worst issue you could run into. One of our plumbers can clear a blockage and find you a new drain cover that works better. You'll be able to appreciate the fall colors again, without cursing the leaves that are causing plumbing problems.
The cold weather can also begin to pose problems for your plumbing during the fall months. This is typically a winter issue, but frozen pipes can happen during the autumn as well. If the temperature drops too low, the water in your pipes can freeze and expand. If you think this is going to be a problem, it's best to have a licensed plumber come out and check out your pipes before it really begins to get cold. Otherwise, you might soon be dealing with a more expensive problem.
Here's that more expensive problem. Burst pipes are a possible byproduct of frozen pipes. Repairing pipes can be expensive, and the burst pipe can cause some pricey water damage. Depending on where the water ends up, you could end up having to replace furniture, electronics, and other expensive items from your home. Contacting a plumber at the first sign of trouble, instead of waiting for a major problem, is always the best option.
Water Heater Troubles
A change in the outside temperature also changes the temperature of the water that flows into your water heater. That means that the water heater needs to work harder to get that water to a comfortable temperature for your morning shower. This can up the risk of equipment failure. That's why it's a good idea to get one of our plumbers to examine your water heater for potential problems before the temperature really starts to drop. Preventing a problem can be much less costly than dealing with a broken water heater.
Kitchen Sink Problems
As you cook up big holiday meals this fall, improperly disposing of scraps and leftovers could cause problems. Your garbage disposal is more likely to get jammed up this season. You also have to be careful to avoid pouring oils and fats down the drain because they could cause clogs. A little bit of preparation and knowledge can help you avoid plumbing headaches this season.