As advanced as plumbing services are today, there are issues that simply cannot be avoided. Plumbing systems are constantly functioning until the inevitable failures occur – this is simply a fact, almost a law of nature unto itself. Physical processes will invariably take their toll on everything, but there are certain things you can do to prevent that from happening. This article will look at three common autumn-related plumbing issues, and try to offer advice on how to proactively deal with them.
Tree Roots And Drainage
Especially towards the end of summer, Mother Nature comes head to head with your plumbing system in the form of tree roots. Root systems of trees near the piping for your home will eventually grow through the pipes themselves. Advanced research in materials and manufacturing have slowed this issue to a crawl, however, stopping it entirely may be an exercise in futility. Therefore, preventative measures – include periodic maintenance and inspections – have evolved in plumbing to further extend the life of your piping system. Knowing that certain issues are slow and inevitable means you can keep on top of them.
Basement flooding can also occur as a result of main drain blockages due to tree root growth. This is also true for water main and water line service into your house. Periodic maintenance of these critical plumbing services, as well as knowing when to call a professional plumber will greatly extend the life of them, and keep the possibility of clogged drains to a minimum.
Frozen pipes may not sound like an end of summer issue, but plumbing damage from the freezing process may not be sudden or noticeable right away. Ice may compromise pipes in a subtle way, which may not become an issue until later. A comprehensive inspection may be helpful in finding some issues before pipes burst from a freezing issue. Frozen pipes are on the top of the list when it comes to common plumbing problems.
Waterproofing your basement may not sound like a plumbing related issue, but it is. Again, nothing lasts forever, and Mother Nature makes fools of us all in the long run. Early autumn is the perfect time to consider the benefits of professionally waterproofing your basement, as taking every measure to prevent basement flooding is a best practice for every homeowner.
Clogged drains are, of course, the most common issue in basement plumbing, but having the interior and exterior of your basement waterproofed is just plain good sense, no matter how you look at it. The exterior wall of the basement may require excavation, but this will also enable critical services to be inspected. Water main service into the house can be taken care of as well as drainage, and any issue related to them.
Plumbing is a life long challenge and preventative practices are the best practices. Professional plumbers are there and always have been, around the clock, to keep the water flowing.