The spring thaw here in Oregon can reveal issues with your home’s plumbing that need attention to prevent water waste and costly property damage. Here are some common spring plumbing problems you might face in your home, with advice on whether you can fix them yourself, or you should call a certified plumber.
Cold weather can be hard on pipe joints, so spring is when you’re likely to notice new leaks. If you discover a damp patch on a wall or ceiling, or an unexplained puddle on the floor, call a licensed plumber right away before extensive damage occurs.
If you have a problematic toilet that stays running, it’s not only annoying, it’s adding gallons of waste to your water bill. You can try troubleshooting the problem and replacing a bad fill valve or leaky flapper, or get an expert diagnosis and repair.
Leaky Hose Bib
Given the winter freeze-thaw cycles we experience, it’s not unexpected that you turn on your outdoor water supply to discover that the hose bib froze and ruptured over the winter. When you call a plumber about having it repaired, it’s worth asking about having a frost-proof bib installed instead.
If you have just one slow-moving drain, try using a plunger to clear the clog, but avoid caustic liquid drain cleaners that can harm your pipes. If plunging doesn’t work, or the problem is more widespread, contact an experienced plumber who has the tools and know-how to get it resolved.
If you’re experiencing spring plumbing problems in your Portland-area home and need help from a certified plumber, contact us at Roth Heating & Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical.