The winter months are wrapping up. If you live in a region that experiences significant rainfall during the spring, now's the time to get your plumbing ready. Torrential rains that are common in some areas of the United States can really wreak havoc on your home. Don't take chances with rain-related plumbing problems. Here are three easy solutions to spring time plumbing problems.
Service Your Septic
You might not know this, but torrential rains can destroy your septic system. Excess water can inundate your septic system, and cause your system to fail – including the seepage field. Now that those spring rains are in the forecast, you need to get on top of the septic maintenance. Flood waters can seep into the ground, causing your septic tank to fill too quickly. If your tank is already full, excess rain water can cause your system to overflow. To protect against that, you should have your septic tank emptied before spring arrives. As part of the service call, you should also have your drains cleaned. A professional cleaning will remove waste debris that could cause clogs, sewage backups, and foul odors.
Check the Drain Covers
If you've got clean-out drains located outside your home, you need to make sure that the covers are on securely before the rains arrive. Those clean-out drains lead right to your septic system. If the covers aren't on securely, rain water can flow through to your septic, causing it to overflow into your yard. Worse yet, the waste inside the tank can back up into your home. To stay on the safe side, inspect your clean-out drain covers before each rain storm. If they're missing, or damaged, replace them as soon as possible.
Inspect the Sump Pump
If you have a basement, you probably have a sump pump installed for drainage. You can avoid flooding problems by having your sump pump inspected and serviced at least once a year. You should also have a plumber come out and inspect your basement drainage system at least once a year – preferably before the start of the rainy season. Your plumber will be able to identify problems with your drainage system that could lead to flood dangers in your home.
If the weather forecast is calling for torrential rainstorms this spring, make sure your plumbing is ready for the deluge. The plumbing repair tips provided here will help get your home ready for the coming rains.