When you live in central Wisconsin, you know to watch your household plumbing very carefully throughout winter. Frozen pipes, burst pipes, flooding, and plenty of other issues aren’t uncommon when temperatures dip below freezing and stay there. But what you may not know is that spring can also be problematic for your plumbing — just in different ways.

In this blog, the pros at Steve’s Plumbing & Heating share some of the most common springtime plumbing problems every homeowner should keep an eye out for.

Pipe Obstructions

As trees leave their dormant winter stage, their roots start growing again, which means spring and summer are prime times for root-based main line blockages. Should your drains start moving super slow or back up when you flush a toilet, call a plumber immediately. If there is a root intrusion and it’s severe, you may need trenchless sewer repair.

If you have large trees near your main line, keep an eye out for these other signs that indicate the need for sewer repair

Clogged Outdoor Drains

Homeowners with outdoor drains often deal with blockages in spring caused by large amounts of outdoor debris. Typically, this issue pops up on properties where owners failed to clean up fallen leaves, sticks, and other yard waste before heavy winter snows blanketed the ground.

If you have outdoor drains and didn’t do a thorough property cleanup before winter, inspect those drains when the weather allows. If you find considerable debris inside them, do your best to clean them out as promptly as possible.

If you allow the debris to sit in there, it can form a major blockage. Eventually, water won’t be able to flow through the drain, so it will disperse elsewhere on your property. Ultimately, you could deal with flooding if the season is particularly rainy.

Sump Pump Problems

Spring is rainy season in central Wisconsin, which means your sump pump should be fully functional and ready to handle whatever Mother Nature throws at it. But for many homeowners, that’s not the case.

Plenty of people totally forget to periodically test their sump pumps for functionality, and since they see little, if any, use throughout winter, it’s all too easy to forget about this oh-so-essential apparatus. But if you do, you could be setting yourself up for a water damage disaster.

To avoid sump pump issues this spring, make sure you test your sump pump and inspect it for damage or deterioration. If you notice anything’s amiss, have a plumber come take a look at it.

Slow Drainage

Although slow drains can happen during any season, they’re quite common during spring. People stay inside their homes all winter, have guests, celebrate holidays, cook rich meals, and with all that household activity, the plumbing system gets plenty of use.

With all that use, foods, oils, and other foreign objects undoubtedly find their way into drains all over the house. Those substances build up throughout winter and ultimately, the buildup can grow so bad that it obstructs water flow through the drainage system by springtime.

If you notice your drains are moving slower than usual, it may be time to schedule a drain cleaning appointment. A camera drain inspection can reveal the source of the problem and a professional drain cleaner can eliminate it rapidly. Plus, a pro can give you tips to help you maintain free-flowing drains all year long.

If you deal with slow drainage regularly, make sure you’re not putting these things down your drains!

Need a Plumber in Wisconsin Rapids?

If your household plumbing system is acting up, don’t hesitate to call our team at Steve’s Plumbing & Heating. We serve Wausau, Stevens Point, Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids, and the surrounding areas, and our licensed plumbers have over 85 years of combined experience. Give us a call today at 715-421-1800, send us a message, or request an estimate to get started or learn about how we can help you.