It used to be that gaining access to your underground plumbing system was a nightmare. Now, with trenchless options for repair and replacement of various elements of an underground plumbing system, it is much easier.
However, no one wants to have an issue with their plumbing system that is severe enough that they need a repair or replacement below ground. This is especially true now that we are moving into the winter months. During the cold weather season any kind of major plumbing issue is compounded ten fold.
The key is knowing what might happen, and preparing to avoid it. Here are some of the more common plumbing issues that require access to your underground plumbing system:
- Now is a good time of year to have your sewer pipes inspect for tree roots. When the weather gets colder the trees on your property will begin to lose their leaves, slow their growth, and reserve energy. However, the root system of a tree never stops hunting for water and nutrients. Which is exactly what your sewer lines are full of – water and nutrients. A tree’s root system will quickly destroy your sewer lines and cause major headache for you, unless they are caught in advance.
- Any plumbing fixtures or fittings that you have installed outside of your home should be thoroughly insulated and protected in the coming weeks – before the cold weather arrives. One garden hose that is left connected and then freezes will cause damage up the line that could leave several pipes broken and leaking both inside of the home and under the ground.
- When the dirt that your underground plumbing system is buried in shifts due to being water logged, the pipes of the plumbing system will sag, shift, and come loose. All of this will lead to leaks and even cross-contamination as dirty water will not be able to fight the gravity of a sagging line and could infiltrate a clean water line. Make sure that your landscaping is configured for maximum drainage.
Now is the perfect time of year to do what needs to be done to avoid any of these situations. Unhook outdoor garden hoses, insulate outdoor fixtures and hose bibs, dig a drainage trench and clean out your rain gutters so that the water can readily divert from your property. It sounds like a lot of work but, having a major plumbing breakdown during the winter is a lot more work.