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Plumbing Problems You Need to Watch Out for This Fall

Fall is officially here! There are so many things to love about the fall season – the bright, colourful leaves, the crisp, fresh air that makes Sydney’s coastal walk more enjoyable. However, nothing can spoil a beautiful fall day, quite like issues with your plumbing. Good thing there are things you can do to be one step ahead of any possible fall plumbing issues to happen in your home. Here’s a list you need to watch out for this season and what you need to do.


Water Heater Breakdown

The start of the frigid season is the best time to get your water heater inspected by a professional plumber. As the temperature drops, the water flowing in your heater becomes colder, forcing it to work double-time than it does with lukewarm water. This situation will, in turn, increase the chances of your water heater failing. You would not want to spend the coming cold days without hot water on your property, don’t you? Prevent this by calling a professional plumber to freeze-proof your pipes with insulation. Remember that avoiding this problem will cost you less than fixing it or installing a new heater.

Frozen and Burst Pipes

With leaves falling and temperatures dropping, it’s no surprise that your pipes will also freeze. Remember, your pipes are at risk for freezing whenever the temperature drops below freezing point. When this happens, your pipes expand, causing them to burst or leak. If you live in a cold area, don’t let the first deep frost of fall cause issues with your pipes! Consider having a pipe professional insulate your pipes, especially those exposed. A burst pipe can spell disaster in your home, not to mention the water damage that can lead to thousands in repair costs.

In addition, to freeze-proofing your pipe, you can also get a professional to locate vulnerable sections of the pipeline. Plumbing companies that offer Sydney relining solutions can install a sectional patch in the weak area to ensure it can hold up with the strain caused by ice.

However, if you experience frozen or burst pipes, make sure you know where to locate the main water shut-off valve, so you don’t end up with a flood in your home.

Blocked Drainage

In Fall, leaves may blow right into your drains and wreak havoc on your drainage system by creating a clog. A blockage in your drainage system causes single to multiple drain problems. Get in the habit of clearing your yard from fallen leaves and other yard debris. During this season, wind, rain and even traffic can easily push this debris right into the drain and interrupt how your plumbing operates. Work with a plumber to clear away leaves from your pipes and install a drain cover that effectively keeps debris out. Unfortunately, no drain covers fit for all, but a plumbing professional will be able to measure and install an exact match. It’s also a perfect time to get the plumbers to inspect the current condition of your pipe. Other than leaves, your pipe also collects waste and grease, which hardens as the temperature begins to drop, causing more clumps of clogs to develop. Clogs that are not cleared away can escalate into a leaking situation at home.

Tree Root Intrusion

The fall months can bring rain to many parts of Australia, and this is also when tree roots put a spurt of growth on to prepare for long winter hibernation. That means that if there are trees near your home, your drainage and sewer lines may be at risk of root intrusion, which always leaves homeowners with a host of issues like pipe leaks and breaks and repair expenses. Experts say that roots can grow through rocks. It only stands to reason that a tree planted in the wrong place can wreak havoc on man-made structures. Your drainage and sewer system is no exemption. When roots invade your sewer system, they can also find their way into your water supply line and makes everything stop working altogether. It is because there’s no way for the water to go in and out of your property.

What Do You Need to Do?

There are plenty of things you can do to avoid plumbing problems in Fall, such as replacing vulnerable pipes, signing up for plumbing maintenance and getting sewer line inspections. However, if you suspect you already have a plumbing problem at hand. In that case, it’s essential to call a pipe relining company to get a first-hand look at the problem and fix it while the cost to repair or the pipe relining cost is still cheaper than when you get the problem sorted later.

Pipe relining Sydney professionals uses a specialised pipe camera that can run through your water to find out if there are damages in your pipeline. Once the problem is determined, they will be able to provide you with solutions such as pipeline relining, sewer pipe relining, drain pipe relining, cast iron pipe relining, trenchless sewer relining, all of which can bring your pipelines back to full capacity and 2x stronger.