Spring Plumbing Tips

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Spring arrival brings the risk of basement flooding!

The arrival of spring brings a refreshing emergence from the long, cold winter. Many homeowners breathe a sigh of relief—the risk of icy steps, frozen pipes, and other wintertime hazards are over. However, spring brings a few hazards of its own. One of the biggest potential springtime problems is the basement flooding.

What Causes Basement Flooding

When the ground around your basement grows cold and freezes, it contracts. As the spring thaw comes, the ground expands again. This expanding movement can push against walls, shifting and cracking them. Additionally, water that runs down between the ground and the basement during the winter freezes and expands, also pressuring the walls and often cracking them.

In the spring, rainwater and melting snow run-off can seep through those cracks and cause water damage to the walls, carpets, and anything within its reach. Lethbridge plumbers often see a spike in basement flooding during the spring, when heavy rains find these cracks, enlarge them through erosion, and leak into basements.

Flooding in the basement can also be caused by broken gutters or blocked drains and sewage pipes. When the water doesn't have a path to follow or that path is blocked, it either pools or flows back the way it came. This can lead to more seepage through the ground and basement walls, or back-ups in the pipe which damage the pipes and create more leaks.

What To Do

To prevent flooding, you can do visual checks during the winter months and through the changing of the seasons to see if any cracks are forming. These can be sealed with caulk or another similar substance. Some cracks may be too small to be seen. Check gutters and test drains and toilets for tell-tale signs of blocked or frozen pipes. Professional Lethbridge plumbers will be happy to assist you in taking prevention steps to stop your basement from flooding.