A Sewer Backup: Common Winter Plumbing and Sewer Problems #1To be quite honest, the most common winter plumbing problems in Northern California are with the sewers. Now, I’m not talking about the municipal sewer set that’s handled and taken care of by your city (although those can backup sometimes, too). No, I’m talking here about the sewers and mainline for your individual house. We’ve talked about this a good deal in the past, but the climate here in Northern California is such that we have hot and dry summers and cool and rainy winters. During those rainy winters, so much water can fall that the sewers for your individual home get backed up. When that happens, it can lead to sewage flowing back up into your tub, your toilet, and other fixtures. Trust this professional plumber who’s seen it all, nobody wants that.
Plumbing and sewer repair is always easier when it’s not an emergency situation.If you’ve had problems of this nature in the past, or if you’ve noticed things like slow-draining sinks or toilets, I highly recommend calling a plumbing company out now to evaluate the situation before the rain comes and makes it worse. Plumbing and sewer repair is always easier when it’s not an emergency situation.
Ruptured Pipes: Common Winter Plumbing and Sewer Problems #2Another common winter plumbing and sewer problem for homeowners is suffering a ruptured pipe. The ground in Northern California is hard for much of the year when it doesn’t rain; when the ground is hard, things like large rocks and roots are locked into place. When a sudden deluge of rain falls, though, the ground gets much softer. Those same large objects under the ground can then shift, sometimes slamming into your pipes and causing them to rupture.
If you notice high water bills or soggy grass, call out a professional plumbing contractor ASAP.This, for many obvious reasons, isn’t good. It’s especially problematic because it happens under the ground where you can’t see it. I’ve known homeowners to call because they notice their water bill creeping higher and higher, or their backyard turning soggy in places. These are both indicators that the rainy Northern California winter may have led to a ruptured pipe. If you notice high water bills or soggy grass, call out a professional plumbing contractor ASAP.