3 Most Common Outdoor Plumbing Problems

Did you know that much of your home’s plumbing is actually located outdoors? That’s right. The reason for that is that your potable water comes from the municipal supply outside your property, and waste water flows back towards the municipal cleaning facilities. Another good reason for keeping most of the plumbing outdoors, is to keep your home neat, without unsightly plumbing connections all over the place. Unfortunately, the outdoors environment and cold winters can take a toll on your outdoor plumbing.

While there are several different types of outdoor plumbing, one thing applies: without proper care, your plumbing is likely to cause problems. Here’s what you should look out for:

Clogged Pipes
Frozen Pipes
Corroded Galvanized Pipes

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Clogged Pipes

clogged-pipesOne of the most common outdoor plumbing problems, is clogged pipes, and most often, roots in pipes is the most likely cause. Trees near plumbing is a big issue. During spring and summer, roots grow into hairline cracks in the pipes, seeking nutrition and water. Over time, the roots continue to grow thicker, until it clogs up the pipes.

When you have clogged outdoor pipes, it is important to call a plumber who can do a video sewer inspection and get rid of the roots in drains. If you have a problem with roots in drains, it is even more important to avoid introducing oils, grease, debris and heavy paper products into the system.

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Frozen Pipes

frozen-pipeFrozen outdoor pipes is a major issue during the cold Toronto winters. When the temperature drops below freezing, water in the pipes becomes frozen, causing the pipes to expand. It is common for the pipes to crack or burst open. This issue may go unnoticed until spring, when snow and ice starts to melt, causing extensive property damage.

As soon as you notice that a pipe is frozen, it is best to call a professional Toronto plumber right away. Licensed plumbers understand the nature of Toronto plumbing and know how to thaw the pipes while limiting potential problems. That way, you can avoid any nasty surprises come spring.

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Corroded Galvanized Pipes

Corroded-Galvanized-PipesWhile well-maintained, modern plumbing systems that have been installed in the last 25-50 years shouldn’t corrode, there are still many older homes in the Toronto area that were built before 1960. These older homes often still have galvanized iron pipes that were used in their sewer and water mains.

In the past, galvanized iron pipes were the industry standard back then, however, in recent years, copper and PVC piping has replaced it, since galvanized iron corrodes quickly once the zinc coating on the inside wears away.

Corroded galvanized pipes can cause many problems, including serious leaks, lead poisoning and mineral dense water, and should be replaced as a matter of urgency. Sewer water can make its way into your potable water supply, which can be contaminated.

Outdoor plumbing problems can be very problematic if not taken care of quickly. If you suspect that you have outdoor plumbing problems, it is important to call a Toronto plumber right away. Many of the new plumbing techniques enable us to perform maintenance and repairs, as well as new installations without having to dig trenches through your hardscape and landscape. Get in touch with Anta Plumbing today to discuss your outdoor plumbing.

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Written by Tanya Klien

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