Spring is in the air! For many homeowners, spring is time for “spring cleaning” and general maintenance.
Take time to do a comprehensive “spring cleaning” for your plumbing. A little preventative maintenance prevents property damage and expensive losses.
We compiled this list to help you do a spring check-up for your plumbing system. Carry a notebook, smartphone, or clipboard as you check the items on our checklist. Make notes of any abnormalities as this will help your plumber. With something as important as your home’s plumbing, be sure to work with a professional plumber.
The Top Ten Best Ways To Prepare Your Plumbing System For The Spring
Check Your Faucets
Turn on each faucet. Check to see whether the water runs smoothly and with good water pressure. Be sure to test both the hot and cold water. Abnormalities like low water pressure can show a leak or other problem that you need to have fixed.
Watch The Weather
While the weather’s getting warmer, it is still important to watch out for freezing temperatures. Many homeowners don’t realize that pipes can still freeze at 55 degrees.
Check For Exposed Pipes
Looks for damage or signs of leaks. Some signs of damage include dry, cracked pipes. Some signs of leaks may include damp or moldy areas surrounding the pipes. Make notes of anything you notice or take a picture with your smartphone.
Unclog Your Drains
Sometimes homeowners ignore stalled or clogged drains because they see them as a minor inconvenience. However, clogged drains may cause serious problems. Clogged drains mean that water can’t flow out of your home. This may result in a backflow or flood.
Maintain Your Water Heater
Drain your water heater to remove sediment or mineral build up. Sometimes people refer to this as flushing your water heater. Most homeowners prefer to enlist the help of a plumber when they flush their water heater.
Maintain Your Sump Pump
Your sump pump protects your home’s foundation. Be sure to check that it is functioning well and contact your plumber if you have any concerns.
Check Your Toilet For Leaks Or Other Issues
Check all around your toilet for leaks. Make a note of any issues you find. Test your toilet tank. One simple method involves adding a couple of drops of bright food coloring to your tank. If you notice the color in your toilet bowl, then you have a problem.
Check Your Showers And Bathtub
Check for signs of leakage around your tub and shower. Also note any mold (mold isn’t always a sign of leakage, in this case, it may be a ventilation problem). Also, note and drainage blocks as they can lead to a serious problem as described.
Check Any Appliances For Leaks
Check every other appliance for leaks or damage. Be sure to check your sinks, washing machine, dishwashers, and water heater for leaks. Look at the piping and tanks and document any issues you see.
Talk With Your Plumber
Call a licensed professional plumber for all plumbing repairs and maintenance. Some of the more advanced tests or maintenance tasks described also require a plumber. Be sure to share your notes and photographs with your plumber.
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The spring season is an excellent time of year to do an overhaul on your plumbing system. Using the above checklist, be sure to go through and inspect your plumbing system. Check for any leaks or any other noticeable issues that your system might have. It is always important to address any plumbing issues as soon as you notice them. This will reduce the possibility of any issues that you find from escalating into bigger and more expensive ones.
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