2021 Spring Plumbing Tips
The spring sun is out and it’s shining so bright! It’s a good time to check the plumbing of your home after a long and cold winter, to avoid problems.
Although we may still be a few months away from the official start of spring, the ice is starting to melt and the rain will soon be back in full force. Problems may arise when the ground starts to thaw. So, how can you spring up your pipes? Here are our top 5 plumbing tips for spring.
Perform A Water Heater Check-Up
Check for signs of corrosion and leakage. Check around the control panel for puddles, rust or soot. If you see signs of these, call us. Make sure that the temperature of your water heater does not exceed 125 ° F to avoid scalding and to reduce unnecessary use of energy.
Test Your Sump Pump
With heavy spring rain, it’s important to inspect your sump pump to make sure it works smoothly. The installation of a sump pump on your property will prevent flooding and destruction – as long as it works properly. Pour a few buckets of water into the sump pit, to test your sump pump. If the system is working well, it should turn on shortly after pouring the water in. Then, it will discharge the water and shut off itself. If that doesn’t happen, the system might not be working properly. Have a qualified sump pump technician inspect your sump pump and carry out repairs as needed.
Clean Your Drains, Downspouts, And Gutter
The drains, downspouts and gutters at your yard accumulate most debris from heavy rainfall and snow during the fall and winter months. Regular cleaning is necessary to avoid overflow and water damage. Either clean it yourself, or you can hire a professional drain cleaning company to take care of it.
Watch For Leaks
Outdoor pipes can easily freeze and break over the winter. When outside temperatures thaw, look out for signs of water leakage from your outdoor pipes. Upon turning on your hose or other faucets for the first time, and if you find a water leak in your house, this could be a sign that one of your pipes froze and broke over the winter.
Inspect Your Water Valves
Once a year, turn off your home’s water valves and turn them on again just to prevent the parts from being stuck.
For more tips, or if you have any questions, call Shaul’s at 778-397-4850 to schedule an appointment with us.