Rejoice! 6 spring maintenance tips for your home’s plumbing are here.
Spring is all about new beginnings, which makes it the perfect time to do a thorough inspection of your home’s plumbing to make sure it’s ready for the coming months. Winters can be tough on plumbing, so before it gets warmer, you’ll want to make sure everything (including the kitchen sink!) is working properly.
Below are our six easy ways to get your home’s plumbing ready for spring:
Check for leaks
You’ll want to do a very thorough check for leaks throughout the house – from the kitchen and bathroom to the laundry room and basement. In the kitchen, check around the faucet and under the sink for any signs of water.
In the bathroom, it’s important to look around the base of the toilet, as well as around the sink, faucet, and bathtub. In the laundry room, look around any sinks for water as well, and in the basement look for any puddles of water on the floor or moisture on the walls.
Inspect your outdoor plumbing
This season is also ideal for checking your home’s outdoor plumbing, as well as its downspouts, gutters, and vents. In fact, before you do any gardening or enjoy time in the yard, you’ll want to make sure it’s in top shape.
Start by checking outside drains and pipes, make sure nothing is blocking vents and either clean out the gutters if they’re full of debris or call a roofing professional to do it instead. Look to make sure water flows properly from outdoor faucets and that your hoses are in good shape and ready for the workout they’ll get come summertime.
Inspect the water heater
Check around the base of the water heater for any leaks, look for any corrosion on the water heater’s parts and remove any items that are close to the water heater (for safety measures). It’s also a good idea to turn the water heater down to 115 degrees. This will help you save a little money on energy bills.
Check the sump pump
Spring is a great time of the year to check the sump pump. To do this, all you have to do is pour a bucket of water into the sump pump drain. If the drain doesn’t do its job and move the water immediately, it’s time to call the plumber.
Take a look at the hoses that run to and from your washing machine, dishwasher, and other appliances. If you notice any cracks, bulging, or general wear-and-tear it’s time to replace them. We recommend using stainless steel hoses that last longer and are more durable than rubber hoses.
Schedule plumbing maintenance with Allied Reddi-Rooter
If you’ve performed the above tasks and noticed any plumbing issues like water leaks, cracked hoses, or a slow sump pump, give the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter a call. We’ll address and fix the problem quickly and make sure your home’s plumbing is in top shape and ready to work all year long.