Spring is the time of year when many homeowners perform maintenance chores. During the winter, your plumbing system battles freezing weather, flooding or other seasonal hazards. Hopefully your plumbing survived the winter intact. As they say, it is better safe than sorry.
Spring is the perfect time for “spring cleaning” for your plumbing. Spending the time and money now, may save your property from water damage.
Use this list to guide you as you consider your entire plumbing system. Be sure to take pictures and make notes so it is easier to share your observations with your plumber.
Spring Plumbing Maintenance Checklist
Test Your Faucets
Take a moment to turn on each water faucet. Test both the hot and cold water. Ask yourself:
- How does your water run? Air bubbles hint to blockage or an interrupted water flow.
- How is the water pressure? Low pressure may indicate a leak somewhere else in your water line.
Check Your Drains
Please don’t ignore stalled or clogged drains! If you have any, be sure to unclog them. If the clog is unresponsive to your efforts, contact a plumber immediately. Clogged drains can lead to nasty backflow or even flooding.
Check Any Exposed Pipes
Look for signs of leaks or other damage. Be sure to inspect the area surrounding each plumbing pipe for signs of excess moisture (possibly caused by leaks).
Perform Seasonal Water Heater Maintenance
Ask your plumber to flush your water heater to get rid of sediment or mineral build up. Ask about whether your heater is efficient and up-to-date. Plan to replace your water heater as recommended since this expense is an investment into efficient and well-functioning plumbing.
Maintain Your Sump Pump
A working sump pump prevents water damage to your home’s foundation. Ensure it is functioning well. Contact your plumber if you have any concerns.
Check Your Toilet
Check your toilet for signs of leaks, hairline fractures, inefficiencies and other problems. One easy way to check your toilet tank for leaks is to add a couple drops of green food coloring to the tank. You should not see any of the green color in the toilet bowl.
Check Your Showers And Bathtub
Check your shower and tub for leaks, blockage, fractures, and low water pressure. This step is much like the other steps mentioned, but please don’t overlook these major plumbing appliances.
Check Your Washing Machine And Dishwasher
Check any other water intensive appliances for leaks, efficiency, or damage. Damage to these big-ticket appliances can cause damage to your home.
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When it comes to your household plumbing, “don’t try this at home!” Always call a licensed, professional plumber for the more advanced maintenance tasks and for any repairs. Maintaining your plumbing is a little like preventative medicine. A periodic checkup and treatment by a skilled professional saves you from costly damage later.
We hope you find our guide to spring plumbing maintenance helpful. If you notice any problems, don’t hesitate to call your plumber during any season!
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