Spring is a beautiful time of the year for rebirth and regrowth in nature. The birds begin to chirp happily as they bathe out in the last few puddles of winter rain. This peaceful time of the year could feel us rejuvenated as life begins to come back out after the winter and inspire us to get some spring cleaning in, but your home’s plumbing system could also use a little bit of maintenance to prepare for the seasons to come. That’s why our team of specialists at Public Service Plumbers and AC has compiled this list of spring plumbing hints and tips to keep your home’s plumbing system running in tip-top shape all year long.
Clear Out Spouts & Gutters, And Look Out For Outdoor Leaks
You should make sure to clear out your gutter and downspouts after a long fall and winter. They could become clogged up with pine needles, leaves, twigs, and other debris. This should help prevent leaks in your home and potential water damage during those upcoming spring showers.
Your outdoor pipes that are attached to sprinklers and faucets could freeze and break during those cold winter months. After the climate warms up, pipes will begin to thaw, and your pipes could show signs of water leaks. If a water leak does end up revealing itself after you turn on your hose or faucets outside, you will want to address those right away with the help of a professional plumber.
Inspect And Drain Your Water Heater
There could be a chance that you raised the temperature in your water heater during the colder months this past winter. We primarily recommend setting your water heater’s heat to 120 degrees, going any higher than could result in scalding heat.
While checking your temperature, use this opportunity to check your water heater for signs of corrosion and leaks. Check for rust, puddles, or soot around the control panel. If you see any signs of a failing unit, you should contact a plumber right away to come to take a look at it and see if it could be repaired. Remember, water heaters only last around 15 years. So, it may be time to have your unit replaced if it is older than that.
Your water heater could have some sediment build-up sitting at the bottom of your water heater, which reduces the efficiency of your unit. By merely draining your water heater once every year, you could help extend its lifespan.
The entire process should not take you more than an hour or two, but the result of a smoother running unit highlights its benefits. If this process seems like something intimidating, you may always reach out to us, and one of our trusted plumbers could help you drain it today.
Be Sure to Look Under Sinks & Supply Hoses
Check under your sinks and look at the supply hoses that run to your washer, dishwasher, and any other water-using appliances. Some signs that may indicate that you could use the help of a professional plumber include puddles, moisture, rust, or other signs of a water leak.
Turn Your Water Valves
Water valves could become hard to turn over time. At least once a year, take time to turn off the water valves in your home. Also, you should turn them back on just to keep your valves from sticking.
Contact Us Today
Do not hesitate to reach out to our team of skilled plumbers when if you need help completing any of these Spring plumbing tips. We train our plumbing professionals so they’re ready to complete any task they come across. If you want to improve your Spring plumbing this season, you can always call on our award-winning company to get the job done. What are you waiting for? Contact our team of plumbers today.