Spring Plumbing Tips That Can Save You Time & Money
Spring isn’t just a great time for cleaning house. After a long, cold winter, it’s a good time to inspect your home’s plumbing to help prevent or minimize problems. Because sooner or later, plumbing problems are inevitable, so why not keep them at bay for as long as possible!
- Detecting slow water leaks. Read your water meter just before bedtime and don’t use any water overnight. First thing in the morning, take another meter reading. If it changed at all, chances are water is leaking somewhere. The sooner you find out where or call or call a plumber, the less damage it can cause.
- Test your sump pump. Pour a couple buckets of water into the sump pit and then turn the pump on. If it doesn’t drain the water quickly and efficiently, it may need to be serviced, repaired, or replaced. But better now than before the next big rainstorm.
- Inspect outdoor drains, downspouts, and gutters. Water drainage systems often get clogged and backed up with debris. Clear them out to keep rainwater flowing away from your home, instead of pooling on your roof or around your home’s foundation.
- Outdoor spigots or faucets. Make sure the water flows freely from the spout. If it drips or you notice some leaking inside your home while the faucet’s on, that’s a problem you’ll want to get fixed right away.
- Inspect your toilet. Check the bowl and tank for leaks or cracks. To find out if your tank is leaking, or example, pour of few drops of food coloring into the tank, and wait about 30 minutes before flushing. Later, if the water in your tank is tinted that same color, your tank indeed is leaking.
- Take precautions against floods. Installing flood alarms or a back-up sump pump is smart protection against summer storms, especially if you live in a flood-prone area.
- Inspect your water heater. If your storage tank water heater is at least three years old and still hasn’t been professionally inspected, spring is a great time to drain the tank to get rid of built-up sediment. Over time, mineral-rich sediment can corrode the inside of your tank and cause leaks and other internal damage.
For the ultimate in preventative maintenance, we invite you to contact Clog Masters today to request our whole-house plumbing inspection service. It’s a great way to pre-empt plumbing repairs, extend the life of fixtures and systems alike, and provide added safety for your home and family.