As the weather warms up in Erie CO, and more time is spent outdoors, now is the best time to perform plumbing maintenance and inspections that you have been putting off all winter. Think of it as a part of your spring maintenance.
These maintenance tasks will protect your home against plumbing problems and ruin the sunny days to come. Plus, performing thorough tests shouldn’t take too much of your time.
Consider these plumbing maintenance tips to help you get your home ready for spring.
Inspect for leaks
Check the sinks in the laundry room, bathroom and kitchen for drips and leaks. You may also want to look around toilets, drains, showers and bathtubs. If left unaddressed, this may lead to water damage and costly repairs. Call a plumber if you notice visible leaks or any damp spots.
Check sump pump
As the days warm up and the threat of winter snowfalls turns to spring showers, your plumbing system is yet to face another set of challenges – snow and heavy rains. Because of these, the threat of basement flooding increases.
To prevent this from happening, it is important to test your sump pump before the spring thaw to make sure that it is primed and ready for some hard work.
While performing your spring plumbing checks, you may also want to take the time and effort to check the areas surrounding your home.
Check your outdoor pipes and faucets. Turn on the faucet to confirm that water can freely flow from them. Also, make sure your gutters and downspouts are free of leaves and other debris.
Drain water heater
Minerals like calcium and magnesium can build up on your water heater over time. This can cause corrosion inside the tank and reduces the heating effectiveness of your water heater. Worse, it may even shorten the lifespan of your water heater. The good news is that you may be able to restore at least some of its vigor by draining your water heater.
Spring is a great time to drain and flush your water heater. This helps gets rid of the sediment from the tank that can cause it to work harder and cost more to use.
If you’re experiencing plumbing problems or you’re worried that you won’t be able to perform spring maintenance on your own, please do not hesitate to call Paradigm Plumbing.