Spring is always a time of renewal and refreshment in nature as well as in people’s hearts. It is important in the midst of elevated spirits not to forget about spring home maintenance. Inspecting plumbing at your home should be your number one priority when it comes to spring cleaning. The following simple tips will come in handy and keep your plumbing running smoothly and efficiently throughout the whole year.
- Check for leaks. Unfortunately water leaks are inevitable and unexpected. They can appear in a lot of various places around your home and need to be eliminated asap. Check your indoor and outdoor faucets, toilets, exposed pipes and home appliances for any hidden leaks. If the task is too complicated to do it yourself, call in professional plumbers to check for leaks at your home.
- Test out your sump pump. With the arrival of spring usually excess rainwater appears as well. Be prepared. Try pouring a couple gallons of water into your sump pump. It should turn on, drain the water, and then turn off. If your sump pump doesn’t do that, you might need to fix or replace your sump pump before it is too late.
- Take care of your water heater.
- The first four figures of the serial number on your water heater usually signify the month and year when it was manufactured. If your water heater is over 15 years old, consider replacing it with a more efficient model.
- Set the temperature to 120°F for the spring and summer months. This will prevent scalding and save energy.
- Check your water heater for signs of deterioration, including rusty water, dampness around the base, or a long time of waiting for hot water to run after the tank has been emptied.
- If you have a conventional water heater, drain its tank to flush out sediment build-up that would otherwise cause corrosion of the tank. If you are confident in your DIY skills, you may dare to do this yourself. Otherwise, call a plumber to do it for you.
- Clean outdoor gutters. Gutters are there for a reason and need not to be ignored. Cleaning gutters in time will definitely reduce the occurrence of water problems such as basement or roof leaks.
- Check outside water fixtures – faucets, sprinkler lines and others. Most likely you haven’t used water outside since fall, so making sure that all the faucets, hoses and spouts work well is necessary.
If any of the mentioned tips seem too daunting to tackle on your own, don’t hesitate to contact our reliable and professional plumbing staff at Brea/Orange County Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning.