Home maintenance is a continual task. Even though preparing your plumbing
for the next season may be one of the last things on your mind, it can
save you from costly repairs and damage in the future. We've highlighted
some of the main tasks to have in mind as you get back to enjoying the
sunny days and warmer weather.
1. Check your faucets. Check inside and outside to make sure all faucets
function normally. Turn on hot and cold lines one at a time and listen.
Air in the line may be normal if it settles out after a few minutes of
running. Low water pressure can mean you have a leak somewhere in the
line and may need to call a professional.
2. Check exposed pipes. Cracked pipes from winter weather can lead to house
damage. Inspect the pipes and keep an eye out for any unusually green,
moldy, damp, or mossy areas near pipes. The excessive growth may indicate a leak.
3. Check your toilet for leaks/efficiency. Grab some food coloring from
the pantry and add a few drops to the water tank. If you start to see
the food coloring in the bowl after several minutes, you have a leak.
The flapper will need to be replaced. Do this for all toilets, even if
they are new. For
toilet repair, call Eco Plumbers!
4. Get started on yard work. Make sure your downspouts are placed away
from your foundation and that your storm drains are clear. Get rid of
as much buildup and debris as possible, since future rains can lead to
routine clogs and the potential for flooding.
5. Flush your
water heater. Drain the tank to remove mineral deposits and sediment buildup. If you
moved the temperature gauge for hotter water in the winter, bring it back
down to 120 degrees to save energy and prevent scalding accidents. Consider
replacing an old heater with a
tankless water heater.
6. Check out your septic system. If your home uses a septic tank, walk
around the area where the tank is stored. Any water puddles or wet spots
are suspicious and should be evaluated by a professional plumber.
7. Test your
sump pump. Locate the pump and pour water into the pit. Watch for the pump to run
its full cycle. If it fails to turn on or drain the water, you'll
need to contact a professional plumber. The sump pump is integral to the
protection of your home's foundation, and an improperly working pump
can lead to expensive water damage and repair costs.
If you notice anything suspicious or see any warning signs listed above, contact
Eco Plumbers for an inspection. In addition to repairs, we can also help you determine
better ways to save money throughout the spring and summer season by installing
water conserving fixtures and green technology.