Every fall, homeowners should be winterizing their house and plumbing to prepare it for the winter months and freezing temperatures. When winter finally comes to an end and all that snow and ice begins to thaw, plumbing issues become apparent for homes that weren’t properly winterized. Here’s what you should be doing every spring to ensure your plumbing is in good condition on the outside and inside of your home:
- Check for leaks. Check your sinks, faucets, and toilets for a leak. Look under your sinks for signs of corrosion or moisture. Confirm there is no water dripping out of or around the connections when you shut off your faucets. Add food coloring into the tank of each of your home’s toilets, then wait fifteen minutes and check the water in each toilet bowl. If the water in the bowl is dyed, this means the toilet has a leak.
- Check exterior faucets for drips. Before hooking up your hoses, turn on the exterior faucets and then turn them off again. If the faucets drip after being turned off, this could be a sign of a break in the pipe. In this case, have the plumbing inspected by a plumber.
- Fill unused drains with water. Every drain contains water that forms an air-tight seal. This water prevents sewer gas from rising into the home. In drains that don’t get used very often, the water may evaporate with time, causing a smell to seep into the house. To prevent this from happening, dump water down drains that are not often used, and flush toilets located in unused parts of the home.
- Turn down the temperature on your water heater. Did you turn up your water heater temperature this winter? If so, now is the time to turn the heater back down. 120-degrees is the recommended setting. Leaving your water heater at a higher temperature can cause the heating elements in the water tank to burn out prematurely.
- Clean out the gutters. Gutters have a way of getting clogged over the winter and into the spring, when many birds build their nests in exterior gutters. Clean out your home’s gutters and downspouts. Use a plumber’s auger to clear out clogged downspouts. Spring is also a good time to check plumbing vents for bird nests.
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