Spring Plumbing Tips

With winter over, it's time to prepare your home plumbing for spring! Here's what we recommend you add to your spring cleaning checklist.

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Spring is the time when the flowers start blooming and many homeowners take advantage of the warmer temperatures to clean and make home improvements. Planting new flowers, mowing the lawn, and even power washing your home are some of the activities on a homeowner’s spring cleaning list. It’s also a good time to check up on your home drains. It’s important to inspect your home for clogged drains, leaks, and water damage. Keeping up with basic semi-annual drain check-ups can help maintain your home throughout the year and prevent expensive repairs.

While you are turning down the thermostat in your home, check your water heater for signs of corrosion and leaks. Taking an extra twenty minutes to check the following home fixtures can save you tons of money.

Check for Water Outside

During the winter, outdoor pipes, including sprinklers and faucets, can easily freeze and break when temperatures drop below freezing. When the weather has warmed up, inspect your pipes for signs of water leaks. If you notice puddles of water, or leaks, near sprinklers, or turn on your hose and water pressure is low, these could be signs that one of your pipes froze and broke over the winter.

Water Valve Maintenance

Once a year, turn off the water valves in your home then turn them back on to prevent corrosion or to avoid sticky-ness. Over time, water shutoffs can be hard to turn if parts are not turned at least once a year.

Water Heater Check-Up

During the wintertime, you may have increased the temperature of your water heater. Check the water heater temperature; it should be set no higher than 120 degrees to prevent scalding and reduce energy use. Drain your water heater carefully to flush out sediments from corrosion, increase its heating efficiency, and expand its life expectancy. If your water heater is ten years or older, call your local plumber and consider changing it for a higher-efficiency option.

Test Toilets for Leaks

As one of the most used water fixtures in your home, testing your toilet for leaks will prevent a lot of headaches and dollars down the drain. You can test your toilet for leaks by putting food coloring into the tank of your toilet. If the water in the toilet bowl turns the color of the food dye within thirty minutes, this is a sign you have a leak in your toilet.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Autumn and winter may be over, but the remnants of pine needles, leaves, and other debris can be blocking your gutters and downspouts. By cleaning your gutter with a plumber’s auger, you can clear out your home’s downspouts. This will prevent flooding and water damage during spring and summer showers.

If you need help or a second opinion on any of the tips mentioned, call your locally owned and operated Aloha Sewer, Plumbing, & Drains to assist with any plumbing repairs, water heater installations, broken pipes, or backed-up sewer drains.

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