As the calendar turns towards warmer days ahead, you'll likely be feeling giddy at the prospect of putting your winter clothes back into storage. But with spring's arrival also come some responsibilities as a homeowner. The winter season can wreck havoc on your plumbing system, and the first days of spring are the perfect time to take stock of the situation. Here are three tips to help you ensure your plumbing system is working as it should this spring and for many seasons to come.
This Is the Time to Check for Leaks
The cold weather of winter can cause problems throughout your plumbing, perhaps even in some spots you haven't noticed yet. Spring is the perfect time to check all of your faucets for leaks and drips. You can also check your toilet for a hidden leak by dropping a bit of food coloring into the tank. If the different color shows up in the bowl within a half hour or so, you have a leak to take care of. Finally, don't forget to check exposed pipes under sinks or in the basement for additional problems.
Clean the Drains, Inside and Out
Spring usually brings rain with it, which means you should be checking up on any draining systems around your home. Ensure that all drains are clear of any debris that might have stacked up over the course of the long winter. While you are checking the drains, don't forget the ones inside your house. This is a great time to remove any hair, soap, or other debris from your shower drain or anywhere else where a problem might be forming. Consider installing strainers on all indoor drains to prevent problems in the future.
Flush the Water Heater
Spring is the perfect time to put your water heater through its paces and make sure everything is operating smoothly. Start by flushing out several gallons of water to remove any sediment that built up over the winter. Too much sediment can cause corrosion and shorten the life of the heater. If you don't feel comfortable doing this, reach out to a local plumbing service company for assistance.
Spring is an exciting time of year for many, but it's also the best time of year to take stock of the current condition of your plumbing system. Carefully check potential problem areas for leaks and ensure that all drains inside and outside of the house are free of debris and ready to do their job. For best results, hire a local plumber to for a full home inspection every spring.