Do you know how to prep your plumbing for spring? Florida’s extra humid weather is just around the corner and before it arrives, you will want to plan out and begin spring cleaning and maintenance. Part of this maintenance includes a quick check of the plumbing to avoid potential problems in the future. There are a few things you should know before tackling this task. Through following these steps, you can ensure that your plumbing is in proper working condition and fully prepared for spring weather.
Examine the Gutters
Similar to a check that would be done after fall to clear debris lodged in your home’s gutters, check for potential build-up that may have occurred over the winter months. If your gutters are clogged, it will allow water to build up in certain areas of the house, potentially causing leaks. Furthermore, branches and other plants close to the house should be trimmed to prevent any damage.
Check for Water Leaks
During your spring cleaning routine, check toilets and faucets for small leaks and drips. If you are concerned that there is a small leak lurking but cannot detect it, add a few drops of food coloring to the water tank. This will allow you to see a color change in the water and determine if you need to contact a professional to help with repairs. Water leaks also waste perfectly good water and raise your water bill. The American Water Works Association provides an online tool to estimate just how much water you could be saving.
Inspect the Irrigation and Septic System
Many homes use irrigation and septic systems. If this is the case, you want to make sure that they are in working order and replace broken parts. These devices not only protect potable water from contamination, but they are also a huge function of the home. Having to replace an entire system is very expensive. Walk around the area where the tank is stored and search for water puddles or spots.
Test your Sump Pump
A powerful pump works within your home’s plumbing system and quickly expels water from underneath a home. The sump pump should be tested throughout the year. The simplest way to complete this task is to pour a few buckets of water into the pit. If the pump turns on and discharges the water, it is working properly. Furthermore, you will want to ensure that it automatically shuts off when the job is complete. If you doubt your system, install a battery backup in case of a storm. More information about how to test a sump pump and why it is important can be found on our blog.
Flush the Water Heater
Through flushing your water heater, you remove mineral deposits and sediment buildup. Often, the temperature gauge is set to a higher temperature during the cold winter months. If this is the case, bring it back down to 120 degrees for energy saving and prevention of accidental burning. Our water heater service technicians can also help.
Contact Climate Design to Prep Your Plumbing For You
What are you most looking forward to this spring? Warmer weather? Baseball? Easter? Not having to worry about your plumbing system? That’s something we can help with! Contact us today to get on your way to a satisfying spring.