Ah, warmer weather is reaching Durango. As the days get longer and the air gets warmer most homeowner’s minds will turn to thoughts of spring cleaning. But, did you know that spring plumbing maintenance should also be on your to-do list? At Solid Plumbing, we recommend following these tips to save yourself from costly plumbing repair this spring:
Check for Slow Leaks
A slow leak can quickly become an expensive problem. You can find some genius ways to discover leaks here. Otherwise, here’s an easy way to make sure you don’t have any. Take a reading on your water meter before bed. When you wake the next morning take another. If no water was used overnight, the reading should be the same. If it isn’t you may have a hidden leak.
Check Your Sub Pump
With warmer weather comes melting snow and rising groundwater. Add in those good old April showers and it pays to check that your basement is ready to handle the incoming water. To ensure your system is working properly, pour a bucket of water in the pit to activate the switch. You’ll want to clear the line of any leaves or debris. In addition, using a vinegar mixture through the pump can help eliminate any mold or mildew that may have built up over the winter.
Watch for Leaks from Sprinklers & Outdoor Faucets
Winter can be hard on outdoor pipes and faucets. As soon as spring thaw arrives, keep an eye on your outdoor pipes for signs of water leaks. If you notice a water leak in your home the first time you turn on your hose or other outdoor faucets, this could be a warning sign that one of your pipes broke over the winter.
Check Your Pipes
Do a thorough inspection of any exposed pipes in the basement, under sinks, or outside lines. Make sure they are all free from cracks or damage that could have been caused by freezing. An unnoticed leak in the basement can easily lead to hundreds if not thousands of dollars in damage to your home.
Inspect Your Water Heater
With the colder winter temperatures, you may have turned up the heat on your water heater. As a general rule, professionals recommend keeping your home’s water heater set to 120 degrees. Turning your water heater higher than that can lead to burns and scalding. While you’re turning down the temp, check your water heater for signs of corrosion and leaks. Look for puddles, rust or soot around the control panel. If you see signs of distress, contact Solid Plumbing to get a second opinion.
Drain Sediment From Your Water Heater
Over time, sediment can collect in the bottom of your water heater. When this happens it can reduce the efficiency and life span of the unit. Draining your water heater once a year can extend the life of the appliance. This chore usually takes an hour or two, depending on the water heater and whether or not you’ve done it in the past. If you’re not comfortable draining the water heater yourself, give us a call at Solid Plumbing.
Clean Your Gutters and Down Spouts
After all the long fall and winter months, your gutters and downspouts may be filed with debris. Check to make sure they are free of pine needles, leaves, and twigs. Use a plumbers auger to clear out the downspouts to help prevent leaks and water damage from spring rains.
Check Your Water Pressure
A reminder from the pros at Hutchison, “If you’re experiencing low water pressure, this could be the sign of a water leak. A water leak you don’t see is the one that can cost you the most money. It is best to get it checked out before it does irreversible damage.”
Test for Hidden Toilet Leaks
Place a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the toilet is leaking, the color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes. We recommend avoiding using red though. It might stain your toilet.
Follow these great tips for a season free of plumbing problems. If you find that your busy schedule is too full, give us a call at Solid Plumbing and Heating in Bayfield and we’ll be happy to help!