Spring is the time of year when people think of cleaning out the old and starting fresh. Sometimes this is as simple as organizing the garage, or having a yard sale to get rid of all of the stuff that’ been stored in the attic. Other times it means adding a deck to your home or, remodeling a bathroom. In any case, the to-do list for spring is long and at the top of the list should be making sure your plumbing is in top working order.
During the winter weather your plumbing really takes a beating. However, plumbing issues are not always obvious to the naked eye. Instead, they rear their ugly heads during the heavy rains of April. Here are some tips for getting your plumbing ready for spring:
Check to make sure your sump pump is working. During the winter time the area around your sump pump can get filled with debris, which can clog your sump pump and cause serious problems. If your sump pump is not working properly, you run a chance of your basement getting flooding leading to serious water damage
Fix any leaky faucets. A leaking faucet can cause serious water damage to your home before you even know you have a leak. In addition to structural damage, a leaking faucet can cause mold and mildew to grow. Keep an eye out for water stains, puddles, and damp spots around your home.
Low water pressure can mean a hidden leak somewhere in your home. Pay close attention to how your shower and faucets are working. If your water pressure suddenly seems low you might have a leak or a problem with your water heater
Check to make sure that your toilet is working properly. Your toilet is the number one cause for wasted water and an unnecessarily high water bill. Check to make sure the seal around the bottom is not cracked or missing pieces, if your toilet “sweats” frequently then consider installing a toilet tank tray to catch the dripping water, and put a few drops of food coloring in the tank, if it shows up in the toilet bowl in the next 20 to 30 minutes you likely have a toilet bowl leak
The month of April is a time for heavy rains in preparation for the growing season, with all of that extra water it’s important to make sure that your plumbing system is effectively managing the current volume of water. Follow these tips for getting your plumbing in top working order.