7 Plumbing Tips and Best Practices for Springtime

Warm, temperate weather creates the ideal environment for home maintenance. Whether you are looking forward to an upcoming renovation or you simply want to ensure that your place doesn’t flood during those spring showers, it’s smart to add plumbing maintenance onto your to-do list. Inspecting and testing your water heaters, sump pumps, faucets, plumbing appliances, gutters, and downspouts could help you to avoid issues like indoor flooding or mold and mildew growth. Follow these plumbing tips to make your home even better this spring.

1. Check and Test Your Sump Pump

Springtime showers may pave the way for May flowers in Indianapolis, but unfortunately, all of that extra water could end up in your home, especially if you have a basement or crawlspace. Lower-lying rooms are prone to water accumulation, so many Indiana residents rely on sump pumps to prevent floods and water damage. Here are a few ways to make sure your sump pump is working properly now and up to the task of draining away water later.

  1. Activate your sump pump every month to make sure your system is working properly. To do this, you will need to raise the float switch by pouring a bucket of water or two into the sump pit. Never run the pump dry, since it could introduce air into the line that prevents drainage later. If your sump pump does not turn on when you pour water into the pit, check to make sure it is plugged in and that the breaker isn’t tripped. If it seems to be receiving power but still isn’t working, call for plumbing repairs.
  2. Remove any leaves or other debris that have fallen into the sump pit or that are blocking the discharge line.
  3. Test your battery backup sump pump to make sure it also works correctly should your power go out or water levels become too much for the primary sump pump to handle.

2. Check Your Water Heater for Corrosion

Water and oxygen can work together to cause rust that can corrode metal. Unfortunately, since water heaters store water, they are particularly prone to rust damage and could develop leaks over time. In the spring, check your water heater tanks thoroughly for corrosion. Inspect the entire exterior visible surface for rust or inconsistencies in the metal and pay close attention to the bottom of the tank. If you find problems, reach out to a plumber right away to evaluate the depth of the problem.

3. Tidy up Those Gutters

When gutters don’t drain properly, water can pool underneath roofing shingles or puddle around your home, causing ground flooding. In the spring, check your gutters for debris like roofing aggregates, dead leaves, twigs, and foreign objects. Clean gutters by removing items with gloved hands and spray out the interior of your gutters and downspouts with clean water from a garden hose. Focus on areas where the water slows. To make downspout cleaning easier, use a wet/dry shop vacuum with a long tube attachment.

4. Keep an Eye out for Outdoor Leaks

Prevent marshy landscaping and indoor water damage by watching out for leaking outdoor plumbing fixtures. Check outdoor water spigots for leaks and monitor your sprinkler system during a cycle to look for irregular spray patterns. If you have a broken sprinkler head, the unit could spray water improperly, which could raise your usage and utility costs. Inspect outdoor garden hoses for physical damage to the lines or connectors, so they don’t leak when you use them to water plants.

5. Open and Close Valves

Over time, valves can develop problems opening and closing due to mineral buildup. It’s important to loosen these accumulations periodically by opening and closing the valves in your home. Locate the main water valve along with supplemental valves, and open and close them repeatedly to make sure they are working properly. If you locate a valve that is difficult to open or close, have a plumber inspect, repair, or replace the valve.

6. Watch for Leaks Indoors

Sometimes, leaks can form in places you never suspected, which can drive up your water usage for the month. It’s important to be on the lookout for any signs of water accumulation or damage, so you can order repairs proactively. Here are a few places to check:

  • Washing machine hoses: Over time, washing machine hoses can crack and break. Check hoses for any visible damage and make sure they are appropriately fastened to faucets.

  • Toilet tanks: If your toilet tank breaks, it can develop a leak between the water tank and the bowl. This leak can cause the toilet to fill and flush repeatedly and spontaneously throughout the day, using excess water. To check for leaks, add a few drops of food coloring to the tank and wait 15 minutes. Check to see if any pigment made it inside the bowl. If you can spot dye, there’s a leak that needs professional attention.

7. Request Spring Plumbing Maintenance

Your plumbing system requires routine maintenance just like any other system in your home. Schedule plumbing maintenance as part of your spring cleaning to make sure everything is as it should be. During these visits, plumbers will check for everything from damaged or clogged drains to leaking faucets. Plumbers can also inspect backup plumbing systems and gas lines to make sure everything is working great.

If you want to keep your plumbing in great condition without any hassle, consider a True Comfort Membership Plan. These plans, offered by Mr. Plumber, are designed to provide exceptionally low-cost, ongoing maintenance to keep your home safe, dry, and comfortable. Give us a call today to find out how to become a member.

Let Us Help with Your Plumbing This Spring

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