Now that winter has come to an end and the temperatures are on the rise, the plumbing in your home starts to experience new things to be ready for. The branches from trees and new bird nests can cause some minor issues with your home. Sometimes you can get bird nests plugging a plumbing vent on your roof. And rain gutters stacked with leaves or branches can cause some issues. If you don’t feel comfortable getting on your roof to check these please call a professional plumber for assistance. In the daily lives of plumbers getting on roofs is a common occurrence.
Spring Plumbing Tips
- Get your swamp cooler started up by a professional. In order for your swamp cooler to keep you comfortable all summer, it needs to be properly cleaned and started up. Avoid the hassle and have a professional start it up for.
- Check your outdoor faucets to make sure they didn’t freeze over the winter. Turn them on and check for leaks.
- Check sprinkler system for leaks and proper pressure. Start the system and look at all the heads to ensure the water is flowing freely.
- Get leaky faucets fixed, before they become a bigger problem. Spring is a great time to get these fixed and repaired. Sometimes these are easy fixes but many times require a professional plumber because the cartridge in the faucet typically has to be replaced.
- Check your toilets for leaks, its fast and easy to do. Plus, fixing these leaks can save you money on your water bill. All you need is some food coloring, check out our toilet leak video for instructions.
- Flush your water heater. Springtime is a great time to do some basic maintenance on your water heater. First, check the temperature to make sure it’s set to roughly 120 degrees (over 120 can cause burns). Second, it’s a good time to flush the water heater of sediment and mineral buildup. But remember if your water heater is over 4 years old and you’ve never drained or flushed it, you should call a professional for assistance. Flushing your water heater at least once a year can extend the life of the water heater. Also, look at the year it was made, usually the date it was built is hidden in the serial number, the first 4 digits are the month and year it was made. When your water heater is 5 years old or more the anode rod should be replaced. This rod protects the unit from the corrosive nature of water. Replacing this rod is typically done by a professional, call a licensed plumber for replacement.
Keeping up the maintenance of your home can take some time, but in the long run it’s worth the investment. If any of these tasks are beyond your skill set or comfort level, call your local plumber for help.