The springtime rise in temperatures can put a lot of stress on your home's plumbing system if you're not careful. Fortunately, there are a lot of things you can do with your home's plumbing fixtures to avoid issues.
The following are six important plumbing maintenance tips you should keep up on if you want to be sure that your plumbing fixtures will not experience warm weather malfunctions in the coming months:
Inspect water supply valves for rust
Rusted water supply valves for your sinks and water closets can develop rust over the winter. You should inspect them as temperatures warm up. These valves may be more heavily relied upon as temperatures warm up. Any malfunctions caused by rust could allow for water damage in your home.
Inspect valves and replace them as necessary to avoid issues.
Attend to leaky faucets
Freeze-thaw damage to plumbing fixtures could potentially lead to leaky faucets. Leaky faucets can increase your utility bills while also increasing the chances that you'll experience plumbing malfunctions in your home.
Look out for and attend to leaky faucets to avoid cumbersome plumbing problems in the spring months.
Put drain strainers in place to avoid clogs
You may be relying on your drains more heavily in the spring months because you may be cooking more in your kitchen and cleaning more things in your sink. If you don't have a garbage disposal, use drain strainers to avoid drain clogs when you're using your drains more heavily in the spring months.
Make sure your hose bib is not leaking
During the winter months, frozen water can become trapped beneath hose bibs. It's a good idea to prevent issues arising from frozen water beneath hose bibs by inspecting for leaks and splits and attending to them promptly to avoid water loss.
Test your sump pump
Basement flooding after snowmelt if particularly common in the spring months. Your sump pump is more important than ever during the spring if you live in an area where snow has occurred during the past winter.
You might want to test your sump pump before the sulk of the snowmelt water comes to avoid flooding issues and the resulting water damage.
Clean sediments out of your water heater
Water heaters tend to experience especially heavy use during the winter months. Sediment buildup in your water heater can create functionality issues.
It's a good idea to drain your water heater before spring comes to get rid of sediment that can create close and contribute to hard water issues in your home.
Contact a full service plumbing contractor in your area for more tips.