While spring may be better associated with dusters and windex than leaks and pipes, this is one of the best times of year to make sure your plumbing is in top shape. We’re finally getting some warm days, and that means most people are beginning to feel a bit of cabin fever from being cooped up all winter. Put that pent up energy to good use by checking for leaks and making sure all of your pipes are in good condition.
Faucets Inside the Home and Out.
The typical leaky faucet is pretty easy to spot, but sometimes a leak is very slow. Place a cup or bowl beneath each of your faucets, if water has accumulated in the dish by the end of the day, there’s a leak! The best thing about catching a leak at this stage, is it’s usually a quick and easy fix, and by repairing any problems while they’re small, you reduce the risk of damage. Once spring has arrived for real (usually after May Long), turn on your outside water and check the faucets around your yard for leaks as well.
Search for Leaks.
While a leaky faucet is unlikely to lead to water damage in your home, not all leaks are so benign. As you spend your spring-cleaning weekend organizing every nook and cranny, remember to check for dampness, mildew smells, and signs of water damage. Common places to find leaks are under the sink, beside bathtubs, and near appliances like washing machine and dishwashers.
Clean your Drains.
We often have clients asking us about slow draining tubs and showers. The problem usually lies in a plug of hair and soap scum that’s clogging up the pipes. Cleaning your drains takes a little work, but it’s not difficult and shouldn’t need to be done more than twice a year. Spring cleaning is a good excuse to get this messy chore done.
Plumbing needs regular maintenance to stay in good condition. It’s important to be proactive to reduce your risk for leaks and water damage. The Plumbing Paramedics can help! Call us today to schedule your annual plumbing check-up and maintenance.