Spring is known for its green grasses, blooming flowers, and chirping birds. But what many people don’t realize is that their plumbing systems took a beating during the winter cold. These issues can carry over into the new months. With that in mind, if you’re a homeowner who is unsure how to deal with this seasonal change, read these tips for preparing your plumbing for spring. You’ll keep your water fixtures working efficiently and you’ll avoid some serious issues.
Check for Leaks
Exposed and leaky pipes lead to cracks, discoloration, and mold which can ruin your home and plumbing system. Leaks can, ultimately, happen anywhere your pipes reside. Inspect these areas and water fixtures for dripping water, sounds of running water, and pooling water on the ground’s surface. All these are indications of leaking pipes.
Check the Faucets
Be sure to check your faucets for low water pressure. To test this, run your indoor and outdoor faucets on the hot and cold settings. Low water pressure may indicate a leak that will require professional service. This can affect some of the most used appliances in your home, like the dishwasher, sink, toilet, shower, bathtub, washing machine, and hose. Pressure regulators, clogged pipes, and cored plumbing may all cause this issue. Check around the house for any of these problems.
Flush the Water Heater
Flushing your water heater will remove any mineral buildup, such as sediment and lime. A clogged water heater will not work as efficiently as before, and mineral buildup that flows through your water lines can ruin your clothes and dishes. Not to mention, your water heater can burst and flood. Therefore, you should service your water heater every six months or so to clear it of buildup and reduce any risks of bursts or leaks.
Look for Damage
You should also check for seasonal damage. Yuba City can receive a lot of rain during the winter months, and this can affect your plumbing service. Heavy rainfalls can increase pressure and damage your pipes as well as expose the pipes to environmental conditions, such as mud and wind. It’s a good idea to check for cracks, leaks, and damaged pipes around your home as the weather warms up.
Do Some Yard Work
With increasing temperatures, you can use this time to get ahead on yard work as well. This actually plays a role in your plumbing system. For instance, your downspouts release collected rainwater near your foundation. Excess rainwater too close to your foundation can cause flooding and water damage. This can further clog your storm drains and sewer lines. Make sure you avoid this with the right yard work and preventative maintenance.
If you see any problems with your plumbing system, call us at Fletcher’s Plumbing & Contracting Inc. We specialize in residential plumbing in the Yuba City area. Contact us if you face pipe blockages, insufficient water pressure, faulty water heaters, leaking pipes, or any other plumbing issues.