Spring Plumbing Hints and Tips

Spring is finally here and we're sure that you've been itching all winter long to get some work on your home done. While you might have your sights set on getting rid of old clothes or other clutter this spring, we recommend spending a little time getting your plumbing in shape this spring also. With a little effort now you can make sure that your plumbing will be in top shape all summer.

Inspect your Sprinkler Pipes for Leaks and Breakages

It's easy for the water in your sprinkler lines to freeze and break the pipes over winter. Make sure to check them for leaks and breakages when you fire them up for the first time this season.

Check the Thermostat on your Water Heater

If you turned your water heater up over winter to account for the weather make sure to turn it back down in the spring. It is recommended to keep your water heater at 120 degrees F to avoid scalding yourself, save energy, and get the longest life out of your water heater. If you're unit is over 10 years old it could be a good idea to have your water heater replaced while the weather is still nice. New water heaters are far more efficient than older ones and will be able to keep up with your needs much easier.

Flush the Sediment out of your Water Heater

Sediment collects at the bottom of your water heater which will reduce efficiency. Make sure to drain your water heater once a year to avoid sediment buildup and extend the life of your water heater.

Check Water Lines Underneath your Sinks

Even a minor leak can waste a lot of water over the course of the year. Take advantage of the nice weather, wedge yourself under that sink, and get those leaks fixed. It'll be a lot less uncomfortable if you do it now rather than in the full heat of July when that leak gets worse and starts dumping water.

Schedule a Video Camera Inspection of your Pipes

If your drains are moving slower than they used to make sure to schedule a professional drain inspection before your end up with a serious blockage. A professional inspection can find leaks and root invasions before they become serious issues later on. Make sure to inspect the path that your sewer line takes to the street and look for muddy areas or places where the grass is growing faster than other areas as these could be signs that your sewer line is leaking.
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