How Do I Prepare My Residential Plumbing For Spring?

Apr 8, 2022 | Dayton, Drain, How To, Ohio, Pipes, Plumbing, Sump Pump, Tips & Tricks, Water Heater

Spring has finally arrived, so it’s time to start that spring cleaning checklist. But, as you’re working your way through that list, don’t forget to clean your residential plumbing and prepare it for the spring and summer seasons. Believe it or not, even if the winter weather didn’t cause any harm to your plumbing equipment, the spring can be just as unpredictable and damaging. So, to ensure your equipment is prepared and in shape for the spring season, here are a few tips and tricks provided by our professionals at Five Star Dayton Plumbing that you should inspect before spring hits us full force. 

Have You Looked For Any Winter Damages? 

Because the winter can be so harmful to water appliances, you should inspect for any damages the cold season could’ve brought as soon as possible. In addition, the exterior of your home and the plumbing can get damaged due to the extreme cold, snow, and ice. Ensure that all exposed pipes and equipment did not crack, leak, or develop any broken connections over the winter season. When you leave these problems untreated, bigger issues will arise, so be sure to contact your plumbing contractor right away. 

Why is it Important to Check for Leaks?

Unfortunately, leaks can happen anytime, anywhere, so you should thoroughly check and inspect your water fixtures and pipes. Be sure to look out for water dripping around connections, especially if the water is not running. There are typically a few warning signs that indicate a leak in your home. So if you find water pooling places it should not be or consistently hear water running, it’s time to get in touch with your local plumbing contractors. 

What Should You Lookout For When Inspecting Your My Sump Pump?

Sump pumps work very hard during the winter to ensure your basement doesn’t flood, so it may be time to do some maintenance. To start, fill the basin full of water; this should kick on your sump pump immediately. However, if your sump pump does not kick on, something may need to be repaired. Next, remove the basin to expose the grate at the bottom that needs cleaning. Additionally, after a long winter season, it is a great idea to perform maintenance on the rest of your water appliances. 

Have You Inspected the Basement Plumbing & Water Heater?

Not all plumbing is invisible to the eye, so make sure it gets the required regular maintenance and check-ups your equipment needs, including the bottom of the house and your residential water heater. Inspect thoroughly around all the pipes and equipment to ensure no leaks or damages. Water heaters should especially receive regular check-ups because a damaged or bad water heater can lead to problems like a flooded basement. Having a qualified plumber inspect all of your water appliances will ensure a safe spring for your home. 

How Often Should You Clean Out Your Drains?

Clogs are no fun, and just like leaks, they have the possibility of issues at any time. Therefore, it is always a great idea to consistently clean out the drains around your home, especially since it prevents clogs and larger damages. Be sure to avoid chemical drain cleaners when cleaning because the chemicals can damage your pipes, sinks, and counters. Instead, use dish soap, hot water, vinegar, baking soda, and citrus peels as a safer alternative. 

Taking care of your plumbing and ensuring it is ready for spring and summer will leave you feeling safe and prepared but also helps prevent inevitable damages. We hope these tips have you feeling prepared to take on the warmer season! However, if you are still looking for plumbing advice or need an expert plumbing team member’s assistance, our crew at Five Star Dayton Plumbing is always one phone call away! So give us a call today at (937) 230-6506, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!