Helpful Spring Plumbing Tips
Spring cleaning sounds simple enough, but when you add plumbing into the mix, you have a lot more to consider. When temperatures rise, it’s important to take the time to maintain the pipes and gutters before fall and winter comes.
Check the Following
A big part of ‘spring plumbing’ is making sure that all your pipes are working properly, especially the ones that you aren’t always using and thinking of.
- Check your sump pump – You want to make sure your basement is safe from being flooded by summer rains and winter snow, and that means testing your pump by either running water through it or unplugging and reconnecting it.
- Check your perimeter drain – Even if you don’t have a sump pump, you likely have a PVC perimeter drain or ‘weeping tile’, and you should make sure that there are no clogs by making sure water flows through it uninterrupted.
- Check your valves and faucets – While you should always be vigilant for leaks and drips, sometimes it’s good to also turn a valve off and on to make sure it isn’t getting rusty. See if it’s easy to use and check the water that comes out.
Tasks to Finish
- Clean your gutters – On a dry day, it’s good to clear any debris from places which rainwater will need to flow off your roof. Make sure to be careful when cleaning at a height.
- Watch for leaks in sprinkler lines – As you set lawn systems to operate, keep an eye on them. Usually caused by thawing frosts or overzealous lawnmowers, pipes that feed sprinklers can form leaks that waste water and flood your lawn.