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How To Prepare Your Plumbing For The Spring

The winter season has finally run its course. The spring season has officially begun. This means that it is time again to give your plumbing its seasonal check to make sure everything is working just fine. The list below will help you start with your spring plumbing check. This will also help prepare your plumbing for day-to-day use in the spring season all through summer.

Drains, Spouts, and Gutters

You should start your plumbing checkup with the three basics: your drains, spouts, and gutters. If you want April showers to bring May flowers, then you should make sure these three are clean. If your drains, waterspouts, and gutters are not properly maintained, they will be eventually get blocked by all the debris caught in between. A blocked drainage system, waterspout, and gutter could encourage mold buildup. This will also eventually cause leaks and water damage. Make sure that no leaves or any debris are obstructing your drains, gutters, and spouts which may have settled all winter.

Check Your Garden Hose Bib

If you have mistakenly left your hose attached to the bib, then leaks are highly present. The winter season can cause the hose to expand and crack. You can check it by opening your hose bib so water can flow through it. If you don’t see any crack, then you are lucky. But, this is unlikely. It is for this reason that you are always advised to keep your garden hose in your house or the garage.

Check Your Sump Pump

If you have a water-collecting sump basin in your basement, then you have to make sure that your sump pump is in its optimum. You can check if it is working the way it should be by pouring water in the pit. You will know that it is working properly if it turns on a few seconds after you have poured water in. It should automatically shut itself off as well. If your pump does not do this, then you should have it checked and repaired.

Prevent Clogs

To help maintain your drainage and plumbing system, it is recommended that you keep filters. Filters in the opening of your drains will help keep your hair, toothpick, Q-tips, food, and other debris (small or big) to be stuck in your drain. This will also help keep your drain unclogged. In case you have a clogged drainage, you can unclog it by pouring in baking soda and vinegar in it. You can then clean it with warm water.

If you don’t have the time to do all this, then it is recommended to find a good plumber to have everything checked for you. Once this is done, you can be at ease to know that everything is spring ready and working well. Enjoy your spring plumbing cleaning.