With the coming of Spring, this means it is time to transition from cooler weather and prepare for warmer weather. This time usually involves the cleaning of everything in your home from both exterior and interior. As you prep the rest of your home for Spring plumbing should also be added to your list of things to do. Making sure your pipes are in god shape is an important part of Spring cleaning as it can help detour leaks and other underlining issues that you were unaware of from the colder months.
Exterior of Your Home
- Flush out your sprinkler system before you start using it for the warmer months, as it can show any leaks your system maybe experiencing. Especially, if you forgot to drain out any left-over water before Winter began. This will save you time and frustration when dealing with leaks in the future.
- Cleaning your gutters and downspouts help with removing the potential for clogs from left over Winter debris. It also allows you to inspect your gutter system for any leaks or holes you may have acquired over Winter.
- Always clean your patio drains to help reduce flooding and to increase maximum drainage from any stuck debris.
- Remove any temporary instillation that covers pipes or faucets.
- Check garden hoses and replace them if you see any splits, cracks, or damage to the connections.
- Make sure to perform routine maintenance on your water heater. This helps clear up any buildup or sediment that your water heater could have accumulated over the cooler months. It is recommended that you have a professional come and perform routine maintenance on your water heater every 6 months just to make sure it stays in great condition.
- Check your water heater’s temperature is set where you are comfortable. It will reduce the risk of burns to your skin as well as, reduce the risk of wasting energy to heat the water.
- Make sure both your washing machine and ice dispenser hoses are doing okay and are not experiencing any leaks. If you discover they are, replace them so they do not become a problem or create floods later. It is also import to clean the dryer vents 1 -2 times per year to prevent any fire hazards.
- Checking for leaks in unoccupied areas of the home such as a crawl space, basement, or attic can help reduce water waste. A good tip for identifying if there is a leak is to check your water meter the night before then comparing it to the reading the following morning. Unaccounted water loss could result in a slow leak that you were unaware of in your home.
- Creating a routine cleaning schedule for your dishwasher and garbage disposal. Check drains and sprayer hoses for any blockage.