Winter can be harsh, some seasons harsher than others, but after a long, cold winter, it’s a good practice to check in on your home’s plumbing system and see how it survived! This will also help prepare your plumbing for the wet spring and hot summer months ahead.
Short Pump Heating & Air wanted to share some helpful spring plumbing tips so you can avoid bigger, more expensive issues down the road.
Check your sump pump – Spring typically brings heavy rain, so be sure to inspect your sump pump to ensure it is functioning properly.
Check your water valves – Try turning off the water valves in your home and then turn them back on to keep the parts from becoming stuck.
Pour some water into drains – Be sure to pour some water into infrequently used drains (including floor drains) to fill the trap and prevent odors from entering the house. Slow floor drains should be snaked to ensure they will carry away water quickly in the event of a flood.
Check Your Washer’s Supply Hoses – Pull out the washing machine from the wall, checking the floor for signs of leaks. Inspect the water supply hoses leading to the machine from end to end. If the hoses are made of rubber, look for signs of deterioration, such as cracks and bulges. It’s important to remember that rubber hoses deteriorate with age and can burst. If you have rubber hoses, it is recommended to replace with steel braided hoses.
Check sprinkler and outdoor faucet leaks – Outdoor pipes and spigots can easily freeze or get damaged over the winter. When the temperatures start to heat up, keep an eye on your pipes for any signs of leaks on those or inside the home.
Clean your gutters and down spouts – Make sure your yard downspouts, gutters and drains are cleaned out and free of debris.
If you are experiencing any plumbing issues or have questions on how to check on your plumbing system, give Short Pump Heating & Air a call at 804-364-9040. One of our expert plumbers would be happy to suggest tips or set up a service call to make sure your system is working properly.