It might seem like it’s taking forever, but spring is finally on its way. With the arrival of warmer weather, now is a great time to take stock of your home. You’ll need to get your yard back in shape and inspect some of the things you may have neglected over the winter. One of these is your home’s plumbing system. In addition to calling your local experts in residential plumbing services in Gainesville, GA, to fix any leaks and clogs you might discover, here are a few simple things you can do get your plumbing back in order.
Inspect Your Water Heater
Colder weather can put a lot of stress on water heaters. Not only are you more likely to rely on warmer water for showers and baths, but a lot of homeowners will try to get their water to heat up faster by raising the temperatures on the heaters themselves. Make sure your water heater is set to 120° F. This a good temperature to ensure it has a long life. While you’re there, look for signs of corrosion or leaking. Water heaters should last for about 10 years, so if you notice any problems or if your heater is 10 years or older, you might have to hire a plumbing service to repair or replace it.
Check for Leaks
Leaks can occur anywhere, but there are a few key places where you should look first. You can test your toilet for leaks by putting food coloring in the toilet’s tank. If the water in the bowl changes color without being flushed, then there’s definitely a leak. Other places to inspect for leaks are under your sinks and in the supply hoses that feed water to your appliances, such as washing and dishwashing machines. Look for puddles of water or the growth of mold or mildew in these areas.
Turn Your Water Valves
Water valves can become hard and sticky if they’re never turned. Spring is a good time to make it a habit to turn the valves. Once turned, you can turn them back. This will make them easy to turn should you need to shut the water off.
Clean Out Your Gutters
Gutters and downspouts aren’t part of your plumbing system but cleaning them out is necessary to avoid leaks in your home that you may attribute to a plumbing problem. A plumber’s auger is useful for clearing out the downspouts, so rainwater can drain away from your home like it’s supposed to.
Inspect the Outdoor Faucets
Be sure to inspect outdoor faucets or anything else that’s attached to your sprinklers. These can suffer damage during the cold winter months, so you’ll want to have them fixed before you start growing out your lawn.
If you find any damage to your plumbing or any leaks or clogs, contact Gainesville Mechanical. We provide the best plumbing service in Gainesville, GA, and we’d love to help you get your house back in shape. Call us today at (770) 532-9130.