Prepare Your Plumbing for Spring & Summer - March Monthly Newsletter
March 26, 2021
Prepare Your Plumbing for Spring & Summer
Getting your home ready for spring means more than throwing open the windows for some fresh air and giving everything a thorough cleaning. Did you know that your plumbing also needs attention in the spring?
Plumbing is one of those systems that we tend not to fully appreciate until it isn’t working. So taking the time to see how your plumbing fared the winter and prepare it for the heat of the seasons to come will go a long way toward avoiding potential problems.
Post-Winter Plumbing Inspection
It’s always a good idea to check your plumbing systems to ensure that everything made it through the winter in good condition. Even though we don’t typically experience severely cold temperatures, your plumbing can still experience wear and tear during the colder months. These are the areas to check:
If you have a sump pump, you probably don’t think about it -- unless there’s a problem. And when there’s a problem, there’s usually a big problem, like a flooded basement. That’s why it’s important to give your sump pump a visual inspection every few months.
Take a look at the drain that leads to the outside of your home and remove anything that could be blocking it.
Check that the pump itself has not tilted or that the float valve has moved.
Visually inspect the electrical wires and battery, looking to see if anything appears to be damaged.
If anything looks suspicious, you don’t have to attempt to repair it yourself. This is a good time to give us a call and let us know what you see, and we can determine the next steps.
Take a walk around the perimeter of your home, looking for any exposed pipes. Pipes that are not insulated are subject to freezing, which causes the water to expand and potentially crack the pipes.
If you notice any exposed pipes, give us a call and let us perform a complete inspection. Even if you don’t see any cracks, your pipes still may have sustained some damage that we can detect.
A drop in water pressure may be an indication of a leaking pipe -- or other problems. Have you noticed a change in your water pressure over the winter? Sometimes it happens so slowly that you might not realize that it used to be stronger. Leak detection can also help determine if water loss is an issue for the pressure.
If your water pressure isn’t what it used to be, reach out to us right away.
The bathroom is where the majority of plumbing problems occur. It is possible to sidestep any bathroom plumbing disasters by keeping an eye on how well your plumbing systems are working. These are the areas to watch:
Tub & Shower. Check that the caulk and seals around your bathtub and shower are intact. If the seals are cracked, they could cause major water damage.
Take note of any issues with water pressure or a slow drain. Also, consider if your water heater is able to keep up with the demands of your household. If not, it may be time to consider a different alternative to your water heating system.
Leaky faucets. As annoying as they are, dripping faucets are also something we tend to brush off or get used to. Not only can this be a significant waste of water and money, but it can damage your sink and maybe even be a sign of larger problems.
Walls, floors, and ceilings. Do you notice any wet patches on your walls, floors, or ceilings? These could indicate that there is a hidden leak that needs to be tended to ASAP.
Spring & Summer Plumbing Preparations
When the Arizona heat begins to warm, your plumbing is at risk of damage caused by intense dry, warm weather. To keep your plumbing protected, watch for these telltale signs:
Sewer Odors. If you notice sewer odors, it could be caused by clogs, backflow, or dried-out pipes.
Exposed Pipes. Just as exposed pipes can be problematic in the winter months, they can also sustain damage from hot weather and intense UV rays in the form of cracks that lead to damaging leaks.
Spring Cleaning Plumbing Checklist
Add these plumbing to-dos to your spring cleaning checklist to help offset any problems-- or call us and let us take care of it for you.
Clear your drains. Over time, dirt and debris can build up in your drains and cause odors. And when the debris starts to flush through your plumbing systems, it can cause clogs, which can lead to leaks. Spring is a good time to clean out all your drains.
Clean your showerheads and faucets. Your faucets and showerheads have filters that can get clogged and affect the cleanliness of the water that passes through it. These filters can be cleaned or replaced.
Check your toilets and appliances with water hoses. Your toilet and other appliances that use water all have hoses, which can get clogged with dirt and debris. Cleaning out these hoses will keep the water flowing freely and ensure your toilet and appliances work well for you.
Schedule your Spring Service Visit with Whitton Plumbing
If your spring cleaning checklist is already long enough, without having to worry about inspecting your plumbing, we would love to take care of it for you. Call Whitton Plumbing to schedule a complete spring plumbing inspection.
Give us a call today!
Tucson: (520) 505-3236