Get Your Pipes Ready for Spring and Summer by Following These Essential Tips

Home plumbing systems can be remarkably durable. Even so, they are not immune from the damaging force of the elements.

With winter set to end soon and spring waiting around the corner, we figured now is the perfect time to talk about proper plumbing system preparation. The following tips should allow your pipes to continue working correctly even as the weather transitions from freezing cold to pleasantly warm.

Look for Burst Pipes

If you failed to take the precautions necessary to protect your pipes during the winter, it’s possible that some of them have burst. Don’t compound your earlier mistake by failing to spot those burst pipes.

Look for any puddles around your property or spots that appear wetter than normal. Those are likely the locations of the burst pipes so you’ll need to work on them. Even pipes leading to your toilets may have sprung some leaks.

Leaking pipes can be difficult to replace, especially if they are located in tough-to-reach spots. Consider leaving the job of replacing them to professional plumbers. You may also need to turn off the water main until the plumbers get to your property.

Try Turning on Your Outdoor Faucets

You probably didn’t do much yard work throughout the winter, which means your outdoor faucets have been dormant. Take this opportunity to check on them and see if they are still working properly.

Open them all the way and check on the water pressure. Does the pressure level feel right, or is it somewhat off? Use hoses if they will enable you to gauge the water pressure better.

If the pressure doesn’t seem to be where it needs to be, that could be your first clue that you have some burst pipes. The faucets themselves can sustain damage from the freezing weather. Consider replacing them if that’s the case.

Perform Routine Maintenance on Your Sump Pump

Sump pumps are tasked with preventing flooding in your basement. They remove water from that part of your home and transport it to a nearby drain or body of water.

Certain sump pump components need to be cleaned regularly or the machine itself will not work properly. Fail to clean those components and your basement may end up flooded with water without you noticing anything.

You want to focus on the inlet and the pump screen during cleaning. These components tend to need the most upkeep so remember to work on them.

Switch Off Your Water Heater

Now that the weather’s warmer, you may not need your water heater to work throughout the day. Consider switching it off so you can save some energy and water.

Of course, the weather may take a while to get comfortably warm. You may have to wait until the end of spring to stop using your water heater. Just remember to turn the water heater off eventually so your tank and pipes get a break.

Clear Your Gutters

Lastly, you should reserve some time to clean your gutters before the arrival of spring. Chances are that your gutters are covered in all kinds of debris following the long winter. Those random objects can damage your pipes if they somehow get into them.

Use this time to clean your gutters and save your pipes from unnecessary damage.

Don’t let the winter season lull you into a false sense of security. Be proactive with your maintenance work so you can save your pipes from potentially costly damage.