It’s that time of year again: Spring Cleaning! While you’re busy cleaning out your closets and cupboards, don’t forget to check on your plumbing. Getting your system ready for spring is essential to protecting your home against potential plumbing problems. Follow these maintenance tips to ensure your plumbing remains in optimal working order throughout the warmer months ahead.
You should clear debris from your downspouts, gutters, and roof vent pipes to prevent clogs. Also, check your outdoor hose bibs for leaks. If one is present, you may just need to tighten the nut fastener or replace the entire hose bib. If those solutions don’t stop the water from dripping, you’ll need a professional to identify the leak source.
It’s essential to check your pipes for leaks and cracks periodically. If you can’t find anything obviously wrong with them, there are other signs you can look for. For example, mildew and mold growth near pipes or discolored or warped cabinets underneath sinks can indicate a leak.
Flush your water heater tank
This is a good time to check in on your water heater. The tank should be drained at least twice a year to ensure peak performance. This will flush out any residue that’s built up in the tank, reducing corrosion and increasing its usable lifespan.
If you don’t always use all of the faucets in your home, this is an especially important maintenance task. Since low water pressure can be a sign of a plumbing leak, you’ll want to identify any faucets that don’t run at full capacity. Turn on each one and then wait a few minutes in case air may have gotten into the lines. If a faucet continues to have low pressure, you may want to call in a plumber to rule out a leak.
Ensure your plumbing system is in tip-top shape this spring. Hometown Plumbing of Bakersfield can help you with these plumbing maintenance tasks and more. Contact us today to set up your appointment with one of our friendly and professional plumbers.