Even though the official start of the spring season isn’t for a few more days, the season of springtime to do ists is well underway. The home improvement and gardening centers are bustling with weekend warriors intent on improving their homes. One thing that should be on that planning docket is some spring plumbing maintenance. While DIYing your repairs can be risky, the simple tasks that you should have on your spring plumbing maintenance to-do list are not. Here’s a quick rundown. Of the things you should be checking on so that you can call out your professional plumber to fix them early if needed.
Check For Leaks
One of your first spring plumbing maintenance tasks should be checking for leaks. During the winter, if your pipes ever froze, it increased the likelihood that they developed small cracks that could result in leaks now. Do a thorough inspection of all of your accessible pipes and fixtures, including faucets and toilets. Take time to clean out the drains and lines of accumulated hair and soap buildup, and inspect the toilet bowls and sink basins for cracks.
Test Outdoor Fixtures
If you didn’t winterize your outdoor fixtures correctly (or at all), there is a chance that the freezing and thawing cycle of winter caused damage to the lines, pipes, drains, or fixtures. Do a check of all of these to make sure that they are working correctly and that they aren’t going to burst and cause a huge mess when you start using them this spring or summer.
Inspect Sump Pump
The coming spring will more than likely bring lots of rain with it, and during those flooding conditions is not the time that you want to figure out that your sump pump isn’t working correctly. Take time now to inspect it, make sure that it turns on when it is supposed to, and ensure that it drains properly where it is supposed to. It is also a good idea to check the battery backup (or install one if you don’t have one). If you find that your sump pump isn’t working efficiently, a professional plumber can help you to decide if you need to replace it or if you can repair it.
Schedule Other Inspections And Maintenance
Now is also the right time to schedule a visit from your plumber to inspect or maintain any of the plumbing features in your home that you don’t feel comfortable DIYing, including the gas lines, the boiler, or the water heater (especially if you haven’t had yours flushed in a while to remove corrosion and check the anode rod). You might also benefit from a video inspection of your pipes to check on the pipes you can’t easily get to.
Call Mahon Plumbing Today
If you still have more questions regarding your plumbing, we here at Mahon Plumbing are here to help. We have been serving the wider Baltimore area since 1994, so we have 25 years of experience to back up our fantastic service! Call us at our Baltimore location at 410-766-8566 or our Pasadena location at 410-636-7944. Be sure to keep up with us on social media by following us on Facebook or Twitter.