Spring is here! It’s a good idea to check if the cold weather caused any damage, inside or outside your home. Spending the time now will prevent frustrating and costly problems later.
Here are 6 tips to add to your spring plumbing checklist.
Make sure the plumbing that supplies your refrigerator, dishwasher and washing machine is in good working order. Also check areas such as crawl spaces, attics and under the sink.
Your gutters play an important role in directing water away from your home and preventing water damage and leaks. Also, make sure your storm drains are clear to accommodate large amounts of runoff water.
During the winter months, outside pipes frequently freeze and burst. Run the system to ensure that your sprinklers and outside faucets are operational. Check each faucet and sprinkler head for water leaks while the water is running.
Search for any indications that the float valve has moved or that the pump has tipped. Check the battery and electrical wires for any signs of damage. Then fill the sump pit until the float rises, and make sure the system runs properly.
Drain a few liters from the water heater tank to remove corrosion. See the website of your water heater’s manufacturer for the specific instructions. Moreover, keep an eye out for any soot, corrosion, or puddling around the control panel.
Start off by pouring a few drops of food coloring into the toilet tank. If there is a leak (in the flapper or the gasket), you will see colored water leaking into the toilet within 30 minutes.