Now that spring has made an appearance in Seattle, you’ve probably begun writing your spring-cleaning to-do list. Along with your usual set of home maintenance tasks, don’t forget to take a look at your plumbing to ensure everything is still in good working order. Here are a few key plumbing check-ups to perform as spring gets rolling.
One of the most important things to check in the spring, especially after a cold winter, is if any of your pipes are leaking. During the winter months, exposed pipes in attics and basements can freeze from the cold weather and form small fractures. To ensure that none of your pipes have sprung a leak, take a look around your home. Be sure to check under sinks and keep an eye on the ceiling for any signs of water damage. This is also a good time to check your sump pump if you have one in the basement.
After checking your interior plumbing, go outside and take a look at your exterior pipes to make sure that they haven’t become blocked. This includes things like gutters and catch basins. When spring showers arrive, you’ll want to be sure that everything is clear so that water can flow freely away from your house to the street.
The final step is to check on your water heater, which has probably seen a lot of use over the winter. Look over your tank for any signs of rust, mildew, or water standing at the base of the tank. This is also a good time of year for annual maintenance like draining the tank to clear out any sediment build up or testing the tank pressure release (TPR) valve.
If you notice any leaks or other plumbing issues as you work through your spring-cleaning list, then give Best Plumbing a call to set up a maintenance appointment. We also provide emergency plumbing services 24/7 to residents in the Seattle, Bellevue, and surrounding area. Don’t stress over home maintenance, call Best Plumbing for all of your plumbing needs!
Photo © 123switch, available under Creative Commons CCO.