Scheduling spring plumbing tune ups should be on the top of your to-do list. Often, homeowners pay little attention to their home’s plumbing system until something breaks, leaks, or becomes totally clogged. Unfortunately, the chances for a plumbing failure increase due to the added strain during the winter months. That is why spring is the perfect time to inspect and address any plumbing problems or concerns. Not only will a plumbing tune up help to prevent unexpected failures, but also prepare your plumbing for the rigorous summer months.
Water Heater Tune Up
Spring is the perfect time to tune up your water heater. Rust, scale, and sediment can build inside the tank over time and diminish its efficiency and performance as well as shorten its life span. During a typical water heater tune up, your plumber will flush the system to remove sediment buildup. They will also verify the tank and/or housing is in good condition, address any leaks, and check or adjust the water temperature settings. In addition, the plumber should verify that the T&P “temperature and pressure” relief valve is in good working condition and replace when necessary.
Many households shut down and drain their irrigation systems during the winter months to protect it from the freezing temperatures outside. Unfortunately, homeowners fail to realize the damage they can cause by improperly restarting the system in the spring. Water hammer is the main culprit that pops many a sprinkler head during the initial startup. Your plumbing contractor can charge the system slowly, check for signs of leakage and adjust controllers, timers, and sprinkler heads for maximum efficiency and performance.
Household Tune Up
While the services offered between plumbing contractors may vary, the following practices are some common procedures performed in typical spring plumbing tune ups.
- Check that all faucets are working properly, efficiently, and do not exhibit any signs of a leak.
- Verify all household toilets are in good working condition, flush properly, do not run continuously, and do not exhibit any signs of seepage.
- Verify that all sink, tub, and toilet drains are flowing freely.
- Clean pop-up assemblies and P-traps when necessary to improve drain efficiency.
- Test water pressure to help identify any signs of a leak.
- Inspect all visible water line connections including washing machine, dishwasher, and faucet supply lines as well as any other exposed water lines.
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