Winter ended just a few weeks ago, and we have Summer to look forward to in just a few months. Winter can wreak havoc on plumbing systems due to the consistent freezing temperatures. Now that the ground has thawed, it’s the perfect time to take a look at your plumbing system and make sure it is prepared for Summer. So, just what parts of your plumbing system should you inspect before summer? Let’s take a look!
Look For Leaks
Winter can cause your pipes to freeze, which can easily cause a pipe to burst. Sometimes these leaks can be too difficult to properly fix during the winter. That is why it is so important that you check all of your visible plumbing systems. This will help ensure that there are no leaky portions that can potentially cause water damage to your home.
Check Your Gutters
The next step is to grab a ladder and take a trip outside. Once outside, you need to get on your ladder and take a look at your gutters. Gutters are easy to overlook simply because it is not a place you look at often. Blockages build up over time and can cause your gutters to perform poorly. Leaves, branches, and other organic matter tends to be the the most common cause of clogs. Since Spring and Summer tend to see considerably more rain, it makes perfect sense to perform maintenance at this time. It is also imperative that you check your downspout to make sure there are no major blockages. The bottom of the downspout also needs to be cleared of any obstructions for proper flow.
Prevent Basement Leaking
Checking your gutters should help ensure your basement doesn’t flood during heavy rainfall. However, if water does get in your home, it is important that your sump pump is performing correctly. Test the sump pump by pouring water into the pit and ensure the water ejects correctly.
Check Your Home When You Are Gone
Finally, if you go away for vacation, make sure to ask a trusted neighbor to come into your home while you are gone. Have them do a quick check to make sure there are no major problems occurring while you are gone.
Call A Plumber
If you find any plumbing issues during your inspections that you have questions about or are not qualified to fix, it is always a great idea to contact a licensed, local plumber to get your plumbing running smoothly again.