Outdoor spring maintenance tips from your local Plumber.
We welcome the arrival of spring with the longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures. However, spring can also bring the arrival of plumbing concerns, or draw attention to plumbing issues that may have gone unnoticed through the cold winter months. There are a few simple checks that can be done around your home to reduce the risk of serious plumbing issues.
Tip 1: Hose bibs and faucets
Cold winter temperatures have been known to damage hose bibs and exterior piping. Always double check for leaks and splits before turning these on. In the event that you do find a crack, do not hesitate to make an appointment with your local plumber.
Tip 2: Sump pump
Spring brings rain! Examine your sump pump to be sure it is in working order. To test the pump, you can pour water into the pit. The pump should activate with higher levels, eliminate the water and then shut off. If this does not occur, it is important that you contact your local plumber to prevent the pump from burning out, or a potential flood.
The installation of a battery backup system is also a great secondary safety measure in addition to the primary sump pump.
Tip 3: Drains, gutters and downspouts
Debris often builds during the fall and winter months, which can clog and lead to leaks and water damage. You will want to ensure your homes drains, gutters and downspouts are clean and clear of any blockages that could prevent optimal water flow. This is a simple check that can prevent serious structural damage to your home.
Tip 4: Back water valve
The installation of a back water valve may be recommended in areas that are prone to floods. For instance, the installation of a back water valve in a basement floor drain is an effective safety measure for your home.
Tip 5: High water alarm installation
The installation of a high water alarm may be recommended to guard against leaks and water overflow into your home. The alarm is an effective safety mechanism to detect leaks before they cause any serious damage to your home.
Fortunately, you can always rely on your local, professional and trusted plumbers at Kempenfelt Plumbing and Backflow Services to solve any plumbing concerns that may arise. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call, we are always willing and able to assist with all of your plumbing needs.