Spring is finally here! Flowers are blooming, pollen is collecting, and yards need to be attended to. Spring is a time when many homeowners do maintenance tasks like spring cleaning and renovating the home. It is also a great time for you to do your yearly checkup on your plumbing system to prevent your home from getting clogged drains, leaks, water damage, etc. Here are some simple tips on what you can do this spring to make sure your plumbing is in tip-top shape for the rest of the year.
Perform a Water Heater Check-Up
When the weather got cold, you most likely turned up the temperature on your water heater. Now, since it is the time of year where you are most likely going to be turning the temperature back down, check your water heater for signs of corrosion and leaks. Water heaters also only last around 10 years so if it is getting older be sure to call Norfolk Plumbing and have us come out to take a look. We will check to make sure your water heater is still in great working shape.
Check Under Sinks and Supply Hoses
You don’t want to have water damage in your house. Be sure to check under your sinks and any supply hoses that run to your water-using appliances for moisture, puddles, rust, corrosion, or any sign of a leak. If there seems to be a problem be sure to contact Norfolk Plumbing immediately so we can come to take a look.
Clean Gutters and Down Spouts
Take a step outside on a nice spring day and check your gutters and downspouts for any debris in them such as pine needles, leaves, twigs, etc. Clean out any debris you find and use a plumber’s auger to clear out the downspouts. Doing this will help prevent leaks in your home and any water damage during a big spring shower.
Test your Sump Pump
A sump pump is a pump used to remove water that has accumulated in a water-collecting sump basin, it is most commonly found in homes with a basement. Spring is a good time to test out the sump pump to be sure it is operating well. To test, pour a bucket of water into the pit where the pump sits. The pump should immediately turn on and drain the water then turn back off. If this doesn’t do anything, your sump pump may have an underlying issue that needs a plumber’s maintenance.
If any of these sound like issues you are having and you aren’t able to DIY, give Norfolk Plumbing Inc a call at 757-466-0644 and schedule your 24-hour emergency service today!