Plumbing Advice for SPRING

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. This helps your home from getting clogged drains, leaks, water damage, etc.

Here is some plumbing advice for this spring to make sure your home is in tip-top shape for the year.

Repair man inspecting a water heater

Perform a Water Heater Check-Up

When the weather got cold, you most likely turned up the temperature on your water heater. Now, since you’ll be turning the temperature down, check your water heater for signs of corrosion and leaks.

Water heaters last around 10 years. If it’s 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. You’ll want to look for moisture, puddles, rust, corrosion, or any sign of a leak. If there’s a problem, be sure to contact Norfolk Plumbing immediately so we can come to take a look.

Clean Gutters and Down Spouts

Check your gutters and downspouts for any debris such as pine needles or leaves. 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. 

Man pouring a bucket of water in a sump pump

Test your Sump Pump

A sump pump is 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 us a call! We can also provide you with some additional plumbing advice.

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