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Tips to Prepare Your Home for Spring

As winter rolls into the rearview and spring emerges, it's essential to ensure that your plumbing system is ready for the seasonal transition. By taking proactive steps, you can prevent potential issues and enjoy a smooth experience throughout the spring months.

In this brief article brought to you by Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we share some practical tips to prepare your home for the Spring. If you’d rather hire a trained plumber, then call Rooter Hero today. We are happy to schedule a plumbing service or arrange emergency repairs for as soon as possible.

Check for Leaks and Drips

Conduct a thorough inspection of your plumbing fixtures, including faucets, toilets, and showerheads, for any leaks or drips. Even a small leak can waste a significant amount of water over time and lead to higher utility bills.

Tighten loose fittings, replace worn-out washers, and repair any visible leaks promptly. This not only conserves water but also prevents water damage to your home.

Inspect Outdoor Faucets and Sprinkler Systems

It’s no secret that during spring, outdoor activities such as gardening and lawn care become more frequent. Before using outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems, check for any winter damage or leaks.

Ensure that outdoor faucets are properly connected and not dripping. Test your sprinkler system to identify and fix any malfunctioning or broken sprinkler heads. Proper maintenance of outdoor plumbing prevents water wastage and promotes a healthy outdoor environment.

Clear and Clean Gutters and Downspouts

During winter, gutters and downspouts can accumulate debris such as leaves, twigs, and dirt. Clogged gutters can lead to water backup, causing damage to your roof and siding.

As part of your spring maintenance routine, clear out debris from gutters and downspouts. Use a ladder and gloves to safely remove any obstructions. Additionally, check for leaks or damage in the gutter system and repair as needed.

Properly functioning gutters ensure efficient water drainage and protect your home from water-related issues.

Inspect Sump Pump and Backup Systems

Spring often brings heavy rains, increasing the risk of basement flooding. To prevent water damage, inspect your sump pump and backup systems. Test the sump pump by pouring water into the sump pit and ensuring that it activates properly.

Further, check the discharge pipe for any clogs or obstructions. If you have a battery-powered backup sump pump, test it to ensure it functions during power outages. Keeping your sump pump and backup systems in good working condition provides peace of mind during wet weather conditions.

Consider a Water Heater Flush

Over time, sediment buildup in your water heater can reduce its efficiency and lifespan. Consider flushing your water heater as part of your spring maintenance routine. Turn off the power or gas supply to the water heater, then connect a garden hose to the drain valve and drain several gallons of water to remove sediment.

This helps maintain optimal water heater performance and extends its longevity. If you're unsure about flushing the water heater yourself, call Rooter Hero for assistance.

Hire a Plumber Today

Whether you need routine plumbing service or emergency plumbing repair service, the professionals at Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air are here to help. Call Rooter Hero to speak with a member of our team, schedule an appointment, or request urgent assistance today.

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