Spring is a time for lots of things, and most of them have to do with fresh starts, new beginnings, and plain ol’ rejuvenation.
Where we can be helpful is to provide you with some timely tips to help make sure your household plumbing is ready for the spring. By doing a little detective work now, you’ll have much more time to enjoy the beautiful weather that surely lies just around the corner.
For starters, spring is that time of year when the ground completely thaws, all the snow finally melts, “April showers” roll in and many local basements get flooded as a result. We’d hate to see yours become one of them, so here’s how to make sure it doesn’t:
Check your sump pump to see if it’s working properly by pouring a bucket of water in the pit and then activating the switch. Also, be sure the discharge line is clear of leaves or other debris.
- Consider a back-up sump pump. These turn on either when your main sump pump fails or your home loses power. At Len the Plumber, we offer both battery- and water-powered back up sump pumps, each with its own unique set of advantages.
- Don’t have a sump pump at all and your home or other homes in your neighborhood are prone to basement flooding? This might be the time to join the club.
Leaky faucets also deserve prompt and decisive attention.
- Leaky faucets and leaks in general can cause structural damage before you even realize something’s wrong. Keep a sharp lookout for water under your refrigerator, damp spots or water stains on your walls or ceilings, and the smell of must or mold.
- Give a quick visual inspection for areas that are more prone to bulges such as an ice maker supply line, washing machine hose and outdoor hose faucets.
How can you find out if your toilet is running?
- Pour a teaspoon of food coloring in the tank and then, about a half hour later, check your toilet bowl. If the water is tinged that same color…yep, you guessed it, a leaking toilet tank!
Do you experience low water pressure?
- While there are many possible causes, these are the ones we discover most often: a problem with your water heater, the need to have your water softener serviced, a hidden water leak, or, if you have one, a problem with your PRV (pressure reducing valve).
Once you’ve checked these items off of your list, call Len The Plumber to take care of anything you find! Same day service, seven days a week – guaranteed!