The winter could be harsh on your plumbing, especially if you have an older home with older pipes, joints and fixtures. It's a good idea to give your plumbing a spring checkup to check for spots that may be seeping or weak. You can only check any piping that is visible, however, that may give you a good idea of the condition of the pipes in the walls.
Check the Pipes
Check what you can see for evidence of leaking or seeping. If you can see water stains on the floor or walls, you may want to have that pipe repaired. Check the walls and the ceiling for water spots. If you notice discoloring, you may have a leaky pipe behind the wall where it is discolored.
Check Fixtures and Appliances
Check the shut-off valve in your home to ensure that it's not leaking, and to ensure that it turns freely. Likewise, check all faucets for leaks at the handles, under the sinks and dripping from the faucet into the sink. If the handles or the faucet is loose, or if you see water seeping out from under the handles or faucet base, you may have to replace the gaskets.
Be sure to check the water connections to the washer and the water/ice in the refrigerator. And, check the hot water heater to ensure that it's not rusting out on the bottom or leaking. The hot water heater could leak from a rusted area or from the pipes that run in and out of the appliance.
Drain and Clean the Water Heater
If you have a hot water tank, you should drain and clean it every spring. The water creates sediments in the bottom of the tank that increase the risk of rusting and that could cause a drain or a pipe to plug up. If you are not comfortable with draining and cleaning the tank yourself, or checking for leaks or other plumbing problems, contact Plumb Doctor for an appointment.