Spring Plumbing Tips

Spring has finally arrived! But before you head out to the garage to dust off that barbecue grill in anticipation of your next backyard barbecue, there's something even more important that you'll want to think about first: your home's plumbing. Here are some common plumbing tips that are often overlooked. If often followed, it could prevent your need for a sump pump repair in Indianapolis.

If you think the winter was hard on you and your loved ones, just wait until you see what types of issues it may have caused to your pipes - even if it seems like everything is in normal working order. You should always take the opportunity to assess the situation before warm weather hits, which puts you in a great position to fix small problems now before they become much bigger (and more expensive) ones down the road.

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Take a Look at Those Plumbing Fixtures

Check all sink pipes for drips/leaks: The winter has a notorious ability for both causing leaks and concealing them. The cold of winter causes pipes, wood and earth to contract. Once everything thaws, tiny micro-cracks in pipes can appear and begin leaking. Don’t ignore a drip just because it is small. You’ll need to fix any leak as soon as possible!

One of many simple spring plumbing tips that you should follow is to inspect your plumbing, most important, your sump pump, before the season's change. That inspection often involves taking a closer look at all your fixtures. Be on the lookout for drips, leaks and other issues with the faucets and shower heads in your home. Be sure to repair all washers and seals as needed.

Adjust your water heater temperature: Some people choose to adjust their temperature during the winter. We recommend keeping it right at 120 degrees. This will prevent the water being too hot for the users, but it is also optimal for dishwashers and other appliances.

If you happen to see that mineral deposits have built up over the winter, don't worry - there's an easy fix for that. Just soak any affected fixtures in vinegar overnight and they'll likely be good as new in the morning.

Plumbers Suggest that You Check Drains

Another important area that you're going to want to look at before the warm spring weather arrives has to do with your drains. If your sink drains don't already have strainers to help prevent debris from building up and clogging the lines, now would be an excellent time to add them.

“Prime” unused drains: What we call “priming” a drain simply means pouring a bucket of water down drains that don’t get used very much. This could be a drain in a garage or guest bathroom. This will ensure that the drain is still functioning, and that the P-Trap is filled. A P-Trap is the bottom section of a “u” shaped pipe. When the trap has water in it, it creates a seal that optimizes draining and prevents odor or even gases from leaking up through the other end of the pipe.

Another Piece of Advice

You should also take the opportunity to turn the water on for a few minutes in each location (or just pour a bucket of water down the drain) to help prevent debris from getting caught in traps and causing terrible odors.

Inspect Your Sump Pump for any Needed Spring Repairs

Finally and most importantly, plumbers suggest that you test your sump pump to make sure that everything is in solid working order before the seasons change. Luckily, doing this is pretty straightforward process. Winter water tables in Indianapolis can be tough and at times can result in a sump pump repair in your Indianapolis home.

In order to perform a spring sump pump inspection, take about five or so gallons of water and pour it directly into the basin on your sump pump. Be sure to pour slowly until the sump pump turns on, at which point it will start to actually pump out the water (in other words, it'll start to do the job it was designed to do).

This will allow you to make sure that the sump pump is actually working properly. It should, in theory, start pumping out water when the water level reaches roughly a foot below the surface of the basin. If it doesn't, you've got a problem on your hands and you'll definitely want to enlist the help of a plumbing professional.


Any Spring Plumbing Issues?

Along those lines, don't be afraid to contact Plumb Doctor to help take care of any issues you find or even to perform a more thorough inspection than you'd be able to do on your own. After all, as the old saying goes, "it's better to be safe than to be sorry."