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Seasonal Plumbing Maintenance

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Benefit From These Tips

The seasons come and the seasons go, yet one thing that remains with your home or business systems are your plumbing. Your plumbing is an essential part of providing fresh water into your home and wastewater out, yet these two main plumbing lines also have various snaking connective drain lines that connect to your kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. With all of these numerous connections, something is bound to go wrong eventually. That’s where a seasonal plumbing maintenance schedule will come in handy.

Winter

As the season change, your plumbing pipes, fixtures, appliances, and connections will react differently. Take for instance the wintertime, freeze thaws are the number one concern for plumbing pipes as they can freeze the water and pipes to the point where water will not run through and the pressures of solidified water expanding in the pipes can cause cracks to worsen or pipes to burst. That’s why before winter occurs consider insulating your pipes at least in unheated areas such as the garage or apply heat tape on exposed pipes. These measures can prevent the risk of freezing once temperatures drop.

Spring

When springtime comes around, it’s naturally time for spring cleaning. In order to prevent and slab leaks that occur from water infiltration in the soil causing foundational movement, check your gutters and downspouts for clogged leaves, nests or debris and clear them out. It’s important to have smoothly flowing drain avenues away from your landscaping and that comes from cleared gutter debris. Some things to check on are your sump pumps by making sure to add water to the pit in order to make sure that they are able to properly break down waste. It’s also important to check the outdoor water faucets to make sure that water is running through correctly after the colder temperatures. Due to this make sure that there aren’t any leaks around them as well as the hose bibs.

Summer

As summer approaches and you have a pool take a look for leaks and walk around the edge of the pool to look for any eroded areas or wet soil. Standing water can occur when there is excess water in the yard from leaking pipes or damaged sewer lines. As standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria, germs, and insects it’s best to check that your sewer system is working properly. If areas of the yard are too wet or there is unnatural growth abundance chances are there is a sewage leak as it acts as fertilizer as well. With ant mineral build-up with restricted water flow and volume, it may be necessary to replace the pipes or access the mainline cleanout area.

Autumn

When Autumn hits it’s time to disconnect outside water hoses in order to prevent freezing water and pipe breaks. Shut off water valves for the outside lines and drain them. Flush and clean out your water heater and set it to 120℉ for optimal performance. Inspect and clean the sump pump and pit. Finally, clean your gutters and downspouts to allow for easier drainage before winter hits.

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General List of Plumbing Check-Ups

  • Tighten Connections
  • Check Pipes/Drains For Leaks
  • Maintain Clean/Clear Pipes
  • Check Sump Pumps
  • Check Water Heater
  • Clear Gutters

Water Heater

Another thing to stay afloat with is your water heater. Those with tank systems are more susceptible to this than tankless systems yet both can naturally cause mineral build-up. That’s because hard water could travel through both from the greater municipal line, with hard water however you’ll have calcium and magnesium. These two elements will naturally create mineral build-up which will reduce the water heater’s capacity or affect the heating rods by causing them to corrode. A good way to prevent this is to have a whole house water purification system installed on your main water line before water passes through the water heating system of your property. A water purifier will prevent small and large particles alike from distributing in the rooms of your property which can benefit your drains in their longevity and cleanliness. 

If Away From The Property

If you are leaving the property for an extended period of time be sure to shut off the main water valve and drain the system by opening faucets at the highest and lowest points of elevation in the house. Have the heat set no lower than 55℉. 

Rely On A Professional Plumber

To benefit from clean and clear plumbing lines find out more about seasonal plumbing maintenance tips from a professional plumbing company. Only with a professional plumber will you be able to benefit from plumbing inspections that will notify you of areas to pay particular attention to as the seasons change. With seasonal plumbing maintenance, you’ll be able to catch and remedy problems areas as they occur instead of much later after they’ve progressed to needing dull on plumbing repairs or replacements.

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