In just a few short weeks, the winter snow will melt away to make room for spring flowers. While you’re waiting for your daffodils to pop up and your sweaters to be returned to storage, there are many things that homeowners must consider. As the seasons change, so do the maintenance steps you must take for your home, including your plumbing. While we wait for the trees to bloom, here are some steps you can take to prevent issues with your plumbing system this spring.
Check Your Water Heater
If you’re like many homeowners, you likely turned up the temperature on your water heater to cope with the cold. It’s important to make sure your water heater is not turned up above the recommended setting, which is 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Higher than that and you may be dealing with scalding hot showers and a water heater that doesn’t last as long as it should. Adjust your temperature to the appropriate level.
While you’re at it, this is a good opportunity to check up on your water heater by assessing for leaks or corrosion. A telltale sign of leaking is a puddle around the base, and you can tell your water heater is corroding if you see rust or dirt around your control panel. Give our plumbing company in Suffolk County a call if you see these signs. Also, consider calling us if your water heater is older than or close to 10 years old so we can assess whether or not it needs replacement.
Watch Out for Outdoor Leaks
It’s common for sprinklers and faucets to freeze during cold winters here in New York. After the temperature starts to warm up, these outdoor pipes can begin to leak. The first time you turn on one of these outdoor plumbing features, if it leaks, this suggests that one of your pipes froze and broke over the winter, which means it’s time to give us a call.
Turn Your Valves
Over time, it becomes more difficult to turn your water valves. That’s why it is a good idea to make a point to turn them once a year, then turn them back, so that they don’t stick. We recommend doing this as part of your regular spring cleaning process.
Clean Your Gutters
After a long, icy winter, your gutters have been working overtime, and likely are filled with leaves, twigs, and various debris. It’s an important part of spring cleaning to clear out your gutters and downspouts. This will prevent your home from suffering water damage during spring showers.
Check Under Sinks
It’s good practice to make a point to check under your sinks to ensure that the supply hoses to your clothes washer, dishwasher, and other water-based appliances are intact. You can detect a leak by looking for puddles, rust, corrosion, or moisture under the sink.
We’re proud to be the go-to plumbing company in Suffolk County for spring maintenance. Whether you need to replace your water heater or repair a pipe leak, we can help! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.