Spring Plumbing Checks

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 | 1:07 AM

By Hannah Reed


With the start of a new season, plumbing issues can arise from the previous one. With spring beginning, winter may have caused some Problems outside your home that will need to be looked at or repaired. Particularly, outside hoses, drains, and even pools could have been affected, so it's advantageous going thru each thing methodically to ensure correct function. So it is time to put on the plumber hat and check everything.

Hoses should have been disconnected from their outside faucets before winter started, but this is typically forgotten, and so the water within the hose would most likely have turned to ice during the winter months. Because water expands when it freezes, it can put extra pressure on the tap and cause a leak. If this is the case, then the tap will need to be replace or repaired.

Drains can be a problem in the spring too , as any leaves that were not cleared in the autumn can simply block up drains causing blockages. The cold months compound this problem as the leaves remain wet and slowly rot. Other items fall on top of these leaves and may cause many issues.

The easiest way of combatting this is prevention. First off, keep the drains clear of all waste as much possible and second (especially for irregularly used drains) pour a gallon or so of water down to stop odor and keep the traps clean.

Prevention is easily the better option than cure, and so it is also an excellent idea to look around the home every few months and check inside and out for any potential leaks. The sound of dripping or running water is sometimes a giveaway sign, especially in toilets, and any leaks that you find will need to be repaired by you or your plumber immediately.




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