With Spring right around the corner, many people begin the process of sprucing up their yards and homes from the winter. Don’t forget to check your plumbing! Taking a few minutes in the Spring to check for problems can limit water damage and expensive repairs. Take a look at our list for a few ideas.
1) Check for leaks:
When you are unwrapping your pipes from the winter, it’s a good idea to take a look around and check for any possible leaks. Look for drips, condensation, and water pooling in areas outside. Check the exposed pipes under sinks for leaks. Check the hoses that run to your dishwasher and washing machine, looking for any weaknesses in the hose. Also keep an eye in these areas for moisture, puddles, rust, or corrosion. Check the faucets both inside and outside your home for any drips or leaks. And don’t forget the toilet! Look around the base of the toilet for water. Add a few drops of food coloring to the tank. If the tank is leaking, the color will appear inside the bowl within about 30 minutes.
2) Look after your water heater:
You may have turned up the temperature on your water heater to help combat the cold of winter, but professionals recommend keeping your water heater set at 120 degrees. This helps conserve energy and prevent scalding. Check your water heater unit for signs of corrosion, rust, or soot around the control panel. Look for leaks or puddles. It is a good idea to drain several gallons from your water heater tank to help flush corrosion-causing sediment. This will improve your water heater’s efficiency and help lengthen your heater’s life. Make sure to check with the manufacturer for specific instructions on this procedure for your specific make and model water heater. Many water heaters only last approximately 10 years. If your water heater is older, have it checked by a professional plumber to ensure safety. (The first 4 numbers in your heater’s serial number indicate the month and year of manufacture.)
3) Sprinkler lines:
Spring is a time when many people use sprinklers to help bring their lawns back to lush growth after winter. Check your outdoor pipes, faucets, valves, and hose bibs for signs of water leaks.
These are just a few ideas to help you maintain your home plumbing system. Here at Acadian Plumbing, we can help with all of these services, and much more. If you have a plumbing concern, don’t delay. Call Acadian Plumbing at 504-466-7809 to find out how we can help you with all your residential or commercial plumbing needs.