As winter ends and the atmosphere starts warming up, you should start checking on your plumbing. When nothing really seems wrong, you might not consider that you need plumbing services, but think about the effects of a cold, rainy climate on your plumbing. This simple checklist will help you prepare for spring to make sure everything is in order.
Proper Clearance for Your Drainage
Since spring is right around the corner, you should start checking your drainage pipes. There will likely be a lot of dirt and debris that was caught up in your rain gutters during the winter. This may include leaves, mud, and other muck. It’s a good idea to remove these blocks as soon as possible. These rotting materials can find their way into your drains and quickly clog them up. This is an issue, especially during the rainy season.
Sump Pump Testing
If your home has a sump pump, it’s good to test how well it’s working. Heavy spring rains can also clog it up, causing water damage to your home. During testing, find out if it needs to be replaced, or simply cleaned.
Poorly Insulated Pipes
While this isn’t usually a problem in most parts of California, pipes that are affected the most are those that can freeze in the winter because they’re not properly insulated. It doesn’t take much for pipes to burst if the temperature drops, suddenly causing expansion. Remember, water expands when it freezes. If you have any exposed pipes on your property, be sure to check that they weren’t cracked over the course of the winter. We do get some very cold nights, even in California.
Check for Leaking Faucets and Toilets
Look over the faucets, shower heads, and toilets in your home. Dripping can add up and raise your monthly water bill. Make sure all this hardware is still functioning properly. Sometimes you’ll find a need for maintenance or repairs. Fix these issues before the leaks cause water damage. For example, a leak under the kitchen sink can cause the wood to warp on your cabinets.
Fixture and Pipe Evaluation
Even if there’s nothing wrong with your pipes, as far as you can tell, it doesn’t hurt to review how well everything is working. Check to see if there’s an adequate flow of water through your pipes. If the pressure is lower or slower than usual, that can indicate there’s a leak somewhere. Check your running pipes and see if there’s water damage to your walls or ceiling.
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Call a Professional
If anything is out of the ordinary, the best move is to contact your plumber for plumbing service as soon as possible. It doesn’t take very long before a dripping pipe can turn into a steady leak. As cracks expand, they can suddenly split as the water pressure increases.
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Shepherd’s is Here to Help
Do you need a skilled plumber? Shepherd’s Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning is a reliable HVAC company that can help solve these issues and more. We do repairs and installations, too. Give our experienced team a call at (650) 861-4995.