Spring Plumbing 101
As Springtime is fast approaching (currently braving 36-degree weather), homeowners start thinking of spring cleaning, including dusting the garage, storing winter clothes for the whole family, and changing home décor to lively colors. Have you considered adding a plumbing checklist to your spring-cleaning activities? It may not seem like a big deal, but what if I told you preventative maintenance can save you thousands of dollars in costly plumbing repairs and replacements? We’ve compiled a list of plumbing fixtures you can check as Spring approaches in beautiful Utah.
Replace Filters on Drains – No one likes a slow or smelly drain. Replace your drain filters once a year to keep your drains running smooth and clean. The last thing you want is a clogged sink or shower.
Water Heater – Make sure your water heater temperature is set properly to avoid irregular fluctuation with your faucet water temperature, and save on bills!
Check Water Supply Taps – It’s no secret that water in Utah is particularly hard. With higher levels of calcium, deposits may build up, causing rigidness in certain places. Keep those taps moving to easily protect your home.
Check Outdoor Faucets – Did you forget to drain your lines before the 32-degree weather hit? Even if you were proactive about this step, frozen water can still cause winter pipe damage. Turn on each faucet and place your hand over the opening. If your hand either slows down or stops the water flow, you may have a leak that’s causing your water bill to be higher.
Inspect Gutters & Downspouts – During the winter months your gutters and downspouts are most likely collecting branches, mud, and other debris that eventually makes its way into your drains. Clean clean regularly to avoid any future damage.
Look for Tree Roots – We know tree roots invading your homes’ piping system is a scary though. If you have root growth blocking your drains, call T.J. Huggard Plumbing to clear your drains once a year.
Check Your Sump Pump – With heavy rain and melting snow, your basement is at risk of flooding. To make sure your sump pump is working properly, pour a bucket of water in the pit to activate your system. This will help clean the line of any debris. Want to take it a step further? Use a vinegar mixture through the pump to remove any mold or mildew that’s built up.
Our Spring Plumbing Checklist may seem like quite a bit, but it will be worth it when you aren’t worried about longer, warmer days, and are spending your time making plans with friends and family – not your leaking or broken pipes. By following these spring-weather plumbing tips, you and your pipes have a higher chance of dodging costly repair expenses. The experts at T.J. Huggard are fully licensed and insured to help with any of your plumbing needs. If you need any help performing these tips or would like preventative services like hydro jetting, drain and sewer cleaning services or want to learn more, give T.J. Huggard Plumbing a call at 801.787.0373!