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Spring Cleaning for Your Plumbing

Spring is a beautiful time of the year. The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and it’s time to check over your plumbing system! It might not sound very glorious, but it’s a good idea to make sure your water pipes and drains are functioning well. The winter chill has left the air, making it easier and more convenient to get a good look at all your pipes. Also, those spring showers we’re all expecting could introduce extra water into your drains.

If you have a sump pump, make sure it’s working properly. Pour water into the sump pit until the pump kicks on. Make sure it turns on and off easily and at the correct water level. Ensure no foreign objects are blocking the float switch.

-Clear any debris out of your gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters don’t allow for the proper drainage of rainwater, instead making it accumulate next to your foundation.

-Check outdoor faucets and spigots and ensure they work properly. These fixtures could have frozen and broken over the cold months if they weren’t winterized.

-Examine your vent pipes. Birds and wasps like to make their homes here.

-Pour a gallon of water into any floor drains. This fills the trap and keeps bad smells from the sewage system from entering your home.

-Flooding can cause sewage systems to back up into homes. Have a backflow valve installed to prevent this issue.

-Install flood alarms in areas of your home that are susceptible to leaks or overflows, such as bathrooms and basements.

-Inspect any water lines that run outside your home, such as in crawl spaces or garages, to make sure they didn’t freeze and crack over the winter.

Checking over your plumbing system on a regular basis, such as when the seasons change, is a great way to prevent leaks and other disasters. If you find that you have problems or if you need help with an inspection, just call A&W Plumbing!