There’s a lot you should be doing in the next few weeks. You’ll need to begin preparing your home for the spring time. There are a few simple steps to do so. You should always inspect any water lines on the inside walls of the home. If there are any water spots or water damage that can be a strong indicator of a pipe leak. You’ll also want to inspect the water lines that are running along the outside walls of your home as these pipes are the most susceptible to freezing during the winter. When a pipe freezes it can cause the pipe to burst which would be a fairly noticeable thing, but also it can give your pipes pin hole leaks which are not as noticeable. Also speaking of pipes that are on the outside walls you’ll want to test your outdoor faucets. To do so simply make sure there are no hoses attached to these faucets and let them run for several minutes. After letting the faucets run turn them off and inspect the wall and the ground. If there is any dampness in the wall chances are that the faucet or pipe leading to the faucet froze over the winter. Also always pay attention to the pressure of all of the faucets in your home. Low water pressure can also be a sign of leakage in the pipes or even in the faucet itself.
If you have a tank style hot water heater now would be the best time to check it and do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance. To do this you’ll want to drain the water heater which will shake lose and sediment that has built up in the tank. You’ll also want to inspect all of the piping of connecting to the water heater to see if there is any leaking occurring. Once that has been completed simply refill the tank. Another thing you’ll want to do is inspect the area around the septic pumps in your home. If there is any dampness around the pump that could be a good indication of a clog in the line, build up or even a pump that is malfunctioning. It’s always best to stay ahead of these issues before you end up having a serious problem like basement back up, which could potentially cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. If you don’t feel comfortable with doing all of this or if you encounter any issues you should always call a local, licensed plumber.
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