Spring is finally here and with the change of seasons brings warm weather, longer days and the opportunity to start fresh with some spring cleaning! As you prepare your home for the upcoming nice weather, it’s important you don’t ignore your plumbing. While it may seem like a minor thing to keep up with, your plumbing is essentially the backbone of your home, keeping everything running smoothly. The experts at Fosh Plumbing & Heating are sharing their spring plumbing checklist and what you need to do before the change of seasons to ensure your home is prepared and ready to go for the significant temperature changes that are ahead.
Check for Leaks Inside and Outside
The first (and simplest) step in your spring plumbing checklist should be to inspect your home for leaks. Check faucets, toilets and all pipes indoors and outdoors. It’s also a good idea to take a peek at less-trafficked areas of your home like inside cabinets, in crawl spaces and in your attic. Cold temperatures can freeze pipes, making spring the optimal time to spot any leaks. Go outside and look at your gutter system and any drains that are on your property and make sure they are cleared from all debris. Remember to remove pipe jackets and faucet covers from your outside plumbing. If you suspect a leak, call the professionals at Fosh!
Maintain Your Water Heater
You can perform these simple maintenance tasks on your water heater to ensure it is running optimally come springtime. First, drain and flush your water heater to remove any buildup or sediment that may have accumulated over the winter. This should be done annually, and spring is the perfect time for this task. Make sure the temperature is set to where you like it. A good rule of thumb is setting it no higher than 120 degrees. If you had insulation around your water heater, remove it and for safety reasons, move away any items near your unit.
Certain appliances, like your dishwasher, washing machine and ice maker all have water supply hoses connected to them. Spring is an ideal time to check these hoses for leaks or bulging. If your water supply hoses are showing signs of aging or are over ten years old, it might be time to think about replacing them. Additionally, you should clean your dishwasher drain and unclog any blocked holes on the sprayer arm.
Schedule a Plumbing Inspection
For preventative maintenance that will help keep your plumbing system in optimal condition, call the pros at Fosh! Many homes do not have proper sump pump coverage in their homeowner’s policy. It is important to maintain sump pumps and piping! When you schedule an inspection with us, we can look at your home’s entire plumbing system, searching for leaks or repairs and we can also help service your water heater or sump pump. Don’t wait until it’s too late!
Prevent plumbing mishaps from occurring this season by scheduling a plumbing inspection with Fosh Plumbing & Heating. Our experts have over 20 years of experience in plumbing and can ensure timely service to help you avoid costly repairs and the headaches that come with them. Whether it’s a leaky faucet or your sump pump isn’t draining, call us today at (610) 496 5700 or contact us here. We’re here for all your plumbing needs!