Spring has sprung. The weather’s getting warmer, the skies a little bluer, and the time has come to do that inevitable cleaning. But as you start in on those home improvements, don’t forget about an often overlooked area – your plumbing. Here are a few maintenance ideas to ensure all parts of your home are getting the love they deserve.
Check That Water Heater
If you were as cold as the rest of us this past winter, you likely turned up the temperature on your water heater. We recommend keeping your water heater set to 120 degrees. If you go hotter than that, it could lead to scalding and may cut back the service life of your water heater, so it’s important to make sure you’re operating within the right temperature range. While you’re doing that, also take a look for signs of corrosion and leaks.The winter months can do a lot of damage to your outdoor utilities. Your sprinklers and faucets really take a beating because they can freeze and potentially break. When temperatures outside have thawed, keep an eye on your outdoor pipes for signs of water leaks. If you notice a water leak in your home the first time you turn on your hose or other faucets, this could be a sign that one of your pipes froze and broke during the winter.
Take a Look Under Your Sinks
Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to look under your sinks to check the supply hoses that run to your dishwasher, clothes washer and other water-using appliances. Look for warning signs like moisture, puddles, rust, and corrosion. If you see any of these, you may have a leak on your hands.
Clean Gutters and Down Spouts
After a long fall and winter, your gutters and downspouts may be full of pine needles, leaves, twigs and other debris. Clean out your gutters and use a plumber’s auger to clear out your downspouts. This will prevent leaks in your home and prevent water damage during spring showers.
And as always, if you have any questions about your spring plumbing cleaning, just call your Lexington Dauenhauer, any hour.