Louisville and Lexington residents are more than familiar with Kentucky’s heavy rains during the spring and early summer months. It’s important to utilize that knowledge by preparing your home for an increase of water inflow. A few checkups now can save you costly repairs down the road. Follow these five tips for preparing your home for spring, and you’ll be ready to go when the storms start rolling in.
1. Consider a Backup Sump Pump
Sump pumps prevent water from seeping into your home’s foundation or flooding your basement. During spring’s heavy rains, your sump pump is one of the most important pieces of plumbing equipment in your house. In the event of an electrical storm, it can quickly become the most useless if you lose power. That’s why it’s important to consider a water pressure powered backup pump. Installations are affordable, especially considering the value of preventing water from backing up into your finished or unfinished basement. A few hundred dollars can save you thousands in repair and property lost, not to mention the headache of it all.
You can check and ensure your main sump pump is working properly by pouring several buckets of water into the sump pit and watching it pump the water out. Call us for a free quote on installing your backup sump pump.
2. Check Your Water Heater
You should check your water heater at least once a year, and it’s a good idea to adjust your thermostat with the change of the seasons. With the temperatures rising, the ground temperatures will as well. For that reason, we recommend dialing back your water heater’s thermostat to 120°F. This prevents your water from being excessively hot, which can save money on your energy bills.
Speaking of saving on money, if you have an outdated model that is over 10 years old, it’s time to consider a new water heater. About 30 percent of your home’s energy budget goes to heating water, so a newer, more efficient model can really cut down on your bills. Check out these online coupons to save even more on your installation.
3. Check Outdoor Faucets
You shouldn’t have any problems from frozen pipes if you prepared your home for winter, but it’s important to check each outdoor faucet by turning it on and following the pipe inside your home. If you see any drips or leaks, the pipe may have expanded and cracked over the winter. Small leaks can turn into major problems, so it’s best to call a plumber right away.
4. Clean Unused Drains
Drains that aren’t frequently used, such as basement floor drains, can slowly become clogged with debris over time. In the event of an emergency, these drains are vital to getting water out and preventing your home from flooding and causing expensive damage. Check these drains every spring by pouring a bucket of water down them. If the water drains slow, you can snake the drain yourself or call us for help.
5. Clean Your Gutters and Window Wells
When gutters and downspouts fill with leaves and debris, water will overflow and seep into the ground close to your home. This may not seem like a big deal at first, but over time the water can cause major damage to your home’s foundation. While this is not a service we provide, it is a good practice for every homeowner to clean their gutters, downspouts and window wells at the beginning of spring to remove leaves from the previous autumn.
Following these five tips will ensure your home is ready for the unpredictable Kentucky weather. If you’re in Louisville or Lexington and discover any problems while prepping your home, call Dauenhauer. We’ll send one of our licensed plumbing technicians right away to inspect and fix any issues you have.