As spring arrives, we naturally focus on the season’s fresh start. For many homeowners alike, spring is also the perfect time for cleaning and organizing tasks. We are here to remind you not to overlook your plumbing system in the process! After enduring winter, it will need some maintenance to work well for the upcoming rainy season. Neglecting certain parts could result in expensive repairs later on. Today, Huber Heights Plumbing & Drain aims to equip you with our useful spring preparation tips to protect your home and plumbing system. This will give you peace of mind as you get ready for the spring season!  

1. Your Water Heater   

Your water heater works quietly to give you heated water when you need it. As spring approaches, it’s easy to overlook your water heater. But now is a great time to check for any maintenance requirements. 

  • Temperature: To begin, ensure your water heater is set to the recommended temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit or slightly lower, as advised by the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission). 
  • Visual: It’s been a long winter. So, check for signs of corrosion on your water heater, including valves and connections. If you see rust or anything unusual, call a professional to assess the damage. It could be minor, but addressing any issues now can prevent costly problems later on. In the same regard, you should also look for dust on or around the vicinity of the water heater. Over time, it’s normal for this area to accumulate dust and debris. If you find this to be true with your water heater, take a moment to gently sweep around It. You may use a vacuum with a nozzle attachment if that makes it easier for you to complete the task. Just don’t forget to practice caution and move very carefully. Lastly, if the unit has dust on top of it, carefully wipe down the water heater with a damp cloth. Just make sure it’s wiped dry afterward. 
  • Audible: Strange noises can be an early warning sign that your system is under strain. So, if you hear unusual sounds, especially sizzling, hissing, or crackling, it might be time to call a professional to check your water heater. 

Keep in mind, a water heater usually lasts 8-12 years based on maintenance. If yours is nearing this range, it may be time for a replacement. 

Fun Fact to Remember: Did you know the first day of spring this year in 2024 is on the 19th of March? 

2. Your Sump Pump   

For homes with a sump pump, remember that early spring signals high-water tables. It’s the rainy season after all! Making sure your sump pump is in good shape and prepared to handle the load can prevent issues like basement flooding. Protecting your belongings and your home’s structure is a wise move you won’t regret. 

  • Power: Check that your sump pump is working by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit to test its reaction. If it does not activate as it is supposed to, you can try troubleshooting it yourself if you feel comfortable doing so. Click here for information on how to troubleshoot your sump pump or feel free to give us a call so we can come diagnose and resolve the issue for you! 
  • Pit: Remove any accumulated debris or sediment from the sump pump’s pit. Ensure there are no loose particles that could block the pump’s efficiency. If you find any, gently take it out. Also, check that the sump pump lid is securely placed to prevent debris from falling in. On top of that you should keep the pump area clean and clutter-free at all times to avoid potential clogs and other plumbing issues! 

3. Your Indoor Drains   

The oncoming April showers may just test your home’s drains. Debris buildup can lead to water issues. So, it’s best to make sure all your drains are clear and ready to handle the spring season. 

  • Kitchen Sink: If you have a garbage disposal, check if it’s working properly and if the water is draining well. Since it’s a key part of your kitchen, give it some care on a regular basis. Clean your kitchen sink drain using natural products like baking soda and vinegar. For a fresh scent, you can use lemon juice. Avoid harsh chemical drain cleaners as they can harm your drain and pipes. 
  • Bathroom Sinks, Tubs, Showers & Toilets: Make sure your bathroom drains are clean and free of any blockages. Remove drain stoppers and screens from sinks, tubs, and showers. Next, clear out any hair or gunk buildup. Test by running the water to ensure proper drainage. Last of all, check all toilets for to see if they are properly flushing and draining. 
  • Floor Drains: Sweep around your floor drains and remove any stray hair, dust, or loose particles. You may pour hot water down the drains to keep them clear for use. If they need extra attention, vinegar and baking soda work well for cleaning. Just make sure to rinse everything thoroughly with water after cleaning. 

4. Your Gutters, Downspouts, & Outdoor Drains   

Let’s head outside. Your gutters and downspouts play a key role in directing water away from your home. So, it’s crucial to add them to your spring-cleaning checklist! Clogged gutters can lead to water pooling near your foundation, potentially causing issues. As winter debris clears, your gutters may be filled with unexpected materials blocking water flow.  

 *First and foremost, prioritize safety. If you’re unsure about using a ladder or lack the proper tools, don’t hesitate to seek professional help instead.   

  • Check the Gutters: Prepare your ladder, gloves, and cleaning tools to clear your gutters. They might not need cleaning yet, but it’s best to check before the heavy April showers arrive! Please gently clear out any debris you may find. 
  • Check the Downspouts: Don’t forget to inspect your downspouts during your gutter check. They play a crucial role in your gutter system. Even if your gutters are clean, clogged downspouts can cause water buildup. So, check and clear them out if needed. You can remove the bottom piece to ensure it’s clear, remove any debris, and then put it back. On top of that, consider using a downspout extension to redirect water further away (if applicable). 
  • Check the Outdoor Drains: It’s common for leaves, petals, sticks, and mud to gather over drains. This could have happened during winter and might have occurred in spring, too. Just inspect your outdoor drains around the yard and house to ensure they’re clear. If you see any blockages, carefully remove them with a rake or outdoor broom.   

By keeping your gutters, downspouts, and outdoor drains clear, you protect your plumbing and home from erosion and flooding. It’s a win-win situation all around! 

Spring marks new beginnings and is the ideal time to check your plumbing for the upcoming warmer months. By including these four plumbing checks in your seasonal home maintenance, you prevent issues and extend your plumbing’s lifespan. Remember, for complex tasks, contact a professional plumber like Huber Heights Plumbing & Drain

Call Huber Heights Plumbing & Drain today at (937) 764-3381, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!