Plumbing Tips For Spring - My Plumber Kelowna


By Dave Bangar

How to Prepare Your Plumbing for Spring: A Comprehensive Guide

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With winter in the rear view mirror, it’s time to tackle the tasks that we have put off for the winter. Adding some plumbing maintenance to your spring cleaning list will help keep everything in top working order for the rest of the year. By checking and maintaining your plumbing, you can prevent costly repairs and enjoy a worry-free summer. This comprehensive guide provides you with a practical checklist to prepare your plumbing for the season, along with helpful tips to tackle each task yourself!

Spring Plumbing Checklist

Check faucets for drips and leaks

Inspect all faucets for any signs of drips or leaks. Even a small drip can waste a significant amount of water over time and increase your utility bills. Repairing your faucet(s) should not be overlooked. 

Inspect Your Pipes and Toilets for any Hidden Leaks or Cracks

Carefully inspect exposed pipes under sinks, in basements, and around the house for any signs of moisture, corrosion, or cracks. Check the base of your toilets for any puddling, which may indicate a leak. Use a flashlight to help see in dark areas and run your hands along the pipes to feel for any moisture. If you suspect you have a leak but cannot find it, think about hiring a professional Kelowna plumber that provides leak detection services.

Turn on Outdoor Taps and Check for Leaks

After a long winter, it’s crucial to test your outdoor taps and garden hoses for leaks. Turn on the water supply and observe the tap and hose connections for any signs of leakage. If you notice any major drips or pooling water, it might be time to call for professional plumbing help.

Exercise Supply Valves

Supply valves control the flow of water to various fixtures in your home. These valves can become stiff or stuck if not used regularly. Give them some love and turn each valve off and back on to ensure they are in good working order. If a valve is difficult to turn or is leaking, it might need to be replaced.

Clean Clogs out of Drains

Spring cleaning is the perfect time to clear out any hair, soap, or debris that might be building up in your drains. Simply use a plunger or a plumber’s snake to remove any common drain clogs if you’re comfortable. For preventive maintenance, pour a mixture of vinegar and baking soda down the drains, followed by hot water to flush out any gunk. Chemical cleaners work as well but frequent use can damage your pipes over time. If you find a drain that is backing up or draining slowly, it may be time to call a professional plumber to snake your drain

Check Appliances for Leaks or Hose Bulges 

Inspect appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, and refrigerators with water dispensers for any signs of leaks or hose bulges. Look at the connections and hoses, ensuring they are secure and in good condition. If you find any signs of wear or damage, replace the hoses to prevent potential flooding.

Flush Infrequently Use Drains

Drains in guest bathrooms, basements, or utility sinks that are not used regularly can accumulate odours or debris. Run water through these drains for a few minutes to flush out any stagnant water and prevent foul smells. You can also add a small amount of vinegar to help clean the pipes if you want to go the extra mile.

Test Your Sump Pump

A functioning sump pump is vital for preventing basement flooding. Test your sump pump by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit. The pump should activate and begin draining the water immediately, if it does not, your sump pump may then turn off automatically when finished. If it doesn’t, check the power source and ensure the pump is plugged in. If it doesn’t work, your sump pump needs repair or a new one needs to be installed.

Flush Your Hot Water Heater

Sediment buildup in your hot water heater can reduce its efficiency and lifespan. To flush the heater, turn off the power or gas supply, and attach a garden hose to the drain valve. Run the hose to a floor drain or outside, open the valve, and let the water drain until it runs clear. This process removes sediment and helps maintain the heater’s efficiency. Remember to refill the tank and turn the power or gas back on after flushing.

Get an Inspection from a Professional Kelowna Plumber

While regular maintenance can help keep your plumbing system in good shape, there are times when a professional plumbing inspection is necessary. A licensed Kelowna plumber can identify hidden issues, provide expert advice, and ensure your plumbing is ready for the warmer months. Don’t wait for a minor problem to turn into a major disaster.

For a thorough and reliable inspection, contact My Plumber Kelowna today. Our experienced team is ready to assist you with all your plumbing needs, providing peace of mind and expert service. 

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