Are you getting ready for spring cleaning? Are you ready to throw out the old and bring in the new? Here are some ways and reasons for you to incorporate your plumbing system into your spring cleaning plans:

Check all faucets: If you live in an area where it regularly drops below freezing, this freezing could have damaged your exterior faucets. Although you might not notice the damage right now, a plumbing service can confirm whether these faucets need to be repaired. In addition, the hot and dry air of your home's heating system may have dried out the gaskets for your interior faucets. Having all this checked early and repaired or replaced will help to save you money in the long run.

Test your sump pump: If your sump pump is underneath a layer of ice, you'll need to let it thaw before you can test it. Attempting to test a frozen sump pump could damage it. If there is no ice, pour 3-5 gallons of water into your sump pit. You'll want your sump pump to turn on quickly, pump out the water and then turn off. If it takes a while to turn on and then is slow in pumping and turning off, you'll need to call a plumbing service out for them to take a look.

Have your drains cleaned: The cold of winter can cause cooking fats to congeal and build up on the walls of your pipes, even if all you do is wash the occasional greasy pot or pan. This grease can then trap other bits of food and other waste. Although you may not notice any drain slowness right now, that doesn't mean that it isn't there. Have a plumbing service come out to inspect your pipes and clean them out, if necessary. Preemptively cleaning out your pipes will help to prevent later water damage from backed up pipes and costly emergency calls to the plumber in the middle of the night.

Check your crawlspaces: Now is a good time to have a plumbing service inspect crawlspaces above and below your home for signs of trouble. If your pipes have tiny leaks or are showing signs of developing leaks, spring is a good time for repairs. If you wait, you may end up having to do without water for a few days during the hottest part of the summer, until a plumber is able to pay a visit to your home.

For more information, contact Neffsville Plumbing & Heating Services or a similar company.

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