Now that spring has finally arrived, many homeowners are choosing to get outside and tackle that long list of outdoor projects that have been on hold over the course of the winter. Even tho the milder weather and temperatures make this time of year ideal for tackling those outdoor improvements, it is important that you don't forget about the other vital aspects of your home that you can't see during this time of year, like your plumbing system. While it might not seem like spring is a time of year where you need to be overly concerned about something going wrong with your plumbing system, there are several plumbing issues that tend to be more common during this time of year, and it pays to know what you should be on the lookout for, and what you can do to keep these issues from getting out of hand. To help you in this, our team of professionals have taken the time to put together this short article highlighting exactly what some of these issues are, and what you can do to keep them in check.
Check Your Bathrooms
Leaking toilets are always an issue to be on the lookout for, but we tend to get more calls about them in spring than at other times of the year. While water leaking from the tank into the bowl isn't usually going to be overly harmful to your home, this constant usage can start to add up over time, and can make a dramatic impact when it comes to your monthly water bills over time. The most effective method of checking for these leaks is to put a few drops of food coloring into you toilet's tank and let it sit for about half an hour. After that time, if you notice that the water in your toilet bowl has changed color, it's a pretty clear-cut sign that there is an issue with at least one of the components in your reservoir. From here, the best course of action is to call in a plumbing professional who can get to the bottom of the issue and get it resolved for you so you stop losing water unnecessarily.
Protect Your Sewer Lines From Growing Roots
Spring is the time for growing, whether its your grass, your garden, or the trees around your property, and as the weather continues to warm up, everything is going to start spreading its roots and searching for water. In the case of trees, this can be particularly problematic as their roots sometimes have a tendency to work their way into your plumbing lines through cracks or damages in their search. Tree roots can cause serious blockages if they find their way into your plumbing lines, not to mention the damage they can cause in the process, so this spring, you will want to make sure that your have your underground pipes inspected and serviced to ensure they aren't at risk of having tree roots invade as the weather continues to heat up in the coming months.
Inspect Your Faucets
Leaking faucets can be a nuisance for more reasons that just the constant dripping sound they make. Depending on the severity of your leak, a leaking faucet can have a fairly large impact over time on your water bills, especially if you have more than one faucet that's doing it. This spring, make sure that your check for moisture in the areas around your faucets, as oftentimes they can develop a leak that is hidden from sight, especially in cases where they run under your sink or cabinets, and if you find any, call in a plumbing professionals as soon as possible to find the source of the leak and put a stop to it.
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Homeowners know that regular maintenance and inspection of their homes and property can be key to stopping small problems from becoming big problems. However, even the most diligent homeowner may not know exactly how to check if their plumbing is in good, working order. Hidden leaks can grow over time, causing water damage that can lead to mold or structural damage to your home. Repairs for major water damage are costly and inconvenient, so it is always best to know what signs to look for that may indicate you have a plumbing issue in your home. Routine inspections of your pipes, faucets, and drains, can help you catch small plumbing problems before they become much larger problems.
Inspecting for Hidden Problems
To inspect your property, start by testing all the faucets in your home. If you turn them on and the water pressure seems unusually low, you may have an hidden leak somewhere in your home. Your water should be coming in a steady stream, and anything less than that may indicate a problem. While you are running your faucets, make sure to observe the drains as well. The water should be flowing into the drain without pooling. If your drain appears to be backing up, you may have a clog forming. If you suspect that your Brentwood home has a clog forming, contact the experts at In Demand Plumbing to have it cleared.
Next, inspect all the exposed pipes in your home, particularly ones that are hidden under sinks or behind the toilet. Look closely for any signs of moisture. A puddle may be an obvious sign, but some leaks are so small at first that the only clue will be dampness. While you are checking the area for moisture, don't forget to inspect the pipes for any sign of corrosion, especially around the joints. Damp metal corrodes faster than dry metal, so corroded joints could indicate water damage. Leaks can mean major trouble for your household. In addition to the potential for water damage and mold, leaks can add hundreds of additional gallons of usage to your water bill every month. If you suspect that your pipes show signs of a slow leak, contact a professional Brentwood plumber to assess and repair the problem before it grows.
Last, if you are able to read your own water meter, you may be able to determine if there are any undetected leaks in your home. Simply read the meter when you know the house will be unoccupied for a few hours. When you return, read it again. If nobody has been home to use any water, then the reading should not have changed at all. If it has, that may mean water is flowing out through am undetected leak in your pipes. If you show signs of usage on your water meter when no water has been used, you may want to have a professional Brentwood plumber assess the problem as soon as possible.
Preventing Plumbing Dysfunction
In addition to regularly inspecting your Brentwood property for any signs of plumbing trouble, there are steps you can take to help keep unwanted problems at bay. After all, there is an old adage that say “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. One preventative measure is to be sure to avoid pouring oil or grease into your sinks, because it can solidify in your pipes, creating a serious clog. Another idea to consider is adding a mesh guard to your sinks, to keep food, hair, and other unwanted material from clogging the pipes in your home. You can even add a lint trap to the end of your washing machine discharge hose to prevent lint from clogging your drains. Finally, experts recommend hiring a professional to complete your annual water heater maintenance, which can go a long way towards helping prevent plumbing problems in your home. The licensed plumbers at In Demand plumbing do offer water heater maintenance services as well, to help you keep your household water needs met.
Professional inspections from the Brentwood plumbers at In Demand Plumbing can more thoroughly check your home for signs of leaks, clogs, water pressure problems, and other signs of plumbing dysfunction. Call the plumbing experts at In Demand Plumbing today for your plumbing inspection, maintenance, and plumbing repair needs!
If you’re looking for plumbers in Brentwood, call In Demand Plumbing at 925-470-0142, or fill out our online request form.
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