Spring is officially here! As the weather heats up, you may consider spring cleaning your home. But while planning your cleaning and gardening, you should also give your household plumbing a check. Your plumbing is crucial to maintaining a functioning hot water system and ensuring that you don’t wake up one day to no water!
Regular plumbing maintenance can save you stress, time, and a hefty emergency plumbing bill in the future – and they are easier done than you think. So here are the top 4 plumbing checks you can easily do this spring.
Check Your Hot Water System
Your hot water system has likely been working overtime during winter, so it’s essential to keep it maintained. If you notice that it is taking longer for your shower to heat up or stay hot, your hot water system may require a service.
Almost 21 per cent of the energy used in an average Australian household is generated by heating water, and this figure would only climb higher if your hot water isn’t serviced. Generally, you should service your hot water system every couple of years to ensure it is functioning properly and to prolong its lifespan.
Not all problems with hot water require a change in the system. But if your hot water is older than 15 years, you should consider replacing it with a newer, safer and more efficient model.
Check for Leaks
From icy nights to warm days, temperature changes can harm pipes because they expand and contract in response to temperature changes, which will cause leaks and burst pipes.
You can check for piping leaks by looking at the pipes inside and outside your house. For example, notice if there are any faucet leaks by ensuring no water is coming out of the connections. You can also check your toilet for drips or leaks by noticing any damp patches or leaky pipes.
Check Your Drains
Heavy winter downpours can cause clogging and temporary flooding to your drains, which could destroy your property. Besides that, a backup of wastewater can also cause serious sanitation issues, which could be a health hazard to your household.
So while you’re spring cleaning, check your drains for any signs of blockage. A common sign of blocked drains is flooding or the appearance of swampy areas around your home. If your skin, bathtubs and toilets are slow to drain, then it could also be a sign of a blocked drain.
Check Your Roof and Gutters
With warmer weather on the way, it’s essential to ensure your roof and gutters are clear of debris to allow for proper drainage. Cleaning downpipes and gutters is a relatively easy job, and they should flow freely if they are cleaned a couple of times a year. However, if you have many trees nearby, you should clean them more often. Gutter cleaning should be done safely, so always use the right tools and equipment, such as work gloves, ladders and leaf scooper.
Checking up on your plumbing this spring is the best way to avoid any headaches in the future, and it doesn’t take much time to do. However, if you encounter any problems while doing your spring cleaning or if you’d like assistance with your plumbing maintenance, then Seaview Plumbing is the expert.
From drain cleaning to fixing your hot water systems, we are available 24 hours a day for any regular or emergency plumbing needs in Adelaide. To speak to our friendly team, call Seaview Plumbing at 1 300 634 308. Alternatively, you can send us an email or message us on Facebook.