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6 Plumbing Tips for the Spring


Spring promises warmer weather, blossoming gardens, and the opportunity to give your home some much-needed care after the long winter months. Among the critical post-winter tasks is ensuring your plumbing system is in top shape to prevent any unwanted surprises or costly repairs down the line. Here are six crucial plumbing tips to help you start the spring season.

1. Inspect for Leaks

After a cold winter, checking all exposed pipes for signs of frost damage or leaks is important. The freeze-thaw cycle can lead to cracks and leaks in your plumbing system that aren't always immediately visible. Look for moisture or small drips under sinks, near your water heater, and around appliances.

2. Clear Gutters and Downspouts

Your gutter system diverts thousands of gallons of water yearly from your home's exterior and foundation walls. Spring is the perfect time to ensure your gutters and downspouts are free from debris such as leaves, twigs, or sediment buildup, which could have accumulated over the fall and winter. Clogged gutters can lead to water damage on your home's interior and exterior.

3. Test Your Sump Pump

The spring often brings heavy rains, and you'll want to ensure your sump pump is operating correctly to avoid flooding. Pour a few buckets of water into the sump pit to test it. The pump should kick on shortly after, remove the water, and turn off automatically. If it doesn't, you may need to have it serviced or replaced.

4. Check Faucets for Drips or Leaks

External faucets are particularly susceptible to freezing and breaking over the winter. Turn on each faucet to ensure there is a steady flow of water. If the flow is interrupted or you notice any drips or leaks, you may have a cracked pipe that needs to be replaced.

5. Clean Faucet Aerators

Over time, aerators on sink faucets can become clogged with mineral deposits, causing a lower water pressure and an irregular spray. Unscrew the aerator, clean it with vinegar or a suitable cleaning solution, and scrub away any sediment before putting it back in place.

6. Schedule a Professional Inspection

Consider hiring a professional plumber to do a thorough spring inspection of your home's plumbing system. A professional can offer a comprehensive assessment and catch issues the untrained eye can easily miss.

Fort Myers Plumbing Services

As the spring season blossoms, ensuring your plumbing is in top condition is as important as any other spring cleaning task. If you're in Naples, FL, and find yourself in need of professional plumbing services, look no further than Pro-Tec Plumbing & Air. Our team of skilled technicians is ready to assist with everything from routine maintenance to emergency repairs. Contact us today at (239) 688-4072 to ensure your home's plumbing is ready for the spring and beyond!

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