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With the harsh winter weather in the rearview and the spring showers on their way, it’s probably a good time to give your plumbing system a checkup. No spring cleaning is complete without a review and refresh of the plumbing system. This article brought to you by Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Blair County is going to give you some solid plumbing tips for spring. If you have any specific questions or concerns, then feel free to reach out to Mr. Rooter Plumbing. Our friendly professionals are always happy to help and our live representatives are available 24/7/365. Our certified plumbers are also ready to dispatch for emergency calls. Let’s get started.
Check Pipe and Drain Conditions
The freezing winter temperatures can cause a lot of damage to pipes, generally made of metal. When water freezes, it can expand up to 10% of its volume, placing that much more pressure on the pipes. This can cause blockages, cracks, and even burst pipes. You are very likely to know if a pipe has burst, but cracks can go undetected unless actively inspected.
Run through the property and visually inspect around pipes for moisture and signs of leaks. Check for water stains, mold, and mildew. Next, turn off all faucets, the dishwasher, and washing machine. In short, make sure there is nothing running water. Then, read your water meter and see if the numbers are changing. If the numbers are moving up, then you may have a serious leak. If the numbers are not changing, then note the number and come back in a couple of hours to check again. If the numbers have changed even though you have not used any water, then you may have a slow leak.
Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Blair County if you suspect a leak. Our certified plumbers can pinpoint and repair the leak today.
Check the Sump Pump
The sump pump is responsible for pumping excess water away from your building. With the spring showers on their way, it’s important that the sump pump is functioning. Clean out any debris in the sump pit, then test the sump pump by pouring a bucket of water into the pit. This should activate the switch and pump the water away. We also recommend including some vinegar in the bucket of water to eliminate mold, mildew, and foul odors in the sump pump.
Adjust the Water Heater
Hot showers and baths are amazing in the winter. It makes sense to set the thermostat of the water heater high during the winter, but there is no reason to have it set to anything over 120 degrees during any other season. Adjust the thermostat under 120 degrees and check the water heater for damage while you are there.
Call the Professionals
If you want a thorough inspection and revitalization of your plumbing system, then consider hiring a certified plumber by calling Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Blair County. Our live representatives are on standby to take your call now. We are happy to schedule a flexible appointment or arrange an emergency dispatch today.