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Spring Plumbing: Heating Devices and Other Appliances

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Blog Highlights

  • It’s important to perform a spring-time cleaning of all aspects of your plumbing
  • As the weather warms up and summer approaches, you’ll want to start using your air conditioner
  • This may go without saying, but you should check your gutters and outside drains

With Spring right around the corner, there are some things you should keep in mind regarding your plumbing. If you’re living in Salt Lake City or Park City, it’s important to perform a spring-time cleaning of all aspects of your plumbing, including drains and pipes related to heating devices and other common household appliances.

Air Conditioners

As the weather warms up and summer approaches, you’ll want to start using your air conditioner. Spring is a good time to have your annual air conditioner check up. It’s important to maintain your air conditioner and get it checked regularly to ensure efficiency. An efficient air conditioner can save you money by reducing your energy bills.

Gutters and Drains

This may go without saying, but you should check your gutters and outside drains. It’s important to keep these clear from debris so they function properly and efficiently. After the ice and snow of winter, you should also check for any cracks or other signs of damage.

Heating Devices

Your water heater has been working hard throughout the winter. As the weather warms up, you should consider draining some of the water from your heater. This will help remove sediments that may have built up in the bottom of your heater. If left untouched, these sediments can eventually reduce the effectiveness and efficiency of your unit. It’s also important to check the temperature of the water. It should be below or at 120°F. If you notice that it is too hot or not working properly, it may be time to replace your heater and it’s certainly

Hoses

With spring in the air, you’ll be itching to get into your garden. Occasionally frozen water might have gotten trapped in your hose bibs or pipes and created cracks. Check your hoses and pipes to make sure there aren’t any leaks, cracks, or splits.

Sump Pump

If you have a sump pump, you should make sure that it is still in good working order.  You can easily test your pump by pouring a few buckets of water into the collection basin of the pump. The sump pump should automatically activate, pump the water, and shut off. If you notice any issues, call your local plumber.

Washers

The water hoses of your washing machine can sometimes develop leaks due to the extreme temperatures of freezing winters and warming springs. Replacing these pipes is easy and cheap compared to water damage that might result form leaking or faulty hoses. You should also ensure that the lint trap in your washing machine is free from lint. Consider installing a filter to help keep your drain hose clear from debris.

If you have a dish washer, you should also inspect its water hoses for any damage or leaks.

Water Supply Valve

Though this valve is not something you need to touch on a regular basis it is a good idea to turn it on and off every spring to keep it from sticking.

Need some help with you spring plumbing check? Call us today!