April showers bring May flowers—but they can also bring with them a whole set of springtime plumbing headaches. Spring thunderstorms, thawing snow, and other factors can wreak havoc on your sewer system, sump pump, gutters, and beyond.
In addition to spring cleaning your kitchen or bedroom closet, spring cleaning should also include checking up on your home’s plumbing system. That way, you can avoid stressful, expensive, and time-consuming plumbing issues later on.
We’ve compiled four of the most common spring plumbing issues and springtime plumbing tips for homeowners below.
1) Make sure your sump pump is working properly
Your home’s sump pump protects you against water buildup in your basement. When spring thunderstorms roll in, your sump pump becomes especially important in preventing flooding. By ensuring that your sump pump is working properly, you can avoid big problems down the road.
Signs that your sump pump isn’t working like it should include strong, unusual odors, weird noises, and, most obviously, rising water. There could be clogs, mold, leaks, or damaged parts in your sump pump. If you notice any of these indications, it’s time to get your sump pump checked out.
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2) Check up on your sewer system
Your sewer system is central to your home’s functionality. Without it, you can’t bring water in or out of your house. After a heavy winter, it’s not unlikely that you’ll find a leaking pipe that was damaged by the cold or some other sewer issue.
Flatley’s Plumbing Express offers an extensive variety of sewer repair services, including video camera sewer inspections, sewer cleaning services, sewer line repair, and more. Find out more about our sewer repair services here.
3) Inspect your yard drains, downspouts, gutters, and spigots
With rainstorms, budding leaves, and birds making their first nests of the year, there’s a lot of potential for clogs and floods. If you live in the Chicago area, it’s probably been months since you’ve checked up on your gutters, spigots, and other outdoor drains. After all, snow and ice make going up on your gutters risky business!
If left unchecked, debris buildup will lead to clogs, water damage, and mold. Nip these issues in the bud by inspecting them as part of your spring cleaning process.
4) Give all of your faucets, drains, and toilets a once-over
If you’re already scrubbing your bathroom floors and cleaning the toilet, why not add checking the appliances for any plumbing issues to your spring cleaning list? By examining your faucets and toilets for leaks and making sure your drains are working properly, you’ll have a clean and functional home.
This will also save you money on your next water bill. Win-win! If you do discover some issues, there’s no need to worry. Look into our selection of residential plumbing services for expert assistance on any of these issues.
Don't forget about your pipes during your spring cleaning!
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