Spring has arrived and for many, that means it’s time for some spring cleaning projects! So, whether you’ve got some deep cleaning or organizational projects on your list, we hope you have enjoy your time getting to the things that have been long put-off your regular to do list and on the back burner. As your faithful local plumbing experts, we are here to remind you not to neglect your plumbing system in the process! After all your plumbing system has endured the winter season, so some thorough cleaning and attention to details will go a long way in terms of preventative maintenance. 

Neglecting certain parts of your plumbing system could certainly result in expensive repairs in the future if left alone. Today, Loveland Plumbing & Drain aims to equip you with our practical spring preparation tips. That way, your plumbing system is ready to tackle and withstand the rainy weather of the upcoming spring season!  

1. What About Your Water Heater?   

Your water heater works tirelessly to provide heated water for your comfort at your whim. As the warm weather approaches, it’s easy to overlook its maintenance. It would be a good idea to utilize this time to give your water heater a little bit of TLC. 

  • Temperature Setting: Verify that your water heater is set at the recommended temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit or slightly lower as per the CPSC (The Consumer Product Safety Commission). 
  • Visual Issues: Check your water heater for any signs of corrosion, including valves and connections. If you see rust or anything unusual, call a professional to assess the damage. Addressing any underlying issues promptly can prevent bigger problems down the road. 
  • Audible Sounds: Strange noises can be an early warning sign that your system is stressed. If you hear unusual sounds, like sizzling, hissing, or crackling, it might be time to call a professional to check your water heater. 
  • Cleaning Regimen: You may find the area around the water heater full of dust and dirt. If this is the case with your unit, take a moment to gently sweep around it. You may use a vacuum with a nozzle attachment if needed. Just be sure to practice caution and move slowly. If the unit itself is layered with dust, carefully wipe down the water heater with a damp cloth. Be sure to wipe it dry afterward. 

*Keep in mind, a water heater usually lasts 8-12 years with proper maintenance. If yours is nearing this timeframe, it’s a good idea to think about getting a new one.  

Fun Fact: The first day of spring in 2024 is on March 19th! 

2. What About Your Sump Pump?   

For homes with a sump pump, remember that early spring brings high-water tables. So, make sure your sump pump is in good shape and prepared to handle the workload. This can prevent issues like basement flooding. Protecting your belongings and your home’s integrity is always a wise choice. 

  • Test Check: First, check if your sump pump is working by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit. Ensure it responds correctly. If the sump pump does not turn on or respond as it should, you can try troubleshooting it. Click here for some information on how to troubleshoot your sump pump, or contact us to schedule an appointment!  
  • Pit Check: Make sure to clear out any debris or sediment from the pit. Check for any loose particles that might clog the pump and reduce its effectiveness. Then, remove any debris you find. Also, ensure the sump pump lid is securely in place to prevent debris from falling in. It’s best to keep the area around the sump pump clean and clutter-free to avoid plumbing issues. 

3. What About Your Indoor Drains?   

April showers can mean dealing with drain clogs if your drains aren’t set up for success. During the rainy spring season, your indoor drains can face real challenges. Debris buildup can block drainage, causing water to accumulate and potentially overflow. So, let’s keep your drains clean, clear, and ready to stay prepared for spring! 

  • Kitchen Sink: If you have a garbage disposal, switch it on to check if it’s working properly and if the water is draining correctly. Your kitchen’s garbage disposal is a component that gets used often, so it’s good to give it some care every now and then. You can clean the kitchen sink drain using natural products like baking soda and vinegar. For a fresh scent, you can use lemon juice! Just avoid using strong chemical drain cleaners, as they can actually harm your drain and pipes. 
  • Bathroom Sink, Tub, Shower & Toilet: You should regularly check that all your bathroom drains are clean and free of any blockages. Start by removing drain stoppers and screens from sinks, tubs, and showers. Next, clear out any hair or debris. Confirm all drains are now clear and running and can drain freely. Lastly, be sure to check toilets for flushing and draining issues. 
  • Floor Drains: Sweep around your floor drains to remove hair, dust, and loose particles. Pour hot water down the drains to keep them clear. If needed, use vinegar and baking soda for extra cleaning. Don’t forget to rinse everything thoroughly with water after cleaning. 

4. What About Your Gutters, Downspouts, & Outdoor Drains?   

Your gutters and downspouts play a key role in diverting water from your home. This is a must-do in your spring-cleaning routine, as blocked gutters can lead to water pooling near your foundation, causing damage.  

*First and foremost, prioritize safety. If you’re not comfortable using a ladder or lack the proper tools, it’s best to seek help from a professional. 

  • Check the Gutters: Prepare your ladder, gloves, and cleaning tools to clear your gutters. They might not need cleaning yet, but it’s best to confirm before the April showers do come! If you find leaves or any other debris that does need to be cleared away from your gutters, gently do so. 
  • Check the Downspouts: Don’t forget to inspect your downspouts during your gutter check. They are crucial parts of your gutter system. Even if your gutters are clean and ready to handle rainwater, clogged downspouts can cause issues. So, make sure to check them too. Sometimes, you can remove the lower part of the downspout to confirm it’s clear of debris. Clear out any leaves or twigs if you find any, and then place the downspout back in place after. Take note that you can use a downspout extension to redirect water further away (if necessary). 
  • Check the Outdoor Drains: It’s common for leaves, petals, sticks, and mud to gather over drains. Some might have built up over your outdoor drains in winter and could continue during spring. Check all outdoor drains around your yard and house to ensure they’re not blocked. If you find any obstructions, clear them carefully with a rake or outdoor broom. 

By keeping your gutters, downspouts, and outdoor drains clear, you’re protecting your plumbing and home from erosion and flooding. It’s a win-win situation!   

Spring marks new beginnings and is a great time to check your plumbing for the upcoming warmer months. These four plumbing checks in your seasonal home maintenance routine can prevent issues and extend your system’s lifespan. For complex tasks, please consider seeking help from a professional plumber like Loveland Plumbing & Drain

Call Loveland Plumbing & Drain today at (513) 644-0556, or schedule an appointment now by clicking here!