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Back Home After A Long Winter? 4 Steps To Get Your Plumbing Ready For Spring

Spring will be here soon. If you've been away for the winter, it's time to get your home ready to be lived in again. If you haven't inspected your plumbing yet, you should take care of that as soon as possible. Your plumbing sat dormant all winter, which means there could be some hidden problems that will need to be tended to. Here's a list of four plumbing issues you should take care of now that you're home.

Inspect Your Sewer Lines

There are a lot of things that can damage or even destroy your sewer lines. If you've been away all winter long, the first thing you need to do is have your sewer lines inspected. This is a particularly important step if you have mature trees or large shrubbery growing in your yard. Tree roots can grow right into your sewer lines. If they grow too large, they can cause your sewer lines to collapse, which can lead to costly repairs. Before you encounter problems, have your sewer lines inspected for tree roots and other types of plumbing issues.

Clean Your Drains

If it's been a while since you had your drains cleaned – or if you've never had them cleaned – now's a good time to get that taken care of. Dirty drains can lead to foul odors and can even cause you to experience frequent clogs. Hydro-jetting – a method used for cleaning drains – will remove all the grime that's collecting inside your drains. If your plumber found tree roots during their inspection, hydro-jetting will even clear up that problem for you. The high-pressure water used for hydro-jetting will cut right through those roots and flush them through your sewer lines so you don't have to worry about them anymore.

Service Your Water Heater

If your water heater hasn't been used all winter long, it could have developed a buildup of rust and sediment at the bottom of the tank. That sediment can wreak havoc on your water heater once you fire it up again. If you have hard water deposits in the tank, they can rupture your water heater once the water heats up. Before you experience a water heater malfunction, have it inspected and serviced.

Check for Leaks

Plumbing gaskets and fittings can wear out if they're not used often enough. While you're servicing your plumbing for spring use, inspect your fixtures for leaks. Pay close attention to the fixtures under your cabinets and outside. If you see signs of leakage, you'll need to have repairs taken care of as soon as possible.

Now that the warm weather has brought you back home, make sure your plumbing is ready for use. Take advantage of the tips provided here to avoid plumbing problems this spring. For professional assistance with any plumbing problems, contact a company like AAA Home Services.