It may technically be Spring, but with the fluctuations in temperature, it’s hard to tell for sure. The one good thing about this is that it gives you a bit more time to get your home in proper form for the warmer months.
Here are some great tips to get (and keep) your home ready for the rest of Spring and Summer:
Inspect Gutters and Eavestroughs
Fall and winter weather can wreak havoc on your gutter and eavestrough systems. One of the best times to do an inspection is during heavy rain, which is typically in no shortage during the spring season.
If the water is flowing properly through the system then all the water should run away from the home and there should be no water runoff from the roof. A thorough inspection should include looking at the gutters and seeing if any look bent, out of shape, or loose.
Also, pay close attention to your downspout. A damaged downspout can lead to poor drainage and water damage to the foundation of your home.
Check for Faucet and Pipe Leaks
Cold weather can cause major damage to pipes and drains around the house. Water can freeze in the pipes and cause cracks and leaks that could lead to more serious problems.
In the spring, it’s recommended you take a trip around the house and check all plumbing.
It’s a good idea to first take a look at any exposed piping. Are there any cracks? Are there damp spots around the pipes? If so, it’s important to call a professional.
The next step is to check toilets, showers, faucets and any other area that deals with running water.
If there is no visible trace of a leak the next step is to listen for any sound of running water. Not only is this important to prevent damaging leaks, but a leaking toilet could put a major dent in your water bill.
The final step is to check the water meter. Turn off the meter and write down the reading. Then wait 15 minutes and make sure that faucets and appliances aren’t running during this process. Any significant changes during the 15 minutes could mean there’s a major leak that needs to be taken care of. (Madison Good, buzzbuzzhome.com).
Consult with a plumbing professional to ensure that all of your home’s plumbing and water-related systems are in good working order. Contact Safari Plumbing your Ottawa plumbing specialist, to have your home inspected today!