If there’s one thing Ottawa residents know, it’s that our winters can get brutally cold. Massive amounts of snow descend upon the area and we’re left bundled up inside, trying to escape the below freezing temperatures. Fortunately, springtime is when we start to see warmer temperatures and bask in the sunshine. However, the warmer temperatures cause everything that was once frozen to begin to thaw. It’s not uncommon for people to forget about their plumbing until something goes wrong. However, there are ways to prevent disasters from happening. That’s why our Ottawa plumbers at Safari Plumbing Ltd. have put together a few plumbing tips for spring.
Maintain Your Sump Pump
Sump pumps are used to help prevent flooding in your home. When the snow begins to thaw, it creates a lot of excess water that can easily flood the lower levels of your home. Additionally, we see a lot of heavy rain during the spring in Ottawa. Maintaining and testing your sump pump for obstructions or clogs will help ensure it will not fail in an emergency.
Check All Faucets & Pipes for Leaks
Cold weather can cause many problems for your faucets and drains. Look at all your visible piping. Do you notice a crack or damp spot around the pipe? This could be due to water in the pipes that froze, causing them to crack and leak. You should check all plumbing that involves running water. If you don’t notice any leaks, check for the sound of running water. This can help you identify toilet leaks or any other leaks in your home’s plumbing system.
Inspect Gutters & Eavestroughs
Winter weather can wreak havoc on your gutter and eavestroughs. One of the best times to inspect them is during a heavy rain, which the springtime is sure to bring. If the water is flowing properly through the system, then all water should run away from your home and there should be no water runoff on the roof. Pay attention to your downspouts. A damaged downspout can lead to poor drainage and water damage to your home’s foundation.
Check Your Water Heater
For optimal performance and to prevent scalding, your water heater should be set to 120° Fahrenheit. Check to make sure that your water heater is set to a proper temperature. Additionally, if your unit is approaching the end of its lifespan (around 15 years), or if you’re noticing higher utility costs, it might be time to replace it. This will help prevent untimely breakdowns.
Watch Out for Root Growth
As frozen pipes thaw, it creates a lot of excess moisture, especially in the soil surrounding your pipes. This can cause roots to grow and eventually crack your pipes, in search of water. We can perform an inspection and remove any intrusive root growth to prevent blockages and burst pipes.
Consult with our Ottawa plumbing professionals to ensure your home’s plumbing and water related systems are in good working order.
Contact Safari Plumbing Ltd. by calling (613) 707-5466 to have your plumbing inspected today.