How Do I Prepare My Residential Plumbing For Spring?

Apr 8, 2022 | How to, Pipes, Drains & Valves, Plumbing, Residential, Spring, Sump Pump, Water Heater

As you’re preparing for spring and checking off your cleaning and maintenance tasks around the house, don’t forget about essential pieces of equipment such as your plumbing. Believe it or not, if your plumbing did not receive any damage during the harsh winter months, it still has the potential of injury or destruction with the inevitable spring weather Ohio receives. Luckily, our plumbing professionals at Narrow Path Plumbing have provided helpful tips for preparing your plumbing for the spring season!

Have You Checked For Any Winter Damages? 

Winter weather can take up a lot of stress on your plumbing equipment, so it is always best to check for damages and destruction as early as possible. Extreme conditions such as ice, snow, and hail can damage your water appliances. Inspect your equipment for any damages such as broken connections, cracks, or leaks that could have occurred because of the colder weather. If these issues are left unresolved, more problems may arise, so be sure to get in touch with your local plumbing contractor at your earliest convenience. 

Are There Any Visible or Hidden Leaks?

Unfortunately, leaks can occur anywhere at any given time, so it is essential to routinely check and inspect all of your pipes and water fixtures. Remember to also search for dripping water around fixtures and pipes, especially if the water isn’t turned on and running. There are some common warning signs to indicate any hidden leaks in your home, including discolored walls or ceilings and peeling paint or wallpaper. 

Why is it Important to Check My Sump Pump?

Because of the harsh winter, your sump pump worked extra hard to ensure your basement did not flood, so it may be time to check it out and make sure it is working correctly. To get this process started, first, you will need to fill the basin full of water. Doing this should immediately kick your sump pump on, but if it does not start, there may be something wrong with the equipment. Next, you will need to remove the basin to reveal the grate at the base that needs to be cleaned. Furthermore, we also suggest having a plumber come out and perform routine maintenance on the rest of your plumbing equipment to ensure everything is in good condition.  

Have You Inspected the Basement Plumbing & Water Heater?

Spring is a great time to check up on your sump pump, but it is also the best time to inspect your water heater and basement plumbing! To confirm no damages or leaks, be sure to thoroughly inspect all visible pipes and plumbing equipment. Make sure also to remember to check up and inspect your water heater routinely because a corroded or cracked water heater tank could lead to a flooded basement.

How Often Do My Drains Need to be Cleaned Out?

Clogs are a huge inconvenience no matter where they are, which means it is best to stay on top of consistently cleaning out your drains. Doing this will help prevent clogs from becoming more significant plumbing issues like pipes cracking or bursting. Avoid chemical drain cleaners at all costs because they can damage your home’s pipes, sinks, and counters; as an alternative, use baking soda, dish soap, vinegar, hot water, and citrus peels instead.

Plumbing disasters are always challenging to deal with, but using the following tips, our expert plumbers have provided above are guaranteed to help keep your equipment in good condition. However, if you do find yourself caught up in a plumbing catastrophe like a busted pipe or cracked water heater tank, you can always rely on Narrow Path Plumbing to help you just when you need it the most. So call us today at (937) 623-2619, or schedule an appointment online by clicking here!           

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Jennifer Newsome
Jennifer Newsome
01/11/2021
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We had a leak in our basement on a Sunday evening and Narrow Path Plumbing sent out Terry ASAP! He quickly found the leak, repaired it, checked all faucets to ensure good pressure. He cleaned everything up and it was like he was never even here. I appreciate this company sending out someone late on a Sunday and also doing such a great, fast and professional job!! Great job Narrow Path Plumbing!!
Mad MO
Mad MO
22/10/2021
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Have used Narrow Path for multiple jobs on multiple properties. They have always been extremely informative, punctual, and reasonably priced. I highly recommend them.
Vicki Singer
Vicki Singer
05/10/2021
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Mike & Terry remodeled 2 of my bathrooms along with the drywall finisher and did a beautiful job. Had multiple leaky shut off valves replaced & a kitchen faucet replaced. Had lines run so I could move my laundry up out of my basement & poor Mike had to run wiring through my attic on a 90 degree day. I was so worried he would have a heat stroke but he never complained once. Also had a whole house filter replaced & a valve replaced on my hot water tank by another plumber whose name I can't remember but they all were polite and did professional work.
Michael Brice Keller
Michael Brice Keller
10/09/2021
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The whole team was great. Joe, Glenn, Justin, Mike and Terry. Thanks for an awesome new bathroom addition
David Brown
David Brown
09/09/2021
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Josh S cleaned a tankless hot water system, repaired two toilets, and unclogged a drain in a little over an hour. He was professional, listened carefully, and was very personable. We have never had a bad experience with Narrow Path, and we highly recommend them.
Patricia Mullins
Patricia Mullins
03/09/2021
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Toilet leaking from the tank. Not good 😪. Enter Tom and Drey. I love these guys. New toilet replaced and new shut off valve. Everything is perfect now. These guys are a 10 star team. Polite, professional, clean and neat. Same day service at a reasonable price. Can't beat them. Highly recommend. Give these boys a bonus!!