The spring is finally here—rain tapering off and the drier season ahead. Now is a great time to get spring home care done before summer kicks into high gear. Regular maintenance of plumbing and Sacramento HVAC systems will help ensure that your home is operating at maximum efficiency and as worry-free as possible.
Exterior Drains and Plumbing
Take time to check all of the drains on the exterior of your home to make sure there is no standing water, winter can cause extensive damage and/or blockages. In addition to downspouts and street drains, take the time to get up on the roof and check that gutters are clear and securely attached. Remove any clogs that have built up and repair problems as needed. This will prevent any possible damage from compounding into an even bigger issue.
Check that the connections to your outdoor hoses are still in proper working order. It is possible that the winter could have done some damage to these areas. Begin running the water directly from the faucet to make sure it is working properly, then attach a hose. If is not water is running smoothly, you may need to replace the valve or your hose.
This is also a great time to check the interior of your home’s plumbing. Go through your home and check all taps and faucets, retighten plumbing as needed. It is not uncommon for some types of plumbing to loosen occasionally, even fittings under your sink. Most are easily tightened by hand or pipe wrenches.
You may also want to snake out the drains to remove drain clogs that could have occurred over the winter. These clogs can put tremendous pressure on your pipes and decrease water flow. If water is still moving but draining slowly, it should still be cleared. If a clog is not removed, it will eventually cause water to back up into the pipe and create a drip or leak from the pipes.
You should also do this with the toilets in your home. Purchase a toilet auger and, for maintenance, run it through the pipes. In most cases, you will not find much in the toilet but it’s a good idea to snake the toilet at least twice a year.
Now is the time to get your air conditioning serviced and checked. Our Sacramento HVAC experts can help detect any problems and make sure things are ready for the summer. Check out the Ace HVAC coupons to save on your annual service.
Take a day to tackle these spring projects. Most of these plumbing and HVAC maintenance issues can be done in a short amount of time, so get started spring cleaning your structure today. Need help? The experts at Ace are always ready, call us for any of your plumbing and HVAC needs.