Spring is the perfect time of year to inspect your home and identify areas to improve. It’s also a great time to identify problems and rectify them. One area that often gets overlooked during your spring inspection is your plumbing. Homeowners get caught up looking at the things they can see directly and forget about other areas of their home that are tucked away or more difficult to inspect. But this doesn’t mean they don’t need some attention, especially your plumbing. We all know a plumbing issue could lead to water issues.
Here we’ve outlined 7 tips to inspect your plumbing this spring:
If you have recently moved to a different home or live in an older home, it’s important to pay even more attention to your plumbing. Older pipes and plumbing systems are more prone to issues.
If you notice a crack, dated pipes or other potential issues, perhaps it’s time to upgrade your plumbing system. Choosing to upgrade will give you peace of mind in knowing your plumbing and pipes are up to date, up to code, and less of a risk to your home.
Your sump pump is your main defence against big rain showers in the spring. Make sure it is properly flushing water out of your home. Consider getting a battery backup or installing a backwater valve as an extra precaution.
Check all the visible pipes in your home. Most will be in the basement. You should also check the pipes under the sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms. Look for signs of moisture or water. If you see water, you may have a leak. Get it inspected by a plumber right away.
Leaks are not good. If you have a faucet or toilet leak, it’s costing your money and wasting water. It can also lead to a bigger issue if you don’t address it. You may need to replace a facet or flapper or other parts in your toilet.
Hopefully, you remembered to turn off the water and flush out the lines to your exterior taps in the fall. Spring is the time to turn the valve back on.
Flushing out your hot water heater allows you to flush out build up and ensure it is running as efficiently as possible. Get a professional to help if you are not sure how to do it.
Getting a professional opinion is always a good idea. Plumbing is not something you want to mess around with. If you suspect you have plumbing issues, give us a call at 416-286-7511. We even offer 24-hour emergency service.
At Bradshaw Plumbing & Renovations - the safety and well-being of our staff, our customers, and our community is our top priority. Rest assured that we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, and taking the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy.
To help with prevention, we have put the following protocols in place for our staff:
1.) Providing staff members with ample supply of: hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes, masks, gloves, face shields, and eye protection.
2.) Asking customers if they have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19, or if they have any cold or flu symptoms, prior to entering their home or business.
3.) Team members have been instructed to keep safe social distance, to avoid shaking hands when serving customers, and to work at least 6 ft away from others at all times.
4.) Any staff member that develops cold or flu-like symptoms will refrain from working immediately and be asked to contact Ontario's Public Health Agency to follow the COVID-19 testing and self-isolation protocols.
5.) Should the situation present itself, our staff members have the right to refuse entry into a property if they feel they are in harmsway.
6.) The parts department is available from Monday to Friday for curbside pickup of essential plumbing repair parts.
7.) Please note that during this time, the showroom will be closed until further notice.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding, as we all do our part to keep eachother safe and healthy during these challenging times. We will get through this together.