Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
Clean Gutter and Downspouts
Make sure gutters and downspouts direct water away from the house. It will ensure proper flow of water from the roof and the home’s foundation and help prevent damage to your landscaping and siding.
Check lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves, exposed lines, and improperly working sprinkler heads.
Have Your Septic Tank Inspected
Having annual inspections will prevent costly and messy sewer backups.
Flush Out Your Drain Waste and Vent System
Plumbing air vents prevent sewer gases from entering the home and allow wastewater gas and odor to escape so it’s important to keep them clean and clear.
Check Outside Faucets
Make sure there is no freeze damage. If the flow of water stops by placing your thumb over the opening, you most likely have a damaged pipe inside the home.
Check for Plumbing Leaks
After the last winter freeze, check your water meter for leaks. Main culprits for leaks are toilets, outdoor spigots, irrigation systems and pipes on exterior walls.
Consider Adding a Backup Sump Pump
Make sure your sump pump is functioning properly and consider adding a battery operated back up in case the electricity goes out. This could save you thousands in water damage.
Yearly plumbing to-do’s
Just like with your heating and cooling systems, yearly maintenance of your home’s plumbing will help prevent minor issues turning into major problems. By following these tips, you can avoid plumbing issues as well as conserve water and save on your energy bills.
Repair leaks – that dripping shower head or faucet will waste water and run up your water bill. Check all pipe connections for mold or musty odors which are signs of a leak.
Clear out slow drains – that slow drain will turn into a clog if not addressed.
Clean faucet aerators and shower heads – built up mineral deposits can reduce water flow and effect water pressure.
Inspect sewer lines – this can be one of the most costly home repairs, a yearly video sewer line inspection will find the cause of the problem.
Flush water heater tank – rust and sediment build up can reduce the heating efficiency of the tank and reduce the life of the water heater, flushing the tank every year will prevent this and maximize the life of the equipment. For optimal performance, the water heater temperature setting should be at 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fix that flapper – a running toilet wastes a lot of water as well as can add hundreds of dollars to your water bill, fix running toilets as quickly as possible.
Clean gutters as often as needed – clearing debris and leaves from your gutters ensures that water can drain easily throughout the year and prevent clogged down spouts.
Inspect and clean sump pump – when exposed to extremely cold temperatures, sump pumps will freeze and stop working. Before the cold weather arrives, have your sump pump inspected and cleaned.
Source: ABC Southwest Plumbing & A/C “Annual Plumbing Maintenance Checklist” 12.5.15