1. Check outside hoses and pipes for cracks or leaks

As winter fades away and temperatures start to rise, it's the perfect time to check the exterior plumbing on your property. A cracked or damaged hose can lead to costly issues. Make sure to inspect exterior pipes for signs of damage, such as cracks, corrosion, or water stains. If you observe any of these signs, it is crucial to repair them promptly to prevent further complications.

By preparing your outdoor plumbing in the fall, such as adding insulation to unheated areas of your home, you can minimize the chances of your outdoor plumbing being affected and avoid potential water damage expenses.

3. Maintain your swimming pool’s plumbing system

If you have a pool, spring is the ideal time to check its plumbing system thoroughly. Winter can be tough on pool pipes and pumps; even small leaks can lead to big problems. Inspect your pool for any signs of water loss that might indicate a leak. Moreover, examine the pool equipment pad for signs of water staining or rust that could indicate a slow leak.

If you identify any issues or suspect a leak, contact a pool service tech for a professional assessment and repair. Also, remember to clean or replace the filters and run a backwash cycle to ensure your pool is ready for the summer.

4. Flush your water heater

Your water heater has been working hard all winter. Now is the perfect time to flush it and remove any sediment buildup that can lead to inefficient operations and higher energy bills. To protect your water heater against corrosion and lime-scale buildup, consider using Hercules® Sludgehammer™ Universal Corrosion Inhibitor. This product will help extend the lifespan of your water heater while ensuring peak performance.

For tankless water heaters, Hercules® Haymaker® Tankless Water Heater Descaler is an excellent option. This user-friendly descaler will help remove scale buildup from your unit, allowing your water heater to run efficiently and maintain optimal performance.

6. Inspect your sump pump and backup battery

A sump pump is essential equipment that prevents flooding in your basement. Checking your sump pump and backup battery before spring storms hit is crucial in preventing water damage. Hire a professional plumber to inspect the sump pump, or use a DIY plumbing approach to test it yourself.

7. Exercise your valves

Regularly exercising your valves is an often overlooked but crucial plumbing maintenance task. Valves, such as those found in your main water line or on your water heater, can become stiff and difficult to operate if left untouched for extended periods. In the worst-case scenario, they might even seize up entirely, preventing you from shutting off water in an emergency.

To exercise your valves, slowly turn each off and back on again. Doing this regularly will keep them functioning smoothly.

Completing these seven plumbing maintenance tasks this spring will save you time and money in the long run. Preventative maintenance is key to keeping your plumbing system in good working order. From checking your exterior pipes to inspecting your septic system components, taking care of your plumbing system this spring will ensure that it works efficiently and safely throughout the year.

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