Springs Tips From Gary's

Finally, spring is in the air.  Time to start those spring cleaning and gardening projects.   But the wind, rain and cool temperatures may have impacted your water systems.  And, here are some areas to check around your home.

  • Outdoor Faucets --  Did you leave the hose connected to the outdoor faucet?  The temperature change causes expansion in the lines, which causes cracks in your plumbing lines.  That means you may need a new outdoor hose bib.  But additional leaks can occur and cause extensive water damage to your home.  
     
  • Sump Pump --  Heavy spring rains may cause a flood, due to extra stress on your sump pump.  Run a test on your pump by pouring a couple of buckets of water into the unit, if the unit keeps running and won’t automatically shut off, there may be a problem.  
     
  • Leaks --  Slow leaks can occur, but we’ve got tips for you to monitor this.  Read your water meter prior to bedtime.  Read the meter when you wake up, if no water was used, the reading in the morning will be the same as the night before.  You may have an outside or an inside leak. Our team at Gary’s Plumbing and Heating can help to figure this mystery out!
     
  • Hot Water Heater --  Once a year your water heater should be drained and checked.  This will increase the effectiveness due to the sediment getting cleared out.  Examination is important, because a hot water heater more than 10 years old could go out on you and cause damage to your home.  Gary’s team can do this for you if your hot water heater is hard to reach or you’re uncomfortable with this kind of task.
     
  • Air Systems --  Time for an inspection for your air conditioning system before the warm weather hits.  Remember maintenance is less expensive than a break down.   Hoses and filters are to be cleaned and cleared of dust and allergens.