When winter comes to an end, and all that snow and ice begins to thaw, plumbing issues become apparent for houses that weren’t properly winterized. Every spring, homeowners in Littleton, CO should ensure the plumbing pipes are in excellent condition on the exterior and inside of your home:
- Assess your sinks, faucets, and toilets to get a flow. Look for signs of moisture or corrosion under your sinks.
- Confirm there isn’t any water when your faucets shut off round or dripping out of the connections.
- Add food coloring into each of your toilets’ tank, then wait fifteen minutes and check the water in every bathroom bowl. If the water from the bowl is dyed, this means the toilet has a leak.
- Check outside faucets for drips. Before hooking up hoses, turn on the exterior faucets and then turn them off again. This might be a sign of a break in the pipe after being turned off if the taps drip. In this case, have the pipes inspected by an expert plumber.
- Fill unused drains with water. Every pipe contains water, which forms an air-tight seal. This water prevents sewer gas. At times water may vanish, which can create the smell into the house. Homeowners can dump water down drains and flush toilets in unused areas of the home to prevent this from happening.
- Clean the gutters. Gutters have a means of getting obstructed over the winter months and into the spring when birds build their nests in exterior gutters. Clean out your house’s downspouts and gutters. Spring is also a fantastic time to check for bird nests in pipes vents.