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Seasonal Plumbing Tips to Prepare Your Drains for Spring

Seasonal Plumbing Tips to Prepare Your Drains for Spring

As the snow melts away and nature awakens from its winter slumber, it’s time to turn our attention to our homes, specifically our plumbing systems. With the arrival of spring, your drains may need some extra care to ensure they function smoothly after enduring the winter months.

As spring blossoms and temperatures rise, take the time to prepare your drains for the seasonal transition.  Here are a few essential seasonal plumbing tips to prepare your drains for springtime.

Inspect and Clean Gutters and Downspouts

One of the first tasks to tackle as spring approaches is to inspect and clean your gutters and downspouts. Throughout the winter, these can become clogged with leaves, debris, and even ice dams, impeding proper drainage. Ensure that water can flow freely away from your home to prevent water damage and potential flooding. A clear pathway for water will also alleviate pressure on your drainage system.

Check for Exterior Pipe Damage

Inspect the exterior of your home for any signs of pipe damage caused by freezing temperatures. Look for cracks, leaks, or signs of corrosion. Addressing these issues early can prevent costly water damage and the need for emergency pipe repairs later on. New Canadian Drain & Plumbing offers professional inspection services to identify and rectify any potential problems before they escalate.

Test Sump Pump Functionality

If you have a sump pump installed in your basement or crawlspace, it’s essential to test its functionality before the spring rains arrive. Pour water into the sump pit to ensure that the pump activates and efficiently removes excess water from your home. Regular maintenance and testing of your sump pump can prevent basement flooding and water damage during heavy rainfall.

Flush Out Sewer Lines

Over time, debris, grease, and other substances can accumulate in your sewer lines, leading to blockages and backups. Consider scheduling a professional sewer line cleaning to flush out any buildup and ensure proper drainage. This preventive measure can help you avoid unpleasant odors, slow drains, and potential sewage backups in your home.

Inspect Indoor Plumbing Fixtures

Take the time to inspect all indoor plumbing fixtures, including sinks, toilets, and showers, for any leaks or signs of wear and tear. Tighten loose fittings, replace worn washers, and address any leaks promptly to prevent water waste and damage to your home. Additionally, consider installing water-saving devices, such as low-flow faucets and showerheads, to conserve water and reduce your utility bills.

Invest in Drain Screens

Prevent hair, soap scum, and other debris from clogging your drains by installing drain screens or strainers in sinks, showers, and tubs. These inexpensive devices can catch debris before it enters your pipes, reducing the likelihood of blockages and the need for professional drain cleaning services.

Schedule Routine Maintenance

At New Canadian Drain & Plumbing we’re committed to providing Toronto’s residents and commercial properties with expert advice on keeping all plumbing in top shape. Consider scheduling routine maintenance with a trusted plumbing professional to keep your plumbing system in optimal condition throughout the year. Our experienced plumbers can perform thorough inspections, identify potential issues, and provide expert recommendations to ensure the longevity and efficiency of your drains and plumbing fixtures.

By following these essential plumbing tips, you can prevent costly repairs, avoid water damage, and enjoy a smoothly flowing plumbing system all year round. Remember, our team at New Canadian Drain & Plumbing is here to assist you with all your plumbing needs, backed by six consecutive years of recognition as HomeStar’s Best of the Best. Contact us today for a free estimate and experience the difference between expert plumbing services!