Now that spring has finally arrived, homeowners everywhere are putting together their checklists for chores, repairs and home improvement projects. Most homeowners in doing so overlook some simple plumbing tasks that should be performed as well. In the cold winter months, multiple adjustments are made to the plumbing in our homes in order to keep family members comfortable, and for minimizing breakdowns or repairs. With that said, when springtime arrives, there are some important but simple tasks that homeowners should give focus to, including, what we call ‘spring plumbing’ tasks.
Spring Plumbing Tasks
As we mentioned above, there are some pretty common winterizing tasks we tend to perform to our home plumbing so as to protect our pipes from freezing or bursting during the cold winter temperatures. We typically add insulation to both interior and exterior pipes to accomplish this important winter task. With that said, in the spring time, those frigid temperatures are gone and everything starts to warm up, which means all that added insulation can now be removed.
Once you have removed the insulation you should take appropriate steps to ensure that all faucets and pipes are in tip top shape for the spring and summer months ahead. When you are removing the insulation be sure to inspect all the faucets and pipes for any damage that could, over time, lead to frustrating and costly leaks. If you find that a pipe has any type of a crack in it or perhaps it is starting to rust a bit, then be sure to reach out to the experienced plumbers here at Steve Mull Plumbing to take care of your repair or perhaps even install a replacement.
Hot Water Heaters
Finally, one more important, but simple task is that of giving focus to your hot water heater. In the cold winter months, homeowners tend to set their water heater temperature higher than the manufacturer recommended temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit in their efforts to combat the cold temperatures outdoors and provide for more comfortable hot water temperatures indoors. However, when the spring season arrives, and indeed it has, it is the ideal time of year to reset the temperature on your hot water heater to the recommended 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This will help to prevent members of your household from getting burned from the hot water since the outdoor temperatures are quite warm now. In addition, resetting to the 120 degrees will contribute to much lower energy bills and save you money over time.
At the onset of the spring season the professionals here at Steve Mull Plumbing also recommend you take time to flush your water heater out. Flushing out the water heater will prevent minerals and other particles from settling at the base of your water heater and developing rust over time. You should also remove any sediment that has accumulated in your efforts to improve the efficiency of your water heater and add to its life expectancy as well. Routine care and maintenance of your water heater is essential to its performance and to its energy efficiency.
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Here at Steve Mull Plumbing our experienced and highly skilled plumbers feel confident that homeowners who take advantage of these simple tips are sure to find themselves enjoying more energy efficiency and comfort in their homes summer after summer. At Steve Mull Plumbing we specialize in all types of plumbing issues and problems and provide superior plumbing and drain services to all our valued clients. If you are in need of plumbing services or repairs, then surely you have come to the right place. For more information on how to prep your home and your plumbing for the upcoming hot summer months, reach out to our professional team today. We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the highest quality plumbing products and services this side of Tennessee!