Spring Into Action: Essential Spring Plumbing Maintenance Guide

Spring has sprung, and with it comes the annual tradition of spring cleaning. But while you’re dusting off shelves and decluttering closets, don’t forget about your home’s plumbing system. At Garner Plumbing in Winding, GA, we know that a bit of maintenance goes a long way in preventing emergencies and ensuring your home runs smoothly.

Technician in blue uniform servicing a hot-water heater for springtime maintenance.

The Importance of Spring Plumbing Maintenance

As the seasons change, so do the needs of your plumbing system. Spring maintenance is crucial for catching minor issues before they become big problems. It’s the perfect time to check for leaks, ensure proper water pressure, and clean out drains. Regular maintenance prevents costly repairs and extends the life of your plumbing and appliances.

Annual Water Heater Flush

Every home’s water heater works hard all year round, and an annual flush is key to keeping it in top condition. Over time, sediment builds up at the bottom of the tank, leading to corrosion and inefficiency. Through a simple process, you can significantly extend the lifespan of your water heater and ensure it’s running efficiently.

Here’s how to perform a safe and effective water heater flush:

  1. Turn off the power or gas to the water heater.
  2. Connect a garden hose to the tank’s drain valve and run it outside or to a drain.
  3. Open the drain valve and let the water flow until it’s clear.
  4. Close the valve, refill the tank, and restore power or gas.

Seasonal Maintenance Checklist

To help you keep track of your plumbing maintenance, here’s a handy checklist:

  • Inspect pipes for signs of leaks or corrosion.
  • Test faucets for drips and ensure they turn off completely.
  • Check outdoor spigots for damage and leaks.
  • Examine the sump pump to ensure it’s clean and operates correctly.

Tackling these tasks can save you from unexpected issues when you least expect them.

Appliance Maintenance Tips

To keep home appliances running smoothly:

  • Clean dishwasher filters and check for any blockages in the water supply line.
  • Inspect washing machine hoses for bulges or leaks and replace them if necessary.
  • Descale coffee makers and other appliances that use water to prevent buildup.

When to Call the Professionals

While many maintenance tasks are DIY-friendly, there are times when you need a professional plumber. If you encounter persistent issues or major leaks or are unsure about a particular task, call Garner Plumbing to request service on your home. We’re here to provide expert advice and service, ensuring your plumbing system is in the best possible condition.

Spring is the perfect time to give your home’s plumbing system the attention it deserves. By following this guide, you can ensure that your plumbing is prepared for the season ahead. And remember, Garner Plumbing is always available to help with any of your plumbing needs. Contact us at (706) 658-4236 to make sure your home is spring-ready!