ERM Plumbing & Heating

April 20, 2024

April is here in Calgary, and we've experienced a mild winter, but with the arrival of spring comes a new set of considerations for homeowners. While many focus on spring cleaning and outdoor maintenance, it's essential not to overlook the plumbing system in your home. As the weather warms up and the ground thaws, there are specific steps you can take to ensure your plumbing is ready for the season ahead.

ERM Plumbing & Heating is here to guide you through the process of preparing your home's plumbing for spring, ensuring you avoid any potential issues and can enjoy the season worry-free.

Why Is It Important To Check For Leaks In My Plumbing System During Spring?

As the ground thaws and temperatures fluctuate, the soil around your home's foundation can shift, potentially causing stress on your plumbing pipes. Checking for leaks ensures that any issues are addressed promptly, preventing water damage and costly repairs down the line. Additionally, spring is an excellent time to inspect your home's indoor plumbing fixtures for any signs of leaks or drips. Fixing leaks promptly can help conserve water and reduce your utility bills.

How Can I Prepare My Water Heater For The Spring Season?

Flushing your water heater tank can help remove sediment buildup, improving its efficiency and prolonging its lifespan. Additionally, check the temperature settings on your water heater and adjust them if necessary for optimal performance during the warmer months.

How Can I Prevent Outdoor Hose Bibs From Freezing During Spring?

As spring approaches, it's crucial to take steps to prevent outdoor hose bibs from freezing, which can lead to costly damage to your plumbing system.

  • Keep outdoor hoses disconnected and drained when not in use, especially during colder evenings.
  • Install frost-free hose bibs, which are designed to prevent freezing by shutting off the water supply inside the heated portion of your home.
  • Apply insulation to outdoor pipes and hose bibs using foam pipe insulation or heat tape to provide an extra layer of protection against freezing temperatures.
  • Consider installing a shut-off valve specifically for outdoor hose bibs, allowing you to turn off the water supply to these fixtures during colder periods.

What Are Some Signs That My Sump Pump Needs Maintenance Or Replacement?

Your sump pump plays a crucial role in preventing basement flooding, so it's essential to recognize signs that it may need maintenance or replacement.

  • Pay attention to any unusual sounds coming from your sump pump, such as grinding or squealing noises, which could indicate mechanical issues that require maintenance.
  • Regularly check the discharge pipe and ensure it's free from obstructions or blockages, which can impede the pump's ability to function properly.
  • Test your sump pump periodically by pouring water into the sump pit to ensure it activates and pumps water out effectively.
  • Keep an eye out for signs of rust, corrosion, or visible damage to the pump housing or components, which may indicate the need for replacement.
  • If you notice any decrease in the pump's performance or if it fails to activate during heavy rainfall, it's essential to address the issue promptly to prevent basement flooding.

What Should I Do If I Encounter A Plumbing Issue During Spring?

If you encounter a plumbing issue, such as a leak or a clogged drain, don't hesitate to contact ERM Plumbing & Heating for professional assistance. Our team of experienced plumbers is available to handle any plumbing emergency, providing prompt and reliable service to ensure your home's plumbing system is back up and running smoothly.

Don't wait until it's too late—take proactive steps to prepare your home's plumbing for the spring season today. Contact ERM Plumbing & Heating for expert advice and assistance in ensuring your plumbing system is in top condition, ready to handle whatever spring may bring. Schedule a maintenance appointment with our team and enjoy peace of mind knowing your home is well-prepared for the season ahead.

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