As winter slowly turns into spring, homeowners must prepare for plumbing issues that may arise this time of year. From leaky faucets to sprinkler systems to maintaining water heaters, plumbing issues can pop up anytime during the spring. Here are 4 key home plumbing areas homeowners must check to keep their systems running smoothly this spring and into the summer months.

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Leaky outdoor faucets

As the warm weather of spring begins more homeowners will be getting into their yards planting gardens and flowers which all need watering. Before planting these gardens, homeowners must make sure their water supply is working properly and that there are no leaks. Even a few spells during the winter of below freezing temperatures can damage seals or pipes which may lead to leaks that will waste water and boost your water bill.

To prevent outdoor leaks, examine each faucet for any puddles or drips around the area. If there is a leak, tighten the connections of the faucet or replace worn-out washers. If you are still experiencing leaks contact a professional plumber to fix the issue before it gets any worse.

Outdoor plumbing fixtures

In Arizona many homeowners have irrigation systems running throughout their property. Before setting your timer to start watering your garden or yard, it is important to make sure the system is functioning properly. Winter weather can damage sprinkler pipes and sprinkler heads which may cause leaks or clogs within the system.

Before starting your system for the first time this year do a basic inspection. Check your sprinkler heads for any damage, check for leaks in the irrigation pipes, and ensure the pump is working properly. If you come across any issues, address them immediately to prevent further damage. As with any plumbing issue, if the job seems too big for you or you don’t want to risk damaging your system further contact a professional.

Outdoor drainage

With spring coming soon, so will the rain. As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” Homeowners must be prepared for these spring showers and make sure the property is draining correctly so crawl spaces and other areas do not flood. Adequate drainage is essential in safeguarding your home during storms.

Conduct a thorough inspection of your property to make sure your drainage system is working properly. Clear debris from any drains you have and ensure that downspouts on your home are directing water away from the property. Consider adding French drains or having a professional regrade your yard for proper drainage. If you notice any drainage issues always speak with a professional before making any changes as many neighborhoods have regulations surrounding water issues.

Water heaters

During the winter your water heater will work overtime to provide you and your family with hot water. As spring arrives it is critical to make sure the system is working properly and hasn’t been damaged by overuse.

Constantin Geambasu, Owner of Water Rehab in Gilbert, Arizona, says to make sure your hot water heater is working properly you must drain and flush the tank to get rid of any sediment build up. “Check your hot water heater for any leaks or corrosion before addressing any sediment issues,” he said. “If you do not feel comfortable flushing your tank, I recommend calling a plumber because you do not want to do more damage to your system as new hot water heaters can get pricey.” Check the connections and address any hot water system issues as soon as possible to prevent further damage and costly repairs.

While spring brings warmer weather allowing for more outdoor activities, it is crucial for homeowners to prepare for potential plumbing issues. By addressing common problems such as leaky faucets, irrigation systems and water heater issues proactively, you can ensure your plumbing system is running smoothly throughout the season.

Author: Joe Hammer is the owner of SAK Electric Plumbing Inc in Phoenix, Arizona. SAK Electric Plumbing Inc has been providing professional plumbing services to the Greater Phoenix area for over three decades.