It's easy to forget about your plumbing maintenance in the spring and summer months. Leaks caused by heavy rain and snow build-up are long forgotten. Flooding and mold caused by the damp, cold days between October-March are the least of our concerns. However, there are still several important aspects of your plumbing maintenance that you need to be aware of in the spring and summer.
Water restrictions are in effect during the summer months in Vancouver. It's a good idea to plan your spring gardening regime accordingly. Be sure to monitor automated sprinkling systems in order to abide by the city's restrictions. If you love gardening and don't want to see your garden shrivel in the sun, try planting strains of plants that do not require much water. A succulent garden, for example, is low on water and will leave your garden with a lush touch of green all summer.
Repair Winter Damage
Fix Burst Pipes
Freezing conditions and changing temperatures cause pipes to leak, rupture and burst. The summer months are the perfect time for pipe repairs. Take stock of any outdoor pipes around your home. Assess them for signs of rust, cracks, stress or leaks. If you notice that a pipe has burst or is leaking, you should contact your plumber immediately. This is not a DIY project.
Clean Gutters And Downspouts
Your gutters are often overlooked, however, it's important to clean them once or twice a year to ensure there are no blockages. Leaves, twigs, and junk can clutter your gutters. Debris will gather in your gutters during the winter and it can be hard to keep them clean in the freezing weather. Clean your gutters and test your downspouts in the summertime to make sure everything is clean and functional for the winter months.
Be sure to clear the areas around your downspouts as well. These can get clogged in the winter and end up blocking the flow of water. We wrote a blog post about how to clean your gutters if you are interested in learning more.
Fix Cracks And Leaks
The winter months in the lower mainland can wreak havoc on your home. The heavy rains and damp conditions lead to leaks and water damage in many local homes. These are incredibly difficult to repair during the winter months when relentless rains make it difficult to fix leaks without others forming.
Turn Off Your Heater
Save energy during the summer by turning off your heating system. If you have a water heater, you could also look into long-term, cost-effective, energy-efficient alternatives to the traditional water heater, like a tankless water heater. Learn more about how to conserve money and water by switching to a tankless water heater in our recent blog post.
Call Your Plumber
Your plumber can help with any of the above tasks. Whether you need repairs from the winter rains or you're looking to conserve water during the summer, you can call your local plumbing company for helpful tips, questions, and services. Think ahead during the spring and summer and be sure that all major repairs are made before the winter months. At Hillcrest Plumbing and Heating, our experienced technicians have the education and abilities to help with any questions or projects you may have. Get in touch today, contact Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating!
If you want to learn more about how to prepare your plumbing for the summer months, you can check out our similar blog post: “4 Plumbing Tips To Check Off This Summer”.