Is Your Plumbing Prepared for Spring and Summer? Make Sure You're Ready with These 6 Tips

Don't let the frigid nor'easters fool you: spring will be here before you know it. Once you no longer have to worry about calling your local Buckingham emergency plumbing service because your pipes have frozen over, you'll have the perfect opportunity to make sure that your system is fully functional and up-to-date. When you're ready, use these tips to help your system run optimally in the upcoming months.

Test Your Sump Pump

Especially when the last of the snow melts and April showers begin to arrive, you'll want to make sure your sump pump functions properly. Run a test — for example, pour a 5-gallon bucket of water into the sump pit and carefully watch the water level — and don't forget to make sure your pump is plugged into a working outlet!

Clear Debris

Over the winter, your downspouts and storm drains have had plenty of time to collect leaves, twigs, and other debris. Make sure you clear as much buildup as possible to prevent potential flooding.

Check Your Septic System

If your system uses a septic tank, evaluate the area where it's stored once the snow clears. If you spot any odd wet spots or puddles, call a professional plumber — your tank may be damaged.

Inspect Outside Pipes and Faucets

You may not be safe from winter weather damage just yet. Check any exposed pipes or plumbing for cracks or other imperfections. Leaking pipes — even if they're outside your home — can cause tremendous damage to your property.

Drain Your Water Heater

Once the weather warms up, drain the tank of your water heater to eliminate sediment buildup and mineral deposits. Now is also a great time to consider upgrading to a modern tankless water heater.

Schedule Seasonal Maintenance

Last but not least, make an appointment with a plumbing professional. Regular maintenance is not only the best way to prevent leaks and malfunctions — it also prolongs the life of your system! Consider opting in to our plumbing repair and maintenance essentials plans. They make our convenient services even more affordable.

For reliable plumbing services in Doylestown and the surrounding areas, call Ben Franklin Doylestown today at (215) 712-8650.