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Plumbing Maintenance Tips for Spring

Freezing Colorado temperatures and chilly winds can be hard on your Denver plumbing. The winter weather makes your pipes susceptible to freezing, cracks, and leaks. Now that the weather is getting warmer, it’s time to check on your plumbing system to make sure it is functioning properly.

Below is our quick list of things you can do to make sure your plumbing is spring ready!

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Spring is a time when Colorado homeowners clean and freshen up their home, but spring cleaning does not have to be restricted to indoor chores. Cleaning your gutters should be a part of your spring cleaning project.

A properly functioning gutter drains water away from the house. To ensure that your gutter is doing its job, clean your gutters and make sure they are free of debris.

Trees and shrubs blossom during this time of the year. As a result, seeds, twigs, flowers, and organic matter will quickly build-up in your gutters. Damage may have already occurred by the time you notice that the gutters are clogged. So be sure not to ignore this important chore.

Test the Toilets for Leaks

Often, leaks inside come from your toilets. The problem is that toilet leaks can be difficult to detect, especially since the water flows through the tank silently. Unless you know what to look for, you may not even know that your toilet is leaking. That leak could be costing you a fortune.

To check for toilet leaks, remove the lid of the toilet tank and add a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. Let it sit for about 20-30 minutes. Check your toilet bowl. If you see colored water, that means you have a leaking tank.

Watch Out for Water Leaks in Outdoor Faucets and Sprinklers

When the temperature drops below freezing, the water inside the pipes will freeze and expand. If you didn’t drain the pipes before winter, there’s a good chance that your pipes broke and froze during the colder months. If you notice a torrent of water leak out as soon as you turn your hose on this spring, you most likely have a broken pipe.

In this case, we recommend that you shut off the water to the affected area, call a licensed plumber, and get the leak fixed as soon as possible.

Perform a Water Heater Checkup

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, water heaters should be set at 120°F. Set the thermostat too high, and you’ll be putting yourself at risk of scalding. Plus, your bills will skyrocket.

Check the temperature setting of your water heater. While you’re at it, check for signs of leaks and corrosion. Flush the water heater to remove sediment build-up. Also, check the burner compartment and pilot assembly, and clean them as needed. If you’re not comfortable doing these steps, call a plumber.

For more help and plumbing maintenance tips, call our team of professionals at High 5 Plumbing. We can help get the plumbing in your Denver home ready for spring.