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- By James Wisler
- Plumbing Tips
Now that it’s warm outside, it’s a good time to look for things around the home that might need some repair. Here are some of the most common areas to check this spring and summer.
We spend a lot of time visiting homes in the spring to replace outdoor hose faucets, especially if they are the frost-free kind. What often happens is people forget to take their hoses off of the hose faucet during the winter. Of course, we’ve had a pretty mild winter these past couple of years, so it hasn’t been as much of an issue. But the below-freezing temperatures we did experience have caused hose faucets to burst if they had hoses attached. I would definitely recommend paying attention the first time you use your hose faucet in the spring to make sure there’s no water running out of the wall around the faucet itself.
One of the other things we usually see around spring greenup (mid-April through mid-May) is the roots of a tree going into overdrive. This is when trees are looking for nutrients and sucking up water so they’ll have the energy needed to put on lots of green leaves. Roots just love sewer lines, so this is when we see an increase in sewer line stoppages and main line stoppages due to root growth.
I always recommend paying attention to the air conditioner before the weather gets hot, which is basically any time between now and June. If you know your AC has had problems keeping up in previous years, it’s a great idea to be proactive and address the issue now. HVAC contractors get extremely busy once summer rolls around, and you probably don’t want to deal with having no AC once it’s already hot.
These little things around your home can break down depending on the intensity of weather. If you’re a Diamond Club member, we’ll talk about any areas of concern during an inspection just to make sure you’re tuned into your plumbing system and heating & air system. If you have any questions or want to schedule an overall inspection of your system, you can always reach out to the team at Wisler Plumbing & Air. Contact us online or call 540-483-9382.