Now that the Valley weather is warming, it’s time to do some plumbing chores which will take the impending heat into consideration. A few preparations ahead of time will mean less work and fewer plumbing problems when the temperatures really soar.
Set irrigation clock for thirsty plants
As the thermostat climbs, keep a sharp eye on irrigation run times. Plants which need special attention include growing bermudagrass, warm weather seasonal plants, and perennials, particularly those which have a high water consumption rate.
Check sprinkler heads, pipes, and hoses.
Now is the time to examine all sprinkler heads and drippers, visible hoses and fittings for cracks, wear, signs of gnawing by vermin, or UV damage. Checks should be performed on all garden hoses and valves, irrigation systems and pool equipment.
Check indoor hoses for all water appliances, including the dishwasher, washing machine, and refrigerator water and ice maker. The tiniest leak will eventually escalate out of control, so this check, which will only take a few seconds, will avoid those bigger leaks which can get so expensive. If you want better appliance hoses, flexible metal hoses last much longer than the hoses supplied by appliance manufacturers.
Expand the irrigation system if needed
If plant material has grown and requires additional drippers, if you’re planning on adding more trees or plants or expanding the lawn, setting up the irrigation for those is so much easier if it’s done before the actual planting.
The periodic leak test
The periodic leak test is performed by shutting off all known water devices and appliances, and the watching the water meter. If it moves, either you forgot to shut something off, or something somewhere is leaking. Then it simply becomes a matter of shutting off valves until the meter stops. If the meter doesn’t stop, start looking for a leak.
Signs of indoor leaks
Signs which point to leaks in the home are a musty odor or a continually running toilet. Signs it’s an irrigation line link are dark or ‘greasy looking’ spots in the lawn, and areas in the landscaping or grass which never dry.
Drain the water heater
You’ll want to drain the water heater before it gets too hot. If you don’t have the manufacturers directions on how to do it, look here in the near future for more blogs about this topic!
Check condensate pump
Your condensate pump can become sickly and full of sludge and algae during the cooler months of non-use. By keeping your condensate pump clean, it will last longer and your HVAC will perform better!
If you perform these few chores, it will get your plumbing off to a good start for Spring.
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