Spring Plumbing Preparations

Calgary in Spring: It’s warmer! No, wait, it’s colder – hey look! It’s warmer!!

img_245x315_guyWelcome to spring in Alberta, where temperatures can go from Arctic to balmy and back again in less time than it takes to change a tire. It’s an old joke that if you don’t like the weather, just wait 10 minutes – it’ll change. All those fluctuations can be hard on more than just people though – think about your plumbing for a second.

As part of your regular winter preparations, you probably drained your outdoor water taps. That’s good. Now that the mercury is starting to creep out of tundra territory, it’s soon going to be time to check those pipes for leaks. Before you get out there to hook up the hose and water the begonias, make sure that your water lines haven’t suffered over a hard winter. There are a few things you can do:

Check Outdoor Taps for Leaks

Run the exterior taps and then check inside for leaks. Occasionally the pipes feeding to the taps can split, leading water to leak down the inside of your wall. By doing a quick visual check, you can very easily determine if you’re “all systems go” or if you need a visit from an expert.

Check Basin Drainage

Watch to see how basins, tubs and sinks drain. You might wonder what this has to do with winter but venting lines that help your vessels drain quickly are built up into the roof. You want to make sure that everything is draining properly. If not, you could have an icy blockage.

Excavate your Eavestroughs

Now is the time to excavate your eavestroughs! Everyone wants to spend hours stripping mucky leaves and other. . . debris out of eavestroughs, we know. However, some time spent on basic home maintenance will mean that your eavestroughs can do the job they were designed to do and water will flow off your roof which brings us to..

Angle Your Downspouts

Make sure your downspouts are properly positioned and angled away from your foundation. And be a good neighbour; make sure your downspouts aren’t pointed at their foundations either. Don’t forget, in Calgary if you have a swale or surface drainage ditch on your property, you are responsible to ensure it is kept free of blockages. Your neighbours will thank you!

Spring will get here – eventually. By following these simple steps, you can catch potential problems early or even prevent them in the first place. And don’t forget, warmer temperatures mean it’s also time to turn down the humidifier. If you have any questions, we’re here to help. Please give us a call or drop us a line – we’d love to hear from you!