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Vacation is a time to relax, so the last thing you want to do is return home from spring break to find water all over your floor! If you’re leaving your Frederick County home for spring break, make sure you turn off plumbing and fixtures to prevent significant, expensive damage while you’re gone.
Here is a checklist of things to turn off or maintain before heading out of town.
Check for Leaks
Examine all your exposed pipes within a couple days before you leave, so you can call a Middletown plumber to fix them. You won’t feel like dealing with a leak when you return from your relaxing trip!
Test Your Sump Pump
If you want to avoid a flooded basement when you’re gone, make sure your sump pump is working. To test your pump, run enough water through it to raise the float so the pump kicks on. Then watch to make sure the water gets pumped out of the hole. If the pump doesn’t kick on or the water doesn’t go out, call us.
Turn Off the Main Water Valve
Turn off the main water valve at the street connection or on the valve in your home to reduces the risk of damage from a broken pipe or fixture, or a leak that could end up costing you lots of money.
Turn Off Faucets
Just in case you forget to turn off the main water valve, tightly close faucets in the bathtub, showers, sinks and even outside spigots.
Turn Down the Water Heater
There’s no point in paying to heat water when no one is there to enjoy it. Set your water heater to “vacation mode” to save on your next utility bill.
Maintain Your Pool
Many Frederick County families open their pool before spring break. It’s not a good idea to turn your pool pump completely off since algae can build up in your pool, so keep it running at optimal settings and invite a friend over to check on it to make sure it’s working okay. You’ll also want to keep an eye on how much rain is in the forecast, and teach a friends how to drain the pool if needed.
Enjoy your vacation, and if you have any plumbing issues when you return, we’ll be happy to help!
This time of year in Harford County brings fluctuating temperatures that can cause plumbing problems. Very warm days followed by a cold spell can wreak havoc on pipes, leading to big trouble if you ignore signs that something is wrong. We’ll tell you about five common plumbing and drainage problems that can happen this time of year so you know what to look for.
If you notice these warning signs, call Putman Plumbing!
When water pressure is low, it’s often a sign that there’s a leak somewhere which could be coming from a cracked pipe. If it happens once, it’s probably no big deal, but if you notice it doesn’t return to normal, you’ll need a licensed Middletown plumber to take a look.
Leaky pipes will cause water to pool in the affected area. You may see small puddles under your outside faucet, a wet spot under your sink, or even a big puddle in the middle of the yard where an underground pipe has burst. It’s important to get this fixed right away so your water bill doesn’t go through the roof and to prevent more damage.
If you notice slow draining in all of your sinks, showers and tubs, it could be due to a tree root in the drain line. Water has a hard time getting past the root, so it won’t be able to drain as quickly. When all of your drains are slow, it’s important to have a plumber assess the situation in case a pipe needs to be repaired.
There could also be clogs in water pipes from holiday meals such as greasy foods clinging to the sides, but if this is the case you’ll just notice one drain operating slowly. Your trusted Frederick County plumber can remove the clog using a power rodding machine with drain cable.
When a sump pump discharge line is clogged with sticks, dirt, rocks and other debris, water can’t properly exit. Check to see if this is the problem, and clear as much as you can see to determine if that’s the problem. You may want to add a grated attachment that keeps debris from building up inside. If your sump pump still doesn’t work after clearing the line, give us a call to prevent a flooded basement this spring.
If you notice any of the above issues, contact us. We’ll be happy to come out and take a look to make sure your plumbing works well for the rest of the season!