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As your trustworthy local plumbing company, Middletown Plumbing & Drain wants you to be ready for the transitional weather of spring. Although it’s only March, it’s now time to get your plumbing system prepped for warmer temperatures! To assist you in this process, here is a brief list of steps: 


1. CONSIDER YOUR MAIN WATER SHUT-OFF VALVE: Checking your main water shut-off valve should be a regular part of your home maintenance routine, even though you may not turn it on or off frequently. If you find that turning the valve is difficult, then it’s time to consider upgrading this fixture as soon as possible. You don’t want to have difficulties with managing the main water shut-off if an emergency occurs! Make sure you check this important component so that you can easily rotate clockwise and counterclockwise without any problems in case of a plumbing issue. 


  • Faucets & Sink: Although sometimes drips or leaks are not overtly noticeable, it’s important to routinely check your sink faucets and fixtures for any tiny leaks or drips. As a general guide, we recommend doing this inspection every season. Take some time now to inspect the areas around and beneath each of your sinks. Don’t let a leaking pipe under the sink go unnoticed, as it can cause costly water damage to your cabinetry and items stored beneath. Moreover, remember to check for signs of rusting in your pipes below the sink as well. 
  • Toilets: Don’t overlook those toilets! The same concept applies to all your toilets. If you hear the toilet running constantly, or observe water pooling around its base, then take steps immediately. Ignoring even a small issue might enable the problem to expand into an unmanageable one. So don’t wait to address this situation swiftly for optimal results and peace of mind! 

3. CONSIDER YOUR DRAINS: Neglecting your drains can lead to an alarming amount of hair and gunk build-up. To prevent this from becoming a bigger issue, it would be wise to inspect all the drains in sinks, bathtubs, showers etc., regularly – and when’s a better time to start than during your spring cleaning?! Make sure you clear away any clumps of hair or debris before they block up the pipes completely. Drain screens are great for catching loose hairs but need light cleaning every now and then too.  

4. CONSIDER YOUR OUTDOOR FIXTURES: After the cold season has passed, it’s important to make sure your outdoor plumbing fixtures are running efficiently. Turn them on and let them run for a few minutes. You may hear some popping or spurting noises at first, but this is completely normal, and once they settle in, the water should flow freely. Give everything an extra check afterward by waiting a minute after turning off all spigots to verify there aren’t any persistent leaks or drips causing problems down the line. 

5. CONSIDER YOUR WATER HOSES & SPRINKLERS: Moreover, it is essential to examine your water hoses and sprinkler system (if you have one) once they come out of storage for the winter season. Before attaching them back up to outdoor fixtures, take a moment to assess their condition, as freezing temperatures can cause water hoses to shrink, while dry air may lead to cracks or other harm. Thus, double-checking that there are no holes, leakage, or splits in these items is highly encouraged for optimal operation throughout the remainder of the season. 

6. CONSIDER YOUR SUMP PUMP: As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers…”, this is a good indication that it is essential to take precautions and prepare your home for any potential flooding. A sump pump should be on your list of items to double-check; you can easily do this by filling its basin with a few buckets of water. By doing so, you will activate the sump pump to see if it is working properly. Moreover, per industry standards, it is recommended that a sump pump be cleaned every 3-4 months! This will guarantee optimal performance while shielding you from possible issues. 

7. CONSIDER YOUR WATER HEATER: Without yearly water heater inspections, sediment will accumulate in your tank and reduce its efficiency as well as shorten its lifespan. By getting your yearly water heater inspection, we can flush the tank to eliminate any built-up sediment, allowing it to work at an optimal level. So, make sure to plan for your regular inspections yearly – it’s worth it! 

8. CONSIDER YOUR YARD DRAINS & GUTTERS: Remember not to overlook your gutters and outdoor drains! These are designed to transport rainwater away from the vicinity of your home. If leaves and other external elements aren’t cleared out on a regular basis, these can get clogged up quickly. This is why it’s vital they are cleared before the heavy rains come in full force! 

Embrace springtime with confidence and stay prepared for all possible changes in the season by utilizing our plumbing tips. If you require any assistance whatsoever, please do not wait to contact us! You can reach Middletown Plumbing & Drain today at (937) 298-9979, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here