Spring Plumbing Tips for Columbus Ohio

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As the sun slowly comes out of winter hibernation, homeowners across Ohio are beginning to prepare for the annual spring clean. But our industrious Columbus plumbing repairs can often be forgotten during this yearly ritual, despite working hard for us during the winter months.

During World Plumbing Day on 11 March, plumbers across the world worked hard to highlight the importance of caring for your domestic waterworks. Mr Robert Burgon, the World Plumbing Council Chairman, said: “Our hope is that on World Plumbing Day, the world will come to realise that plumbing is essential in protecting both the health of our people and the health of our planet.”

Taking the time to care for your bathroom and kitchen plumbing, external drains and central heating system will help to protect your home against serious problems during the summer months. Here are Dyno’s top tips for cleaning and maintaining a healthy plumbing system:

Kitchen & Bathroom Plumbing

  • Check that all drain strainers are cleared of hair, soaking them overnight to remove any stubborn dirt.
  • Carefully inspect your taps and toilets for any hidden leaks or cracks.
  • Adding a few drops of food coloring to the water in your toilet bowl will help you to see whether it’s properly flushing away.
  • Clean the shower head by unscrewing it and leaving in a bowl of vinegar overnight. In the morning scrub off any limescale deposits with an old toothbrush and replace.

Outside Plumbing

  • Clear all debris from garden drains and gutters. Pour water into any drains that are used infrequently to stop nasty odours from entering your home.
  • Test all external taps to see whether water is flowing freely. If the tap is dripping, check indoors for a leak from a cracked pipe. If your garden or home is at risk of flooding, consider investing in a flood alarm.
  • This battery-operated device will sound a warning when it comes into contact with water, helping you to catch any problems early.

HVAC

  • Take a look at your cold water storage tanks in the attic for damage or water leaks.
  • Remove any clutter – particularly flammable items – from the water heater, and double-check that the temperature on the heater is no higher than 120 degrees F to prevent scalding.
  • Drain a few gallons of water from the heater to flush our any sediment that could corrode your central heating system.

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Spring Sump Pump Tips

Spring is here and the last thing anyone wants is a flooded basement.  Taking just a few minutes and checking the functionality of your sump pump could be the difference between a dry basement and a basement full of water.  We recommend the following be checked at least every 6 months, one time being the end of winter / beginning of spring.

    First check the electrical connection to make sure the pump is plugged in and there is nothing that would interrupt the flow of electricity to the pump

    Fill a bucket of water and dump it in your sump pit.  Make note of the following items:

  • Insure that the float is working properly.  Once the water reaches a certain level, the float is what will kick the sump pump into action.  If your pump does not turn on when the water level is above your float, call us immediately.
  • The second item to look for is the check valve.  The check valve eliminates the back flow of water that has been pumped out of the pit.  Once all of the water is pumped out of the pit, make sure that the water is not flowing back into the pit.  If this is happening, your check valve is not functioning properly.

We at Crawford recommend some sort of backup system for your sump pump, especially if your home is subject to continuous ground water or if the residence is empty for long periods of time.  Two of the following back up systems we offer are:

  • Battery powered backup – Don’t think just because you have a battery back up that it will automatically save your basement if the electric goes out.  We recommended checking operation at least once every 3 months because batteries do die over a period of time.  
  • Water powered backup – This is the most effective back up for your sump pump.  A water line is run to and from your sump pump.  If the electric were to go off, this backup would be engaged and the pump will run off the power generated by the flow of water.

Do you need a new sump pump installed in Columbus, Ohio or need sump pump repair? Call the Columbus sump pump professionals at Crawford Mechanical Services. Our Columbus, OH sump pump services include sump pump repair, sump pump installation and regular check-ups. At Crawford Mechanical Services we can ensure that you will have a sump pump installed in your home that is of high quality to keep your basement dry.