As the old saying goes, April showers bring May flowers and this year is no exception. Weather forecasters are predicting a wet and rainy spring, which could mean an extra strain on your plumbing system. The exterior of your home in particular may be hit hard by spring downpours. The best way to keep your plumbing system up and running during the rainy spring season is through proper maintenance and repair. Here are some outdoor plumbing tips for spring from the experienced specialists at Priority Plumbing.
Clear Your Gutters
One of the first things you should do once the snow melts is clear out your gutters. Eavestroughs collect leaves during the fall and dirt and debris throughout the winter that can clog their drainage capacity. This can cause backups, especially during the spring when it’s raining more than usual. Backed up gutters can cause flooding, leaks, and other water damage to your property. Prevent this issues from wreaking havoc on your home by clearing out your gutters as early in the season as possible.
Consider a Backwater Valve
The area of the home that is most vulnerable to flooding is the basement. Some homes are more prone to basement flooding than others, depending on the terrain and climate of the area and the elevation of the house. You may want to consider installing a backwater valve in your basement if it’s prone to flooding, especially during the spring when water levels are higher than normal. Backwater valves prevent water and sewage from flooding into your home should the main sewer line become overloaded. While not necessary for every home, this plumbing feature can be very helpful for preventing flooding during the spring.
The spring season is the perfect time to reassess the plumbing in your home. For a full interior and exterior plumbing inspection, repair and maintenance services, trust the experienced and professional team at Priority Plumbing. We’ve been providing high quality plumbing services to residents across Toronto and the surrounding area for over 15 years. For more information about our plumbing services, contact us today at Priority Plumbing.