When seasons change, and spring is in the air many homeowners will begin to realize some of the effects the winter months had on their home that may lead to water damage—broken pipes, cracked hose bibs, sump pump failures, etc. After another long and cold Minnesota winter, I know most of us are ready for warmer weather, but most importantly is your plumbing?
Here are a few quick tips for you to consider this spring to prevent water damage to your Minneapolis home or business:
Clear debris from places such as your downspouts and any area surrounding your sump pump discharge line. With any additional snow melting and upcoming rain, it’s very important to inspect your sump pump discharge line to make sure nothing is clogged or blocked.
Test your sump pump! All too often we see flooded basements due to sump pump malfunctions.
Visually inspect your property for blockages or obstructions that could prevent any remaining melting snow from draining.
If you’re able to, It is very important to clear debris such as leaves, twigs etc. from your gutters so water can drain appropriately.
Visually inspect your outside pipes for leaks and damage. This is especially important when it comes to your hose bib (outdoor faucet). Although it might still be a little early to turn your outside water back on. Once the weather gets a bit warmer, this is definitely something you’ll want to keep in mind.
Two MAIN things to ALWAYS remember to avoid water damage in the spring: Make sure the water gets drained in the fall by turning on the outside faucet; when the water gets turned back on in spring, double check the line to the outside right away to make sure it didn’t break over the winter.