As the clocks move forward and the weather slowly begins to warm-up, now is the time for maintenance and plumbing tips for spring.
The attention of homeowners often turns toward outdoor maintenance in gardens and alike during the spring months. However, this is also a great time to get on top of the plumbing and heating in your home and ensure everything is in tip-top condition.
Over the long winter months, your boiler will be working hard to heat your home and provide hot water on a daily basis. Pipes carry vital water supplies and waste water to and from your property, while guttering and grids keep everything draining smoothly from rain water run-off and appliances around the house.
As we move in to spring, it’s the perfect time to do some essential maintenance tasks on your property. Below, we’ve listed several maintenance and plumbing tips for spring.
- Service your boiler during spring
After months of heavy usage, spring will see the reliance on your boiler for central heating reduce and thus give you an opportunity to have it properly serviced by a qualified boiler engineer. Doing this during spring time means that you can put it to the back of your mind for the rest of the year, and not have to worry about it when autumn arrives. Planning work like this for spring also means there are no nasty surprises later in the year when the temperature drops and you turn the heating on, only to find it’s not working. Scheduling maintenance work ahead of time is vital.
- Clear gutters and grids
A vital part of the maintenance on your home is ensuring that gutters and grids are kept clear. In spring, make sure you get out and remove the build-up of leaves that may have collected during the autumn and winter. Grids especially will be easily clogged, especially in areas of your property you may seldom access during the winter months. Ensuring grids are clear is vital, especially with the heavy rainfall usually experienced in spring.Also, the guttering around the top of your house is prone to collecting broken roof tiles during winter storms. Not only will these need removing, but it will also help you to identify potential problems with your roofing. Missing tiles can not only lead to leaks in your roof, but also a loss of heat in your property and thus causing higher heating bills.
- Check condition of outside water sources
Spring marks the first real opportunity to get back out in to the garden this year. During the winter months, it’s unlikely you have used garden water sources, be it the trusty outside tap or the irrigation/sprinkler system you may have installed to water your garden during the summer.Now is the ideal time to check everything is still functioning as expected. Check your outdoor tap to ensure it is not worn or dripping. Also, any pipes sending water to sprinkler systems and alike will need to be checked for blockages. Again, ensuring your garden plumbing is in good working order ahead of time is much better than waiting until you need it.