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Opening Your Home Up After A Long, Cold Winter Away? 5 Ways To Check For Plumbing Problems

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If you shut your home down for the winter, it's time to start thinking about your return. This is particularly true if you shut off the water to your home. Shutting the water off to your house will have prevented ruptured pipes, but it might not have prevented other types of pluming damage, such as frozen gaskets, flex lines, and hoses. Once you return home, you'll need to take steps to get water back to your home, while avoiding potential watery messes. Here are five steps you'll need to take to avoid floods once you turn the water back on to your home.

Inspect the Fittings

Before you turn the water back onto your home, go around and inspect all the fittings, including the flex lines attached to your toilets. Give each of them a turn to make sure they're still securely attached. During the cold winter months, the freezing temperatures could have caused expansion and constriction, which could have loosened the fittings. Once you've inspected each fitting, you'll be ready to move on to the next step.

Turn Off All the Dedicated Valves

After you've inspected all the fittings in your home, go back through and turn off all the dedicated water valves. Those are the valves that control the water to specific fixtures, such as your toilets, sinks, and washing machine. You'll need to have those off so that you can test each of them individually. If you have the all the valves on, and they've all been damaged, you'll be dealing with a houseful of leaks all at the same time.

Test Each Fixture Individually

Once you've turned all the dedicated valves off, it will be time to turn the water back on to your house. Now's the time when you'll find out if your plumbing survived the cold winter. After the water is back on, head into the house and test each fixture individually. To do that, you'll go to each fixture, and turn the dedicated valve to the on position. Once the water is on to that each fixture, watch for leaks. When you get to your toilets, give each of them a flush. If you locate any leaks, turn the dedicated valve off to that fixture, and move on to the next.

Check the Water Pressure

In addition to testing for the leaks you can see, it's also a good idea to check for leaks that you can't see. The best way to do that is to test the water pressure. Turn your faucets on one at a time. If the water pressure significantly decreases with each faucet you turn on, you could have a leak somewhere in the walls, or underground. It's time to call the plumber.

Call for Repairs

If your inspection turned up damages or leaks, you'll need to contact a plumber in your area as soon as possible. Avoid using the damaged fixtures until they can be repaired. If any of your fixtures have severe damage or leaks, leave the water off until a plumber can take care of the repairs for you.

Contact a business like Drainman The for more information.