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How to Prepare Your Plumbing & HVAC Systems for Mendota’s Storm Season

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As storm season approaches in Mendota, there’s more to do than stock up on supplies. You also need to prepare your plumbing and HVAC systems to hold up to the challenges of inclement weather.

Call the team at Triple Service to maintain or repair your plumbing and HVAC. We also put together some essential tips to ensure your home is ready before the next storm!

Clear Out Your Gutters and Downspouts

One of the best things you can do to prepare for storm season is to clear out your gutters and downspouts. Everything from leaves, debris and other blockages is prone to clogging up your gutters and leading to water backup. It may not seem like a pressing issue, but failing to clear your gutters and downspouts can lead to foundation issues and costly plumbing problems.

Inspect and Clean Your Sump Pump Systems

If your home has a sump pump, you should carefully clean and inspect it before the next storm rolls in. Remove any dirt, debris, and other obstructions to keep it clear. Next, test your pump by pouring water into the sump pit to see if it’s actually working properly. If you don’t have a sump pump, now is a good time to invest in one. Contact the team at Triple Services to help keep your basement from flooding during a heavy rainfall.

Look for Signs of Plumbing Leaks

Even the smallest leaks can turn into a plumbing emergency during a storm or a water backup. Look for indicators of plumbing leaks, such as:

  • Wet spots on your floor, ceiling, or walls
  • You can’t locate the source of the sounds of running water.
  • There has been an unexpected increase in water bills without any obvious reason.
  • Your water meter is running even when your water spigots are all turned off.
  • You have mold or mildew in specific areas of your home.
  • You can see small cracks in the exposed pipes.

If you suspect you have a plumbing leak, call our plumbers in Mendota right away. We’ll send someone over to get to work on the problem as soon as possible.

Get Professional Drain Cleaning Services

Clogged, sluggish drains are signs of a deeper problem. You can resolve a simple clog with a plunger and a DIY solution like vinegar, baking soda, and boiling water. If you have ongoing, persistent clogs, you have a tree root intrusion in your sewer line or a sewer problem. Professional drain cleaning with hydro jetting—a strong stream of water—can break through even the most stubborn clogs. We also offer sewer lining and plumbing repair services to keep everything in pristine condition.

Change Your HVAC Air Filters

Once your plumbing checklist is under control, you should look to a simple HVAC maintenance fix. Change out your air filter to keep the air flowing through as effortlessly as possible. You need strong AC and ventilation to help mitigate the risk of mold or mildew after a storm.

Check for Leaks Around Windows and Doors

Leaky windows and doors allow air to escape and rainwater in. You could end up with mold and mildew growing in your home. Inefficient heating and cooling also means your HVAC is working harder, resulting in higher utility bills. Seal up any gaps or cracks with weatherstripping or caulking to keep out rainwater, wind, and grime while maintaining energy efficiency.

Clear Out the HVAC Condensate Drain Line

Clogged condensate drain lines in your HVAC system can lead to water backup and potential damage. Before a storm hits, check your condensate drain line for debris and buildup. You can also use a wet/dry vacuum or a mixture of vinegar and water to help flush out the line and encourage proper draining.

Schedule Routine Maintenance Checks

Don’t ignore your plumbing and HVAC system. Ideally, you want to schedule plumbing and HVAC maintenance checks before the first storm hits. But it’s also better late than never. No matter what time of year it is, stay on top of routine maintenance with a qualified technician before the season starts. A professional inspection by the team at Triple Service can make sure your systems are working efficiently, run tests, clean up problematic areas, and restore your peace of mind.

Call Triple Service for Plumbing and HVAC Help Today

Make sure your plumbing and HVAC systems are in top-notch working condition, running efficiently, and ready for storm season. Call Triple Service today for all your HVAC maintenance, plumbing repairs, and plumbing inspections of your home. Schedule your appointment today!