Plumbing Repair Northern Virginia

2022 Spring Plumbing Checklist 

If you don’t already, you should check your faucets, drains, water heater, and other home plumbing elements at least twice a year. Doing so, particularly in the spring, ensures that your plumbing keeps operating smoothly. If you notice an issue, you can contact a plumbing repair expert for maintenance and a thorough inspection before the problem turns into a plumbing emergency

Northern Virginia residents and businesses can rely on R.A. Dobson for such services. Our company offers heating, cooling, and plumbing services. Specifically, we provide installations, maintenance, repairs, and replacements for these home appliances. For over 45 years, our technicians have helped folks remain comfortable in their homes. When you need a home services provider, contact R.A. Dobson for reliable work and excellent customer service.

Below, we provide a list of plumbing parts you should check this upcoming spring: 

Plumbing Features to Check During Spring


Begin by examining the faucets in your kitchen, bathrooms, and outdoor sinks. To test their operation, check their water’s pressure level, flow, and color.

Inspecting these outlets is a good starting point in determining your plumbing system’s condition. It also helps your faucets remain efficient. If you notice problems with their water flow or pressure—or if the faucets are rusted and outdated—you may need a plumbing repair specialist.


Next, check the drains connected to your plumbing system. Drains often provide the first signal that your system is clogged or leaking. If any of your sinks receive little use, you should pour a gallon of water in them now and then to prevent odors from rising.

Run a mild drain cleaner through your drains every so often to break down any buildup in them. If you still notice issues, like water draining from your sink too slowly, the system may have a clog or another drainage issue. 

In that case, contact the plumbing professionals at R.A. Dobson. We can perform a quick inspection and make the necessary repairs, whether that involves a quick fix or intricate work.

Water Heater 

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You should also look into the condition of your water heater. You need not wait for spring to do so—inspect your water heater as winter approaches. Since they receive constant use for many years,  they tend to wear down quite a lot.

Look for leaks around its base, including the cold water inlet pipe and the temperature and pressure relief valve. Check the top as well, particularly around the hot water exit pipe.

You should have a trustworthy plumbing service perform regular maintenance on your water heater. Additionally, you should flush your water heater at least once a year to remove harmful sediment and clean the burner. These steps can greatly increase the lifespan and efficiency of your water heater.

Sump Pump

If your basement or another space has a sump pump, you should check its functioning as well. While not a major part of your plumbing system, a sump pump protects the lower floors from flooding and water from damaging your property. Checking it only requires you to fill the sump pit with water. The pump should activate and flush the water out. 

Of course, if you lack a sump pump system in your basement, contact a home plumbing and a drainage professional for R.A. Dobson. We install top-of-the-line sump pumps to protect your home and property.

R.A. Dobson, Inc: Qualified Plumbing Repair Experts in Northern Virginia

Checking your home plumbing system helps you to avoid expensive repairs. You should also have a professional plumbing repair and maintenance service on call, like R.A. Dobson. Our home appliance technicians handle HVAC, heating, and plumbing services as well as generator installations, thermostat replacements, and more. If you need professional help with your plumbing or HVAC system, contact us at (703) 481-3700 and learn more about our services today.

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