Spring Plumbing Tips: Top 5 Tips for Cleaning Your Plumbing This Spring
After winter’s frost has come and gone, it’s important to do double-duty checks on your drains and pipes. Checking for leaks should become a regular part of your spring maintenance schedule, and can save gallons of water for even the tiniest crack. An easy way to maintain drains around the house is to run hot water through them regularly, including drains in the floor. Another easy way to maintain drain quality is a backup mesh drain trap in sinks, which will catch debris that might otherwise cause clogs.
A quick way to check toilets for leaks is to add a few drops of food coloring to the bowl. When a leak appears, it is easier to spot against the white porcelain of the toilet. Another way to save water when it comes to the bathroom is a well-functioning flush handle. If you need to jiggle the handle to stop the flow of water, it may be time to call a professional to replace worn out parts.
Generally, water heaters should be replaced about every 15 years but checked annually for leaking, rotting, rust, or other issues. Plus, maintaining a water heater can preserve energy efficiency, lowering water and energy bills. Along with maintenance, water heaters should be set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to keep from scalding and reduce energy use as well. Other water-using appliances in your house, such as dishwashers, laundry machines, and any other hose-using device should have their hookups examined for rust or bulging, which could signify larger problems within the machine. Stainless steel is often the best material to use for these hoses, wearing down less and causing fewer problems in the long run. These can easily be replaced by a plumber during a home-wide Springtime checkup. After the frost of winter has thawed, spring is a perfect time for an annual check-up with a plumber. The wear and tear of extreme weather can sneak up on homeowners, creating damage that can quickly snowball into larger issues. Small leaks and cracks can be easily dealt with by a professional, and prevent further and more costly repairs. Simply replacing a hose or patching a crack will save you money and headaches in the long run.
Spring is upon us, which means it’s time to deep clean your Chandler home. Give ABC Plumbing and Rooter a call at (480) 726-1600 to freshen your home from the inside out!