March is behind us, which means we are firmly in Spring territory. With that comes one of the most time-honored, seasonal traditions of all. That’s right, Spring Cleaning! While we here at Parker & Sons are the folks to call, we also know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. What that means is, passing on the info that will be the most valuable for you, in this case, some spring cleaning tips for your plumbing system, most of which can be lumped in with your actual cleaning of the features.
- Check for leaks!
- Examine all pipes in your home. A quick eye test can identify most leaks under sinks and faucets.
- We’ve gone over this before on the blog, but in short: use the water meter and test out your valves inside and out to locate and pinpoint any possible leaks.
- During these checks, exercise the supply valves under sinks and other features to ensure they won’t be sticking.
- Go about your home and use drain cleaner to break down clogs and prevent problem pipes. If any of the drains are consistent cloggers, backing up regularly, take the time now to snake them out completely and get a fresh start on the process.
- After the drains, have been cleaned, snaked, or otherwise handled, put in mesh strainers over them to prevent any further hair or debris from clogging your drain. You just spent all that time getting them back in order, don’t let them get backed up so easily.
- Water Heater
- The water heater is an important fixture for just about everything you do in your home. Take the time to do maintenance on it including flushing it to prevent sediment build up (see water heater manufacturers notes on how to properly do this for your unit), clean the area around the water heater of flammable objects, and set the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything higher and you’ll be risking burns and energy inefficiency.
- The Toilet
- And of course, test your toilet using the food coloring method. Flush the toilet, when the tank refills put in several drops of food coloring, and wait 20-30 minutes. If when you return there is any color in the bowl, you’ll know you have a leak.
These are just a few of the more common and easy to do checkups you can mix into your spring cleaning routine and we’ll tackle even more next time on the blog.