When the cold, harsh winter is over and spring arrives, many people take advantage of the nice weather to do spring cleaning. If you are a homeowner, your spring cleaning routine should not be limited to just cleaning out the house and the garage. It is also a good time to give your water supply a once over. Plumbing problems can be one of life’s biggest hassles. When your plumbing is not functioning properly, it can make everyday tasks extremely difficult, and in some cases, impossible. After the house and garage are cleaned out, there are a few things that you can check with your plumbing.
Check For Leaky Faucets
When your faucet is leaking, it can waste a great deal of water. Wasting water can cause your water bill to increase. Checking for a leaky faucet is more than just checking if there is water dripping from the faucet. You should put a bowl under the faucet for a while, and see if any water has accumulated in it. Some leaks are so slow that you may not notice them. The longer you allow a faucet to leak, the more damage it can cause.
Check For Hidden Leaks
If you have a leak, it will likely be underneath the sink. Since you may not check under your sink often, spring cleaning is a great time. If you see any moisture under the sink, you should first dry it out and check for any rot. Next, turn on the hot and cold water, and check where the leak is coming from. If you find the leak, you should turn off the water to the sink, and call your trusted plumbers in Salisbury, PA to handle the repair. The longer you allow the sink to leak, the more damage it will cause underneath.
Clean Your Drains
To prevent your drains from clogging up, you should have your drains cleaned at least once a year. There is nothing more inconvenient than a clogged or slow drain. If it is something that you want to do on your own, start by putting a bucket under the sink’s trap. Next, unscrew the nuts from the trap connections, and putt it off. Empty the trap into a bucket, and clean it out with a wire brush. Finally, reconnect the trap. If you are not very handy, a local plumber would be able to do a very thorough job.
Check for Leaks in the Toilet
During your spring cleaning, you should check to see if your toilet is leaking. It is very easy to do. Simply put about 6 drops of blue food coloring in the toilet tank and let it sit. After 30 minutes, if there is blue water in the toilet bowl, there is a leak and you should call a plumber.
Service Your Water Heater
Having your water heater checked annually is a good idea. If you don’t have the time or the money to hire a professional, start by checking the temperature on your water heater. It should not be set any higher than 120 degrees. You should also drain several gallons of water from your water heater. This will flush out any corrosion that will cause sediment, which can shorten the lifespan of your water heater.
Because your plumbing system is so complex and so important to your everyday life, it is a good idea to check it annually. When you do a spring cleaning of your plumbing, you will be less likely to have a plumbing malfunction throughout the year.
For any issues that you may be experiencing with your plumbing system, contact Robinson Plumbing. We can address any questions that you might have. Call us before a minor issue becomes a bigger and more expensive problem. We offer plumbing services in Salisbury, PA and all surrounding towns.