When spring is approaching, you definitely need to think about your plumbing system in addition to spring cleaning. If you properly maintain your plumbing, then this will lower the chances that you'll experience serious issues and have to deal with expensive damages. So, we will now get into a quick checklist for spring plumbing maintenance that will save you a lot of money and stress.
Thoroughly check all of your faucets to ensure that there aren't any leaks or water escaping via the connections. In the event that you do find leaks, then make sure that you repair them and install new faucets. This will go a long way in lowering your water bill as well as preventing water damage. You should also check for leaks in your pipes, both visible ones as well as those that are in your basement, under your sink etc.
Check for leaks in your toilet. Be sure to thoroughly check the tank as well as the bowl. If you don't see any visible leaks, add about 6 drops of red food dye in your toilet's tank. Then, check to see if the color shows up inside of the toilet bowl. If you do see the dye in the bowl after about an hour, then there is a leak and you should call a professional to look at it.
Always check the water supply hoses for your appliances such as your dishwasher, ice maker, washing machine etc. In the event that the hoses are many years old and they are weak, then you should replace them with new hoses. It is best to install stainless steel hoses which are much better quality hoses that will last longer. You should also check your washing machine's lint trap to ensure that it is clean and that none of the lint is getting into your plumbing. Also, be sure to place a pantyhose or other type of wire trap on the water hose which is responsible for draining water out.
It is no secret that more modern water heaters are a lot more energy efficient. So, you should check the age of your water heater and replace it if possible if it is 15+ years old. No matter how old your water heater may be, there are many things you can do to ensure it is operating efficiently. One thing you can do is ensure that the temperature is set to 120 degrees or lower. This will save electricity and lower your bill. Make sure that there are no other items near to your water heater and remove them if they are too close. This will also work well to improve efficiency.
Next, make sure that you test out your sump pump to ensure that it is operating well. You can do this by pouring water into the area where the sump pump is located. This should cause it to start working and drain the water. If this doesn't occur then there is an issue that will need to be checked by a professional.
You should always take the time to check the drains and pipes that are around your property. Ensure that they are all clear and free of debris. Be sure to look at your exterior faucets and ensure that they are working properly. If they have any issues, you should get the faucets and piping replaced.