Spring is a good time to get everything in order with your plumbing. While you are doing your "Spring cleaning" you can focus on plumbing maintenance as well. Below, we will be going over some of our top Spring plumbing tips.
This is a very good time to check all of your piping, faucets, and toilets for potential unspotted leaks. By checking for hidden leaks, you should be able to figure out whether or not you have a problem that can become much more serious very quickly. A good way to inspect your toilet for potential hidden leaks is by dropping some food coloring into the tank. By doing this, you will be able to see whether or not the toilet is leaking because it will leak into the bowel.
Another thing that you are going to want to do this maintenance checkup is trying loosening or at least exercising the water supply valves underneath the sink and the toilet. This way, you will be able to prevent the common problem of having them stick.
Another thing that you are going to want to do when you are looking to see if everything is going well would be checking your toilets to ensure that they are flushing properly. If you notice that you have to hold the handle down too long or if you need to hold the handle up to get it to stop, you are likely dealing with worn-out parts that need to be replaced. The good thing is, these parts are typically easy to replace and they can help to reduce the amount of water you waste every time you use the toilet. While you will likely need to purchase these parts, they are inexpensive. Therefore, they are worth replacing for the improved efficiency alone.
Another thing that you should do during this Spring checkup and cleaning session would be to clean your shower head. If you are in an area with hard water, you are likely going to have a lot of mineral deposits on your shower head. These mineral deposits can build up and cause blockages with your showerhead. By cleaning and getting rid of them, you will have a better functioning showerhead and better efficiency as well.
Sometimes, you might notice that birds have nestled in your plumbing vent pipes. This is especially true during the Springtime. Therefore, you will want to check to ensure that these vent pipes are clear and that no birds have decided to nest there.
Another thing that you should be doing during this time would be to maintain the infrequently used drains in your home. Simply pour water down these drains in order to help prevent odors from creeping up and entering the house.
Overall, there is a lot that you can do to properly maintain your plumbing. Springtime is typically one of the best times of the year to check up on everything to ensure that nothing is broken and to ensure that you are not dealing with any issues that can become much larger issues when left alone.