Seasonal Plumbing 101: Proactive Spring Plumbing Maintenance Tips
It isn’t only the cold spell that can damage your plumbing system. With spring just around the corner, homeowners need to make the necessary preparations for a warmer weather. Spring is the prime time for yearly rituals of cleaning and deodorising homes. It offers an ideal time for scheduled maintenance of the plumbing system since it is the time where things begin to thaw and defrost after a potentially damaging winter. Besides, this will ensure that homes are protected from varying plumbing emergencies, wasteful water consumption and expensive utility bills.
Avoid various plumbing-related hassles and fully enjoy the season come alive with sunshine and colour with the following proactive measures to keep your plumbing humming:
Inspect your taps for drips or leaks. Make necessary repairs as soon as possible, for although dripping taps may seem to waste only droplets of water, this could actually drive your water bills higher. Additionally, look into your toilets for leaks or any other physical damage. Simply squeeze a few drops of food colouring into the tank and leave it for about 30 minutes. Then, try to check if the toilet bowl has changed its colour. If that’s the case, you may need to change the flapper or contact a plumber as soon as possible to remedy the problem. This will prevent worsening the situation and avoid maximised costs of future repairs.
For a better water flow, you may change tap aerators and clean your shower heads. Get a baggy filled with vinegar and soak the showerhead into it using a rubber band. Leave it overnight, then scrub away the mineral deposits loosened using an old toothbrush.
Maintain Your Drains
Install strainers in your drains to prevent hair, food particles, soap and other debris from getting stuck and forming stubborn clogs. In the event of blocked drains, unclog them immediately or contact a qualified plumber to address the problem.
Regularly run water over infrequently used drains so as to refill any odour traps that may have dried up over the winter and prevent sewer gases from escaping into your home.
Include the inspection of your appliances in your routine plumbing maintenance. Ascertain that they operate at their optimum performance.
Make sure that your water heater thermostat is set to no higher than 120 degrees F to reduce energy costs and prevent scalding. For homeowners with storage-type water heaters, flush out any hard water sediment and minerals that are collected in the tank which cause corrosion, limit the efficiency and shorten the lifespan of the appliance. Keep away flammable materials from your water heater and replace old units that are more than 15 years old. Newer models are guaranteed to be more energy-efficient and cost-effective. Furthermore, read the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the product’s maintenance.
Dishwasher and Washing Machine
Replace machine hoses that have leaks and bulges. Usually, hoses should be changed if they are older than 10 years. Further, it is advisable to use braided stainless steel instead of using rubber hoses.
Make sure to keep your sump pump primed and ready this spring. If you have not checked your sump pump regularly, test out its operation by pouring a few buckets of water into the sump pit. Expect the pump to run in a matter of seconds, discharging all the water when it reaches up to 8-12 inches below the surface of the basement floor, then automatically shutting down. If it fails to function properly, have your sump pump serviced by a qualified plumber before it breaks down completely.
Try to check if you have installed a battery backup for the sump pump. If you have not, consider having one. In the case of a power outage, a battery backup will allow you sump pump to continue working.
Regularly inspect the ground where your septic tank is buried. If you notice unusual wet spots or puddles on the surface, you may have to seek a plumbing serve to check on your septic system and ensure there are no issues that have to be addressed.
Gutter and Downspouts
Make sure to clear your gutters from debris and leaves before spring storms arrive to prevent clogs, mould growth and water damage. Further, make certain that downspouts are pointed away from our home.
Outdoor Taps and Irrigation System
Test your exterior taps and hose bibs. Turn them on and make sure that there are no drips and the water flows well. An in-ground irrigation system consists of a backflow device that protects potable water from contamination. Test out its components and repair or replace damaged parts before you use the system to water your grass when summer arrives.
By adhering to these maintenance tips, you are sure to keep your plumbing system in tip-top shape as the April showers roll in!.