Spring Cleaning Checklist: 14 Plumbing Tips Everyone Should KnowMarch 28, 2018 10:30 am
As spring inches closer and closer, it’s hard not to notice that the weather is slowly picking up. Soon enough, dreary winter days will be but a distant memory. However, not everything about spring is fun and games. In accordance with tradition, many of us will soon need to start thinking about the spring cleaning process.
In this article, we’ll go over a spring cleaning task that most homeowners should already be slightly familiar with: cleaning your pipe and drainage systems. Here are 14 quick tips that should help you avoid any costly plumbing repairs.
1. Inspect your faucets for any leaks or drips. If you find any, make the necessary repairs in order to save water.
2. Inspect your toilet for hidden leaks by adding eight drops of food coloring into the toilet tank. If your toilet is indeed leaking, you should notice color inside the bowl within the following 30 minutes.
3. Fit all of your drains with strainers. This will stop debris, hair, and soap from clogging drain lines.
4. Inspect your toilet bowl and tank for any visible cracks.
5. Ensure that your toilet is flushing properly. If you have to hold down or jiggle the handle to stop water from running, that may be a sign to replace any worn-out tank parts. The good news is that these parts are fairly cheap, and they will help you save on your water bill.
6. Exercise all water supply valves that are hidden under your toilets and sinks to stop them from getting stuck.
7. In order to avoid scalding and reduce unnecessary energy use, the temperature on your water heater should be no higher than 120F.
8. Want to improve the lifespan and improve the efficiency of your heater? Drain several gallons of water from the heater tank — this will flush out any corrosion-causing sediment inside it.
9. Take a look at the serial number of your water heater. The first four numbers should represent the month and year the heater was made. If your heater is more than fifteen years old, consider replacing it for a more energy-efficient one.
10. Pour a single gallon of water into drains you’re not using very frequently. This will fill the trap and stop any odors from entering your house. If you’re worried about a flood, consider snaking slow floor drains to make sure they’ll carry the water quickly.
11. Inspect exposed pipes in the around the home and under sinks for any signs of possible leaks.
12. Ensure that your gutters, downspouts, and yard drains are clean and free of any debris.
13. If you’re worried about a sewer backing up into your house, you’ll want to install a device called a backflow valve. This device should prevent any potential backups.
14. Finally, check your hose bibs and faucets to ensure that water can flow freely.
If you uncover any questionable results, contact the certified plumbing professionals at Coastline Environmental Solutions today! Our team has the right training and tools to repair plumbing issues fast and properly. Give us a call today!
Vincent J. Attardo is the President/CEO of Coastline Environmental Solutions, Inc. He provides Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) investigations, mold and bacteria testing, water damage/mold remediation and repair, and is available for consultation and public speaking. For more information please visit www.coastlineclean.com. Readers may contact him at 800-847-3867 or email at [email protected]