Spring Cleaning is right around the corner! While you’re getting the house in order, make sure your plumbing’s up to par with our top tips for routine plumbing maintenance this spring.
Inspect all indoor pipes and faucets for any visible signs of plumbing damage over the winter season.
2. Water Heater
Make sure the temperature on your water heater is set no higher than 140 degrees to avoid scalding, or 120 degrees if you’re a single occupant or have children. Flush your heater annually to reduce buildup, maintain water pressure, and prevent bursting pipes. Consider replacing any model older than 10 years old to increase efficiency and save on your water bill.
Check for leaks in washing machine, refrigerator, dishwasher, and any other appliances with a water hose. Any worn hoses or hoses older than ten years should be replaced, and if possible, upgraded to stainless steel.
Add a few drops of food coloring to your toilet tank. If any color moves to the toilet bowl within a half hour or so, you’ve discovered a leak that should be repaired.
Tie a bag of vinegar around your shower head, and soak it overnight to remove mineral deposits.
Pour a gallon of water down the drains you use less often to fill the trap, preventing odors from drifting upwards. Consider installing hair strainers in all drains.
7. Sump Pump
Slowly pour five gallons of water into your sump pump pit, then activate the system. The sump pump should drain the water and then shut down. If the unit doesn’t shut off after draining, the equipment may be faulty.
8. Outdoor Drains
Clear your downspouts, yard drains and gutters of leaves and debris.
9. Outdoor Faucets and Hose Bibs
Turn on any outdoor faucets to test water flow. Ensure there is immediate water pressure when turned on, and no excess dripping when turned off. Looks for leaks along the wall beneath your hose bibs. Irregularities in plumbing are often first discovered when homeowners turn on their outdoor faucets in the spring. Longterm, consider winterizing your faucets and installing freeze-proof spigots.
If you’ve detected an issue, don’t rush into risky DIY repairs. Consider getting a professional opinion from the experts at Morgan Miller Plumbing, (816) 765-4843.