Start with the Kitchen and Bathrooms
The kitchen and bathrooms are among the most frequently used rooms in the house. And, of course, given the plumbing elements present in each, it is a logical place to start your to-do list:
- Check for leaks and drips. Over time, these can result in increased water and utility bills. If you need help fixing them, give Action Service a call.
- Put strainers in your sinks and shower to catch debris, hair, soap, scraps, etc., from clogging your drains.
- Flush your toilet and see if you have to hold the handle down to get it to flush or jiggle it to stop the tank from running. Often, these are signs of inexpensive parts that are worn. A simple, cheap fix will get it back up and running properly.
- Add a few drops of food coloring to your toilet tank. Why? Science experiment? Fun? No, it has a practical use! If you see the color in the bowl in 30 minutes or so, you know that your tank is leaking. Again, this is a relatively inexpensive fix that a plumber can do quickly.
- Clean your showerhead. There are a few easy ways to do this. You can take it off and soak it in vinegar, or if that is not possible, fill a baggie with vinegar and place it over the showerhead. Secure it with a rubber band or a hairband if you have one handy. Soak it overnight and use a toothbrush to gently remove mineral deposits.
Check Your Water-Using Appliances
Time to check out your water heater, dishwasher, and washing machine to ensure they are in tip-top shape.
Your water heater has been working hard all winter. Take a few minutes to inspect it:
- Check your temperature setting. If it’s higher than 120 degrees, turn it down a bit to prevent scalding and to keep energy use inline.
- After a long winter, your tank has built-up sediment, which can cause corrosion. Drain several gallons from the tank to flush this out. It’ll help boost energy efficiency and lengthen the lifespan of your water heater. Check your manufacturer’s instructions or give us a call; we’re happy to flush it for you.
- If your water heater is more than 15 years old, consider replacing it.
Now onto your dishwasher and washing machine:
- Make sure these appliances do not have leaks and bulges in the supply hoses.
- Check the hoses. If they appear worn or are older, replace them. Stainless steel is more durable and reliable.
Tackle All-House Plumbing Projects
Some other spring plumbing maintenance must-dos:
- Flush drains that are not frequently used. These drains can cause odors in the house. To prevent this, pour a gallon of water down drains you do not use frequently.
- Snake any floor drains to keep them clear.
- Check pipes in your basement for signs of leaks and wear.
- If you have a sump pump, pour a few gallons of water into the pit. This should cause the pump to come on immediately. It will discharge the water and then turn off. If it doesn’t, give us a call.
- Test for slow leaks. How? Take a look at your water meter before bed - and then don’t use the water! The next morning, take another reading. If there is a discrepancy, you have a slow leak somewhere. Action Service’s experienced plumbers can diagnose and fix these for you so you can save water and money.
It’s spring; we all want to get outside and enjoy ourselves. While you do, knock a few tasks off your list:
- Check for leaks in your outdoor faucets and spigots (and in their inside water sources).
- Check your garden hoses for leaks.
- Clean gutters, downspouts, and yard drain of leaves, debris, and gunk that’s built up over the winter.
- If you have a sprinkler system, leak for leaks. Some signs that you have a problem include sunken patches, bubbling water, pooling water, and dead spots on your lawn.
Don’t have time to take care of spring plumbing maintenance tasks? Need help with bigger jobs, such as leak repair or water heater replacement? Contact Iredell County’s most trusted plumbers. Action Service is just a call away; we’ll cut your to-do list down to size so you can get out and make the most of the warm weather!