Spring Plumbing Tips
Spring has sprung which means it’s officially time to begin spring cleaning. Most people will begin cleaning carpets, dusting unreachable areas, and other tasks to clean up their home for summer. We are here to tell you about the behind the scenes work that typically gets over-looked, the plumbing in our kitchens, bathrooms, and appliance. Below are simple tips to incorporate into your spring cleaning regimen to savey money, water, energy, and your appliances.
TIP #1: Check the drains Pour a gallon of water down the drains that are not frequently used including the floor drains. This will trap any unwanted odors and prevent them from entering your house. Any that are slow to drain should be snaked to ensure that if a flood were to happen, they would be prepared with quick draining.
TIP #2: Check the pipes Go through your home and check all of the exposed pipes under sinks for leaks. Also check the pipes in the basement for possible leaks, this is a commonly missed place and the first section of the house to flood.
TIP #3: Test your sump pump Pour a few buckets of water into the sump pump pit. The pump should immediately turn on, pump out the water, and then turn back off without issue.
TIP #4: Install a backflow valve If you live in an area where sewers commonly backup into homes consider installing this in your floor drain. By installing a backflow valve you can prevent future backups.
TIP #5: Slow leaks Check for slow leaks by taking your water meter reading at night right before you go to bed. Do not use the water all night and check the meter reading again the next morning. If the numbers are different then you have a leak that needs repair.
TIP #6: Check the water heater The temperature that is set on your water heater should be no higher than 120℉ to reduce the energy usage in your home as well as prevent scalding.
TIP #7: Drain the water heater It’s important to flush out the corrosion that causes sediment by draining a few gallons of water out of the heater. This sediment reduces the efficiency of your water heater and shortens the lifespan. For more information or tips about your specific water heater check out the manufacturers website.
TIP #8 Replace that old water heater If you have had your water heater for 15 years or more it’s time to consider replacing it with a new, energy efficient model. Not sure of the age? The first four numbers of the serial number are the month and year the water heater was made.
TIP #9: Safety double check Look in the areas around your water heater and furnace to double check there isn’t flammable near it.
TIP #10: Check water supply hoses Dishwasher, ice maker, and washing machine are all prone to having their supply hoses leak or bulge due to buildup. If you notice either of these issues or if your hose is weak, it’s time to replace it. We strongly recommend the reliable and unburstable stainless steel hoses whenever possible.
TIP #11: Deep clean lint trap If your washing machine has a lint trap, now is the time to clean it! Lint traps that are too full can create large issues like house fires. *Quick Tip: Place a wire trap or a thin piece of pant hose over the hose that drains the washer to prevent excessive lint.
Bathroom & Kitchen
TIP #12: Faucet check Make sure you check all of the faucets in your kitchen and bathroom for drips and leaks. Repairing this is an easy way to save money on your utility bills.
TIP #13: Prevent clogs Drain lines become easily clogged when hair, soap, and debris gets stuck inside of them. The easiest way to prevent this is by ensuring all of the drains in your home have strainers.
TIP #14: Check toilets for leaks Leaks can be difficult to identify in your toilet, but they are one of the biggest water wasters in your home. The easiest way to check for hidden leaks is by putting 6-8 drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the toilet has a leak the color will appear in the toilet bowl within within 30 minutes. Be sure to check the tank and bowl for cracks or leaks as well.
TIP #15: Move valves Move the water supply valves around under sinks and toilets to prevent them from sticking.
TIP #16: Clean the shower head Mineral deposits build up on the shower head over time and can clog if not cleaned. To clean the deposits, remove the shower head and soak it overnight in vinegar. Gently scrub the shower head after soaking overnight to remove the deposits. You can also fill a bag partially with vinegar and tie it onto the shower head with a rubberband.
By taking these tips into consideration with your spring cleaning you can cost bill costs, save energy, and lengthen the lifespan of your home. If you have found that you have leaks, cracks, or need new appliances, feel free to reach out to us! Contact Shamrock Plumbing at 801-505-9505 or online.