When homeowners think of spring cleaning, scrubbing baseboards, dusting, polishing furniture, and cleaning behind appliances usually come to mind. But what about the plumbing? Every home’s pipes need attention and thorough cleaning on occasion, and there’s no better time than the spring. Here are some things that can help get plumbing clean and in top shape.
Check For Leaking Pipes
Leaks aren’t always obvious, but if allowed to persist it can create big problems. To find hidden leaks, open cabinet doors to expose the pipes. Run the hot and cold water taps, one at a time — this will reveal where the leak originates if one is present. Some leaks are easily fixed, but homeowners who are not sure how to resolve the issue should call a plumbing specialist.
Clean Drain Pipes
Drains collect hair, grime, water deposits, and other debris all year long. Fortunately, there are effective natural drain cleaning solutions. Pour four cups of hot water down the drain. Follow by pouring a half cup of baking soda down it, then a cup of distilled vinegar. Cover with a drain plug for 5 to 10 minutes, then finish by pouring down four more cups of hot water. If the drain is still a bit slow or clogged, a deep, professional drain cleaning may be needed.
Examine Vent Pipes
Birds are notorious for building nests in vent pipes. Homeowners who notice nests should put on disposable gloves, a set of goggles, and carefully check to be sure no bird eggs or animals are in the nest. If it’s empty, remove the nest and any debris that’s present in the vent pipe and dispose of it in the trash. If there are birds or eggs inside the nest, homeowners should review the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 before getting rid of any animals that are present.
Climate Design Knows Spring Cleaning and Plumbing!
Climate Design is an experienced residential and commercial plumbing company. Our drain cleaning and preventative maintenance services help extend the life of plumbing systems and improve water quality. Contact Climate Design today to get your house ready for the spring season.