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.
Part of plumbing maintenance includes a quick check of the plumbing to avoid potential problems in the future. Through following these steps, you can ensure that your plumbing is in proper working condition.
Plumbing Maintenance Checklist
Here are some things that can help get plumbing clean and in top shape.
1. Check for Leaking Pipes
Leaking pipes 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.
2. Check for Water Leaks
Water leaks waste perfectly good water and raise your water bill. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average household wastes over 10,000 gallons of water per year due to slow leaks. In many cases, these leaks are the result of a damaged valve or o-ring.
The American Water Works Association provides an online tool to estimate just how much water you could be saving.
Check toilets, showerheads, and faucets for small leaks and drips.
If you are concerned that there is a small leak lurking in your toilet but cannot detect it, add a few drops of food coloring to the water tank. This will allow you to see a color change in the water and determine if you need to contact a professional to help with repairs.
Homeowners who are not comfortable working on their plumbing system should immediately contact a plumber when they notice dripping faucets, fixtures, and shower heads.
2. 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.
3. 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 ensure 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.
4. Search Your Property for Water Damage
Water damage is one issue that homeowners should never take lightly.
Not only will water destroy almost any material that it comes into contact with, but it is also a sign that there is damage to one or more pipes in your home.
Water damage often takes place in areas such as under sinks, in basements, around the foundation of a home, and along floorboards.
In addition to visual damage, you and your family should also be wary of unusual musty smells in these areas.
6. Take Care of Your Garbage Disposal
Warm weather is met with baseball games, family parties, and barbecues, and this can put an incredible amount of strain on your garbage disposal if you are not careful.
Everyone in your family should know exactly what can and can’t be put down the garbage disposal during this time of year.
As a general rule, all food debris including fats and oils should be thrown away instead of washed down the sink.
7. Examine the Gutters
Similar to a check that would be done after fall to clear debris lodged in your home’s gutters, check for potential build-up that may have occurred over the winter months.
If your gutters are clogged, it will allow water to build up in certain areas of the house, potentially causing leaks.
Furthermore, branches and other plants close to the house should be trimmed to prevent any damage.
9. Inspect the Irrigation and Septic System
Many homes use irrigation and septic systems. If this is the case, you want to make sure that they are in working order and replace broken parts.
These devices not only protect potable water from contamination, but they are also a huge function of the home. Having to replace an entire system is very expensive.
Walk around the area where the tank is stored and search for water puddles or spots.
10. Test Your Sump Pump
A powerful pump works within your home’s plumbing system and quickly expels water from underneath a home. The sump pump should be tested throughout the year.
The simplest way to complete this task is to pour a few buckets of water into the pit. If the pump turns on and discharges the water, it is working properly.
Furthermore, you will want to ensure that it automatically shuts off when the job is complete. If you doubt your system, install a battery backup in case of a storm.
More information about how to test a sump pump and why it is important can be found on our blog: Why It’s Important to Test the Sump Pump
11. Flush the Water Heater
Through flushing your water heater, you remove mineral deposits and sediment buildup.
Often, the temperature gauge is set to a higher temperature during the cold winter months.
If this is the case, bring it back down to 120 degrees for energy saving and prevention of accidental burning.
Our water heater service technicians can also help.
Contact Climate Design for Plumbing Maintenance in Clearwater, FL
Climate Design is an experienced residential and commercial plumbing company. Our drain cleaning and preventive maintenance services help extend the life of plumbing systems and improve water quality.
The team here at Climate Design is ready to help you with all of your HVAC and Tampa, St. Pete or Clearwater plumbing needs throughout the seasons.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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