It’s that time of the year again! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and spring is in the air. As we wave goodbye to winter and welcome the new season, we tend to approach life with more energy and optimism. For some, a lot of this newfound energy will be used for cleaning and organizing. While doing your spring cleaning, don’t forget about the fixtures that keep your home in working order. Here’s a few ways to clean and maintain your plumbing system:
Plumber’s Spring Check List:
- Check for broken or lose pipes.
- Check your drains for smells or clogs.
- Check for mineral build up.
- Check on your garbage disposal.
- Check on your water heater.
Check Your Pipes
Take a look at the pipes both inside and outside of your home to make sure that none of them are dripping or leaking. A leak that goes undetected even for a few days can cost thousands. This couple came back from vacation with a $3,000 water bill!
Clean Your Drains
Even if the drain does not appear to be clogged, cleaning your drains will prevent a clog from forming. Try using a bacterial drain cleaner to clear any debris. A mesh strainer is also a good idea to keep clogs from forming.
Clean Mineral Buildup
Faucets and shower heads can have buildup over time. A good way to clean them is with vinegar or a calcium removing solution.
Clean Your Garbage Disposal
Your garbage disposal sees a lot on a daily basis, which is why it’s so important to take care of. To properly clean your disposal; throw in some ice cubes and lemons (without the rind) and let it run for a minute or so with the water turned off. Not only does this clear debris, it also leaves a refreshing citrus scent.
Check Your Water Heater
Make sure there are no leaks and that the temperature is set to no higher than 120 degrees. This is also a good time to have your water heater flushed in order to prevent sediment buildup. You can also prevent build up with a whole house filtration system.
If you have any questions or concerns about your fixtures or plumbing system, please feel free to call.