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10 Spring Plumbing Preservation Suggestions for Your Home
Springtime is here, which means now is the time to conduct spring cleaning in all areas of your home, including your plumbing. Here are a few simple tips to help you care for your piping and draining system and defend your home against plumbing issues:
- Examine all faucets for indications of drips or leaks. If you find any leaks, make plans to repair them in order to save water and reduce utility bills.
- Examine all of your toilets for any unseen leaks. Check your toilet's tank and bowl for cracks as well. You can inspect for leaks by adding six droplets of food coloring into your toilet's tank. If the color surfaces in the bowl within thirty minutes, your toilet has a leak and you need to have it fixed soon.
- Make sure every drain in your home has a strainer installed on it to prevent soap, hair, and other particles from getting down into the pipes and causing blockages in your system's line.
- Operate your water supply valves beneath toilets and sinks to ensure they are working properly and not sticking.
- Ensure all of your home's toilets are flushing correctly. If you have to hold the handle down to flush your toilet or move it excessively to stop the water from running, you may need to repair or replace the older parts of your tank. Thankfully, these repairs are relatively inexpensive and can help lower your utility costs.
- Monitor the temperature settings on your hot water heater. Make sure it is set at the optimal level to decrease energy consumption and prevent it from overheating.
- If your hot water heater is over 15 years old, keep in mind that it is nearing the end of its life and you might want to consider replacing it this spring.
- Make sure you clean out all drains in your back and front yard and that they do not contain debris. Do the same with your gutters and downspouts as well.
- Snake any slow floor drains to make sure they can move water away effectively in case of a flood.
- Look at exposed pipes beneath your sinks or in your basement for any indication of leaks.