Spring has arrived in the state of Washington, and several homeowners in Olympia, Washington have already begun the process of spring cleaning. While spring cleaning, it is important not to disregard your pipes and drains this season. If you forgot to add plumbing maintenance to your long list of spring cleaning duties, here are a few quick tips to secure your homes plumbing system this season:
- Look at all faucets for indications of dripping or leaking. If you notice any suspicious signs, make repairs in order to conserve water and save money.
- Look at your toilet for signs of leaks. You can put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank as a means of discovering if there is a leak. If the coloring is visible in the toilet bowl after thirty minutes, you probably have a leak.
- Make sure all of your drains have strainers to filter out debris such as soap, hair, food particles, other personal hygiene products. Drain strainers will catch these items and prevent them from getting into your pipes and causing a clog.
- Examine your toilet's bowl and tank in case of leaks.
- Test your water supply valves below your sinks to avoid sticking.
- Check all toilets to make sure they are flushing appropriately. If you have to hold the handle down when flushing or move it to prevent the water from running continuously, your toilet probably has old, worn out tank parts. These items are comparatively inexpensive and can reduce your water bills, so consider taking time to replace them this spring.
- Look at your water heater’s temperature and be sure the setting is appropriate to decrease unnecessary energy usage.
- Consider getting your hot water heater professionally drained and flushed, which will flush out sediment and improve your unit's efficiency.
- If your water heater is over 15 years old, it might be time to think about replacing it.
- If you have any drains that you do not use regularly, make a point to pour a gallon of water inside them this spring and ensure they are working correctly.
- Check all hoses to be sure there are no leaks and that water is flowing through them as expected.
About the Author: Vincent Sposari, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Olympia
Vinnie has been a trusted plumber since 1989 and a Mr. Rooter owner since 1992. With over 31 years to back him, Vinnie has experience with a wide range of plumbing related solutions and systems. He and his team specialize in plumbing repairs, drain cleaning, emergency plumbing, and more.