Now that spring is on the way, the damages that winter creates in your plumbing system are a little easier to treat. Instead of waiting until the season actually starts, take some initiative and check and fix some of the problems in your plumbing before they get worse. Take the following tips to repair certain small issues ahead of time and save some money on larger repairs.
Check the Water Heater
Inspecting your water heater is one of the most crucial steps you can take. A water heater left untouched for years can build up mineral-rich sediment, which can corrode the tank and create leaks, as well as other sorts of damage. If a professional has not inspected your tank in three years, you should at least drain the fluids and get rid of the built-up sediment. If your water heater is older than 15 years old, you should consider replacing it with a more energy efficient model.
Inspect Your Toilet
Your toilet can potentially leak and cost you money if it’s not repaired. Perform the food coloring test by adding water to the tank to see if the color inside the bowl changes after 30 minutes to an hour. If it does, you may have a leak. Additionally, make sure you check the flushing. If you must hold or jiggle the handle for a thorough flush, you may need to replace a tank part. These parts are cheap to replace and will lower your water bill.
Protect Yourself Against Floods
Another measure you can take to prevent damage before spring arrives is preparing yourself against floods. Flooding can occur in rainy seasons, like spring, especially in flood-prone areas. Install a flood alarm that will alert you of upcoming floods or leaking when it touches the water, giving you more chance to protect your home and possessions. In addition, you can also install a reinforcement sump pump for further protection.
Look for Slow Water Leaks
Using the water meter to check for slow water leaks is another cost-effective way of saving money. Slow water leaks are deceptively hard to locate but can still cost plenty over time. Right before you go to bed, read the water meter and avoid using any water overnight. The next morning, immediately check the water meter again without using any water. If the meter changes at all, it means you have a leak somewhere. The sooner you call a plumber, the sooner you can stop a leak and save yourself some money.