While spring is a popular time for deep cleaning around the house, it’s also an ideal time of year to perform minor maintenance checks related to your home’s plumbing. By checking for certain types of leaks, you can nip potential problems in the bud and reduce your annual water and repair bills. Here are 5 springtime maintenance tasks to consider:
1. Check for leaks in the visible pipes in your home. Turn on each faucet, and check to confirm that water isn’t escaping around the connections when the faucet is turned off. Check for similar results under each sink. If leaks are found, have them repaired or install new fixtures.
2. Check toilets for leaks. Look in both the toilet bowl and in the tank. If you don’t see any visible leaks, put several drops of food dye into the tank and watch to see if it seeps into the bowl (without flushing). If some color ends up in the bowl after an hour or so, have a professional plumber check the system.
3. Check your water heater. If your water heater is 10 to 15 years old or older, consider replacing it with a more efficient model. If you’re not ready to replace it, check for water leaks and keep it set at 120 degrees to maximize its efficiency.
4. Test the sump pump. Pour a bucket of water or run a hose into the sump pit; the appliance should activate, drain the water, and then deactivate. If it doesn’t, have the unit checked by a professional plumber.
5. Check outdoor plumbing and drains. Make sure your gutters, downspouts, and yard drains are clear of debris, and check exterior faucets for leaks and proper water flow.
If you don’t find any leaks, your plumbing system is most likely healthy and ready for the warmer spring weather and the rain that typically comes with it. For more information, please contact:
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