Why Spring Cleaning Should Include Your Plumbing
The arrival of spring always encourages homeowners to clean out the garage, paint the shutters or fix the fence that was damaged by a winter storm. But when you get pumped up about taking care of all those chores around the house, don’t forget about your plumbing. The cold winter weather might have caused some damage that needs to be addressed right away.
Here are some tips to help you keep your plumbing system in tip-top shape through the summer and fall months and well into the next winter.
- Check for leaks inside and outside your house, paying special attention to your outdoor faucets, which might have been damaged during the winter. If your water bill has been higher than usual, that might be an indication that repairs are necessary. Make sure your outdoor hoses don’t have leaks or cracks as well.
- Clean the traps underneath all your sinks, and cover your drains with mesh strainers to keep hair and other debris from clogging your drains.
- Take a close look at your hot water heater. If you turned the temperature up during the winter, you might want to reset the thermostat. It also would be a good idea to drain the sediment that collects in the bottom of your water heater or to let an expert plumber handle this important job.
“Check your water heater for corrosion and leaks, and, if anything doesn’t look quite right, call an experienced plumber,” recommends the owner of Lamar Plumbing.
- If you suspect that your toilets might be leaking, put some food coloring in the tank. If the water in the bowl turns color within 30 minutes or so, you probably have a leak. If you don’t feel confident that you can replace the necessary parts of your toilets, call a plumber.
“A leaky toilet can really run up your water bill,”. “It’s best to let an experienced plumber fix the problem.”
- It shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes to clean the mineral build-up from your shower heads and faucets.
- Take a close look at the water supply lines that feed your toilets, faucets, washing machine and dishwasher. If you discover leaks, tears or bulges, replace the lines right away or call a plumber. Chances are, if you don’t act, small problems will become big problems before long.
- Turn all the water valves in your home off and then back on at least once a year, just to make sure they are working properly. After years of not being used, they can become difficult to turn.
- Clean your gutter and downspouts. After the fall and winter, they’re probably clogged up with leaves, twigs and other debris. You want April showers to bring May flowers, not water damage to your home.
To learn more about why your home’s plumbing should be part of your spring cleaning ritual, ask the experts at Lamar Plumbing. You can call them at 361-882-7272 or check out their website at LamarPlumbing.com.
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