The guys at G&C Plumbing and Heating know that everyone gets excited to spruce up their home in the spring. Windows get cleaned, gutters, and even the garage tends to get a little lift when the sun finally peeks out. But, did you know that your home’s pipe and draining system can also get extra sparkly with a little spring love?
Spring Plumbing Tips
OK, it might not be “sparkly” in the sense that you will stand back and smile with a satisfying sigh at how your piping and drainage system enhances the ascetics of a spring-time BBQ. But, giving your home plumbing a little spring love will protect you against potential plumbing problems this season – And that prevention WILL add to your spring BBQ enjoyment. We Promise!
So, Brandon and Greg suggest you…
- Check all indoor faucets for drips or leaks.
- Check toilets for leaks by tossing in some food coloring in the tank. (Read our blog for a full leaky John description)
- Exercise water supply valves under sinks and toilets to prevent them from sticking.
- Check the temperature setting on the water heater. It should not be higher than 120°F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use.
- Pour a gallon of water into infrequently used drains to fill the trap and prevent odors.
- Snake (or call the guys to do it) slow floor drains to ensure they will carry away water quickly in the event of flooding.
- Check exposed pipes under sinks and in the basement for signs of leaks.
- If your home has a sump pump, pour a few buckets of water into the sump pit. The pump should quickly turn on, discharge the water then shut off. (If it doesn’t, call the guys)
- Check outdoor faucets and hose bibs to make sure water flows freely. If you notice an outdoor faucet dripping or if water leaks inside your home when you turn the hose on, you may have had a frozen pipe that cracked and needs to be replaced ASAP!
Now that you’ve taken care of the behind the scenes plumbing spring cleaning, go forth and enjoy all of that satisfying tidying and planting that will make this spring and summer one to remember! However, if you find you need some help with your plumbing after completing this checklist, please don’t hesitate to contact Greg and Brandon at G&C Plumbing and Heating.