Spring and summer are when you use your plumbing the most. Time at the pool or lake creates more laundry, including towels and bathing suits. Then there’s the lawn to water, car to wash, extra loads of dishes for all the company you have…you get the idea.
With that kind of added wear and tear, it makes perfect sense to get your plumbing prepared as early in the outdoor season as possible.
Here are several ways to go about that:
- Check faucets for drips or leaks, and repair as needed. That will conserve water and prevent the problem from getting worse.
- If you suspect your toilet tank is leaking, here’s how to find out for sure. Pour a few drops of food coloring into the tank and then check your bowl about 30 minutes later. If that water also shows the color, there’s a leak.
- Remove hair, soap scum and other debris from bathroom and kitchen drains to prevent clogging.
- Turn your water supply valves open and shut to keep them from sticking.
- Check the temperature setting on the water heater. It should be set no higher than 120°F to prevent scalding.
- If your water heater is at least 15 years old, consider replacing it before repair problems arise. Plus, new water heaters are more energy efficient.
- Install a backflow valve in the floor drain if you live in an area where sewers sometimes back up into homes. This device will prevent future backups.
- Make sure yard drains, gutters and downspouts are cleaned out, open, and free of debris.
- Check for bird nests in plumbing vent pipes.
For even better results, consider a whole-house plumbing inspection. Here at Connor Plumbing, we focus equally on performance and safety. The latter includes checking your water heater for gas or carbon monoxide leaks. Contact us today to schedule service to help prevent repair problems and for your added peace of mind.