Are you in the spring cleaning spirit? While you’re removing leaves from the gutters, cleaning out the basement, and reorganizing your closet, don’t forget about your plumbing systems! Spring maintenance is important for nearly every aspect of your home, even your pipes and fixtures.
Here are a few tips from the experts at James A. Wheat & Sons to help you check and maintain your plumbing systems this spring.
Leaks are a waste of your hard-earned money. Even something as simple as a dripping sink can add up to gallons of wasted water, and hidden leaks in pipes can cause mold and water damage. First, visually inspect your faucets and toilets, and check for drips or leaks. Then, check all of the pipes you can see. Spring is a great time to do this inspection, because you may have damage from winter weather. If you find a leak, take measures now to fix it. The longer you wait, the more damage and expense you will incur.
When was the last time you cleaned your drains? Over time, gunk and debris can build up in your drains, and without a little bit of TLC, you could end up with an untimely clog or an unwanted need for repair. While you’re spring cleaning your home, consider spring cleaning your drains too.
Toilet leaks are difficult to detect. Because the water leaks from the tank into the bowl, it can look like things are running well, while your water bill keeps ticking higher. To test this, place some food coloring in the tank, and wait to see if it will travel into the bowl. If you have a leak, call a plumber.
Even your appliances, such as your water heater, washing machine, or dishwasher, need to be checked in a thorough plumbing inspection. Check the temperature setting on the water heater. It should be set no higher than 120°F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use. Check dishwasher, washing machine and ice maker supply hoses for bulges or leaks. If your appliances, especially your water heater, are over 15 years old, consider replacement to ensure that you are getting the most energy-efficiency for your money.
If you’re looking to ensure that your system is working as seamlessly as possible, consider scheduling a spring plumbing inspection. James A. Wheat & Sons offers plumbing services, including inspections, in Maryland and Washington, DC. Call today at 240-399-5051 to schedule your appointment.