Spring cleaning means much more than scrubbing the floors and cleaning out the garage. It also refers to items like changing your HVAC air filters and conducting annual plumbing maintenance. Checking on a few major items in the kitchen, bathrooms, garage, and basement can save you problems once spring rains begin. You might think root growth under the home’s pipes would be the big problem, but spring can mean your home has sprung a leak or two. These quick maintenance items throughout the home can save you lots of money in the long run by preventing flood damage.
In The Kitchen
The kitchen offers many places for water to back up or leak. It also has just as many hidden spots for pipe clogs. Checking these three items can keep your kitchen in top shape.
1) Conduct a drip or leak check on each faucet. Have any leaks or drips immediately repaired to save on water use and prevent further damage.
2) Install a strainer on each faucet drain. These stop food debris, hair, and soap from entering pipes and creating clogs.
3) Conduct a hose check on the dishwasher, ice maker and washing machine. Look for bulges in the hose or leaks. Automatically, replace hoses older than ten years or any with damage. Choose stainless steel hoses for better performance.
In The Bathrooms
In each bathroom, maintenance on the sinks, tubs, toilets can save you money. Leaks can hide in the bathroom in the toilet fixtures themselves. In addition to checking the toilet seal and under the sinks, review the following items.
1) Check for faucet drips or leaks in here, too. Address needed repairs immediately.
2) Under the toilets and sinks, exercise the water supply valves, so they do not stick.
3) Install a strainer on each faucet drain, tubs especially. You’ll prevent clogs from hair that sheds when you wash your hair.
4) Thoroughly clean the shower heads to remove mineral deposits. Unscrew each head. Soak them overnight in a sink full of vinegar. Scrub off the mineral deposits using a small brush such as an old toothbrush.
5) Examine the toilets for leaks. Use the food coloring method to quickly discover hidden leaks. Add six drops of any shade of food coloring to the toilet tank. Within 30 minutes, the water in the bowl will change color if a leak is present. Also, examine the toilet bowl and tank for cracks and leaks.
6) Test each toilet for proper flushing. If you need to jiggle or hold down the handle, it’s time to replace the flushing mechanism parts. This inexpensive repair results in a reduced water bill for you.
Check The Home’s Appliances
Your appliances need a little attention, too. A bit of water heater and washing machine maintenance can result in better appliance performance.
Set the water heater temperature 120° F. This reduces the amount of energy it uses and helps prevent scalding burns. Also, remove any flammables stored in the vicinity of the furnace or water heater.
Drain a few gallons of water from the tank to flush out sediments. Sediments cause corrosion, reduce efficiency and cause breakdowns. Replace water heaters that are more than 15 years old with energy efficient models.
Clean the washing machine’s lint trap. To make future cleaning easier, install a wire trap over the end of the drain hose. You can stretch pantyhose over the end of the hose.
Visit Green’s Plumbing
If you’re in need of a plumber, contact Green’s Plumbing, a family-owned plumbing company, at (818) 880-8847 and request a free quote. Their goal is to consistently provide top-notch customer service by doing the best job possible the first time around.