It’s the end of February now and you know what that means! Spring is just around the corner! And what does Spring mean? Well aside from slightly warmer days and maybe a smidge less rain it also means opening up the house, getting more active, and, of course, spring cleaning! After a few cold months of being shut indoors to avoid the chill, it’s time to start the new season off on the right foot and clean up the home and all the dust and dirt it’s been gathering. That applies to plumbing too! This time on the Economy Plumbing Services blog, we’re looking at a few plumbing spring cleaning tips!
Inspect Your Pipes
Let’s start with the biggest first. Now is a perfect time to do a routine check of all the pipes in and around your house! Look for leaks, drips, or anything out of the ordinary. The sooner you fix them the less damage they can cause and the more money you’ll save! So take the minute to inspect them, look at any pipes hidden in cabinets or closets. Get an eye on the pipe now before it’s too late!
Clean and Clear Your Drains
When it comes to preventing clogs, an ounce o prevention is worth a pound of cure! Take a look at your drains, clean away any hair or debris thats building up around them. You can purchase a small drain snake to clear out any hair or debris thats building up just inside the drain. Avoid using chemical cleaners as these have just as much risk of seriously harming and deteriorating the pipes.
Clean Your Fixtures
While you’re at work with all of your drains, take a beat to clean the fixtures! Showerheads for instance can become clogged with mineral buildup from the water. This can become a bigger problem if left unchecked, and it definitely ruins the comfort of a nice warm shower! Wipe down the fixture or allow them to soak in white vinegar to break up the buildups.
Inspect and Clear Your Garbage Disposal
Garbage disposals put up with a lot of abuse in your day to day – so why not give them a little TLC. Sure, Valentine’s Day has passed, and no one wants to see you serving chocolates to your garbage disposal, but give it a bit of a spa day. In fact, check back next time and we’ll give you a full rundown on how to do this!
Check Your Gutters
Ok these might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to taking care of your plumbing but the fact of the matter is this – anything designed to carry water to and away from your home fits the bil! So. Back to your gutters. Nows the time to check to make sure they’re clear of any debris, be them leaves or palm fronds or what have you. Make sure nothing is blocking the path for water to drain off your roof and away from the home. Nobody wants a leaky roof!
Check the Water Heaters
Water heaters are another plumbing fixture in your house that get a world of use. If you haven’t takena look at it recently now is the time. Check the temperature (should be around 120), look for leaks. Make sure the area around the water heater is free and clear of debris. And if you haven’t had a check up in a while, now’s the time to schedule it!
These are just a few things you can do to perform a spring cleaning for your plumbing and start the season off right. When it comes to your plumbing, staying proactive is going to get you the best results and avoid costly disaster. If you haven’t been maintaining yours as well as you could (or maybe should) don’t hesitate! Call your local plumber today to get a check up performed and see where you stand!