Winter can cause some problems with your plumbing system. Hoses and pipes may develop cracks and cause them to leak. Drains can get clogged. Before problems escalate, it is best to check your plumbing in the spring and get it ready for spring rains and the rest of the seasons.
Here are spring plumbing tips so you’ll know what problems to look for and identify the areas where most plumbing problems occur during winter.
PLUMBING TIPS FOR THE BATHROOM AND KITCHEN
- Check your faucets for leaks and drips. They are annoying and can eventually ruin sink fixtures as well as encourage mildew and mold growth. Fix leaking faucets immediately.
- See if your toilet/water closet has developed a leak as well. To check, add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank and wait 20-30 minutes. If the colored water makes it to the bowl, you can be sure that your toilet has a leak. While you are at it, ensure that your flush is working properly. If you have to adjust it or need to hold the flush handle to have a uniform water flow, then tank parts have to be replaced.
- Rotate the water supply valves under sinks and water closets to dislodge rust, mineral deposits, or hardened caulk.
- Keep dirt, soap, and hair from clogging your drains by installing drain strainers.
PLUMBING TIPS FOR HEATING DEVICES AND OTHER APPLIANCES
- Drain some water from your water heater to remove most of the sediments that stay at the bottom of your heater. These sediments come from the corrosion of its internal shell and often lead to the reduction of the general effectiveness and energy efficiency of your unit.
- Ensure that your water heater does not exceed 120 °F in temperature. Consider replacing your water heater if it is 10 to 15 years old.
- Check the hoses of your washing machine or your dishwasher for leaks. These are easy to replace and are quite cheap.
- Always clean the lint trap of your washing machine after each use. The lint trap prevents fabric lint from clogging the drain. Install a wire trap filter at the end of your washing machine’s drain hose to ensure that collected lint does not go into your drainage system.
- Your air conditioner needs to get a service as well, to ensure that it will be running at optimum efficiency come summer to reduce your energy bills.
PLUMBING TIPS – OTHER THINGS TO CHECK
- Trapped frozen water might have cracked your water supply pipe and hose bibs. Before you turn on your hose bib, see to it that there are no splits and leaks.
- Be sure to check your sump pump as well to see if it is still working. Test the pump by pouring several buckets of water into the sump pit. It will still be working properly if the sump pump gets activated, allow the discharge/flow of water, and automatically shuts off. If there are problems, call a professional plumber.
- Your water supply valve is not something you touch frequently. Prevent it from sticking by turning it on and off occasionally.
- Check your exterior drainage parts, such as downspouts, gutters, and yard drain, and ensure that they are clean and free from debris.
There are many more plumbing tips out there, which can help you save on costly plumbing repair bills. We do not expect everyone to have handyman skills and the plumbing tips we have here can help you check the condition of your plumbing system after winter and get them ready for summer. These plumbing tips will give you a general idea of what parts need repair and also help you discuss the problem clearly with your plumber. If you are stuck on what to do, call the professionals.