Yesterday was the first official day of spring and we at KT Plumbing are so glad that spring has sprung. We are also happy that the threat of freezing pipes for homeowners is now put off until next winter. Many upstate homeowners will now turn their attention to doing a little spring cleaning. It is a great idea to also do a thorough inspection of your homes plumbing during your spring cleaning. In this post we will give you some tips to make sure your plumbing is in tip top shape and could possibly end up saving you some money.
Spring Plumbing Tips
- Look at all the faucets in your home to ensure they are not dripping or leaking. Getting these fixed will help you save money on your water bill. The fix may be a simple as tightening the knobs so that they shut off completely. If that does not fix it you may need our assistance especially if your dealing with a leak and not just a dripping faucet.
- Check your toilets for leaks. The best way to test for toilet leaks is to put a few drops of food coloring in the top of the toilet tank and wait for about thirty minutes or so and then check the toilet bowl. If you see any of the food coloring in the toilet bowl you will need to get your toilet repaired.
- Check for any cracks or leaks in the toilet bowl or tank. Getting these fixed will also save you money on your water bill.
- Check the flapper valve in your toilet. You can tell if it needs replaced if it is necessary to jiggle or hold the handle down on the toilet in order to get it to flush properly.
- Pour a gallon of water down all of your drains especially those that are rarely used to keep odors from rising up.
- If you have any slow draining drains you should have one of our local Greenville plumbers come out to snake them for you.
- Look for any slow leaks in your plumbing system. The best way to do this is to check your water meter after you are done running water for the day and then check it first thing in the morning before you run any water. If the reading has changed it is likely you have a leak. Give us a call and we will be glad to find and correct the leak for you. Getting this taken care of will save you some money on your water bill.
- Also look for leaking pipes in visible areas such as under sinks.
- Check how well your sump pump is working by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit to make sure the pump activates quickly, removes the water and shuts off.
- Check your backflow preventer valve to make sure it works properly. This is also something you may want a Greenville Plumbing company like KT Plumbing to check for you. Here is a Youtube video from Absolute Plumbing in Tennessee on Testing Your Backflow Prevention Device.
- Check all of your drains (especially bath and shower drains) to make sure they have strainers to prevent hair and soap from going down the drain and causing clogs.
- Clean mineral deposits off all of your shower heads. The best way to do this is by removing them and soaking them overnight in vinegar. After they have soaked use a scrub brush to finish cleaning them.
- Check for bulges or leaks in the supply hoses to your dishwasher, washing machine and icemaker. Replace any of these hoses that seem deteriorated, are leaking or have bulges.
- Check that your water heater is set to the correct temperature. It should be right around 12o degrees Fahrenheit. This is best temperature to avoid scalding, save on energy, and prevent pathogens such as Legionella. Check out this article on Lifehacker – What’s the best temperature for my water heater? for more.
- You should flush your water heater about once a year. Do this by slowly draining several gallons out of it. To do this, attach a hose to the valve at the bottom of the water heater and remove between 5 to 10 gallons. By doing this you will remove corrosion causing sediment. Doing this once a year will improve your heating efficiency and prolong the life of your water heater.
- Clean all your gutters, yard drains, and downspouts around your home.
- Check your outdoor faucets for slow drips or leaks.
If you use follow the above checklist of spring plumbing tips you will have your plumbing system in optimal working order and save some money on your water bill. If one of our plumbers is ever at your home on a service call ask him to provide a free inspection. He will alert you to any possible problems that you may have and the best way to get them taken care of. Kt Plumbing is proud to serve the upstate areas of Greenville, Easley, Powdersville, Greer, Mauldin, Spartanburg, Traveler’s Rest and surrounding communities. Call us for any of your plumbing needs 864-663-6105.