Spring Plumbing Tips
Birds are singing. Temperatures are in the 70s – 80s. We’ve had our first severe weather event. Baseball has begun (go Astros! I kid, I kid…partially). The days are getting longer. Trees and flowers are in bloom (as is our allergies). Yep, spring time in Texas has officially begun. If you’re like me spring time is a time to clean up the patio for use during the summer, replant the flower beds, and do a deep spring clean of the house. Spring time is also a good time to inspect your plumbing system for any damage caused by the winter. We have some great spring plumbing tips on what to look for when doing your inspection.
Important Spring Plumbing Tips:
- Check faucets for any drips or leaks.
- Check toilets for any hidden leaks. This is really easy to do! Add (6) drops of food coloring inside of the toilet tank and let it sit for a while. If there are any leaks present, you should see the food coloring in the bowl within about 30 minutes.
- Make sure your toilet is flushing properly. If the handle has to be held down for a thorough flush to occur, or if the handle needs to be jiggled to stop the water from running, you may have worn down parts inside of the toilet tank that need to be replaced.
- While you’re in the bathroom, be sure to check the shut off valves for the toilet as well as the shut off valves under your sink. Make sure that they aren’t sticking and can easily move to shut the water off if it’s ever necessary.
- Check the temperature setting on your water heater. The temperature should be no higher than 120°F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use.
- Check the age of your water heater (the first four numbers of the serial number represent the month and year the water heater was made.) If your water heater is more than 10 years old, it may be time to consider replacing your water heater for a more efficient option.
- For water heaters younger than 10 years old, or for tankless water heaters, check the date of the last maintenance. If it’s been a year or more since maintenance was performed, schedule a time for maintenance to be performed by a licensed professional.
- Check your yard drains, gutters, and downspouts to ensure that they are cleaned out and free of debris. Debris can help cause clogs in your home which you certainly don’t want!
- Check outdoor faucets and hose bibs to make sure water is flowing freely. If an outdoor faucet or hose bib drips or you see water on the brick or on the other side of the wall from the faucet, you may have had a pipe break due to our freezing weather.
These tips are just a few of the many that we have to ensure that your plumbing system is ready for the spring weather. For any repairs or installations that you would like to make, we are here to help! Give us a call today or reach out to us via email, Facebook, or Twitter.