Spring Plumbing Tips
As you take a look around this week, you will notice Spring has arrived in North Texas early – never mind what the Groundhog said! Besides, everyone in Texas knows that we depend on Arnie the Armadillo to predict if we have six more weeks of winter, and it’s becoming clear that he DID NOT see his shadow! If you’ve been following us, you know that we’ve covered winter weather tips for your plumbing system, but what is needed for Spring? Here are some helpful tips on how to get your system ready for Spring in North Texas!
– Check your faucets for drips and leaks. If either are found, we recommend making the necessary repairs ASAP to avoid costly water bills or further damage to the faucets.
– Check toilets for hidden leaks. To do this, get a bottle of food coloring and add 5-6 drops to the toilet tank. Wait for 20-30 minutes. If you come back and see colored water in your bowl, this indicates that you have a hidden leak.
– Check your drains. All of them should have strainers to prevent hair (guilty!), soap, and debris from clogging the lines.
– Check your water supply valves under sinks and toilets. Be sure to check to see if they can be easily turned which helps to avoid them from sticking.
– Make sure your toilets are flushing properly. If you have a handle that needs to be held down for a thorough flush or if you have to jiggle it to stop the water from running, you may need to replace worn out tank parts.
– Check the temperature setting on your water heater. A normal setting would be no higher than 120 degrees to prevent scalding as well as reduce energy use.
– Spring time is an excellent time to schedule that yearly maintenance on your water heater! By flushing your water heater, you are flushing out the corrosion that can cause sediment. Without doing so, can cause water to heat less efficiently, as well as shorten the life of your heater.
– If your water heater is over 15 years old, spring is a great time to replace. By installing a new unit, you could help to reduce both your water and energy bill.
– Check your drains. Pour a gallon of water into those that aren’t used on a frequent basis. This will fill up the trap and help to prevent obnoxious odors from entering your home. If you notice a slow drain, we recommend having it snaked or cleaned out.
– Now that freezing weather is coming to an end, you’ll want to check pipes under sinks or outdoors to ensure that there aren’t any breaks that you need to be concerned about.
– Considering the recent cold weather, you’ll want to check your outdoor faucets and hose bibbs. Water should be flowing freely through them. If an outdoor faucet drips, or you notice water coming into your home from that area, you may have a cracker pipe that needs to be replaced.
– Make sure your yard drains, gutters, and downspouts are cleared of any branches or leaves that may have gathered during the winter. You’ll want these open and free of debris for our spring storm season!
This list of spring plumbing tips are just a handful of the useful services and solutions that we can help you with! If you are interested in having a full home inspection done or need any of the issues we’ve listed addressed, please call us at 972-562-4444. Remember, we have the lock on all of your plumbing needs!