A Springtime Plumbing Checklist For a Lesser Bill
After the long, cold winter, you have some serious plumbing updating to do in the spring. Your pipes and water systems may have acquired some damage during the winter that went unnoticed. It’s finally time for Spring Cleaning! Here is a simple check list to help you go about you plumbing rituals:
- Check for tap leaks and drips. I you find any, fix them by using Teflon Tapes or buying replacements if the damage is that bad.
- Toilet checks for hidden leaks. Put a drop or two of colouring in the toilet tap. If you see the colouring in the walls of the bowl, your toilet is running and you are wasting precious water!
- Installing strainers will make sure no foreign stuff goes down the drain and this simple step prevents future drain blockage.
- Inspect the body of your toilet for cracks and leaks before using. Skipping this step will give you full-blown plumbing disaster.
- Check to make sure that the supply valves under your toilet and sinks are not sticking. Turn the knobs to check.
- Check the setting of the temperature of your water heaters. Set it no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit to save energy and prevent scalding and save energy in the process.
- Drain the heater tank to lengthen its lifespan and make it run smoother.
- Using the water drained from the heater, insure that the drains are unblocked by pouring them down. This will also flush away the lingering waste making sure your bathroom and sink don’t stink.
- Replace the water heater if needed. The first 4 number in the serial number of the water heater is the month and year it was manufactured. If your water heater is at least 15 years old, its time to buy a new one. Plus, the newer versions are more energy-efficient than the old ones.
- Check the pipes for leaks.
- Installing back flow devices to prevent flooding incidents in your home.
- Snake the pipe lines, drains, roof gutters and down spouts to make sure they are clean, unblocked and open.
- Lastly, check your tap and hose bibs to insure free flow of water. If there are water patches in your outdoor plumbing, scavenge for that frozen pipe that probably bust during the winter and fix it.