03 Apr 2016

The two words that everyone dislikes are spring cleaning. Spring cleaning isn’t just the typical windows, carpet shampooing, and getting rid of what you don’t need, but it’s the type of cleaning that will protect your home against future plumbing problems.

As the plumbing specialists, we’ve compiled a list of spring plumbing tips for your home or business. Various areas throughout a home need to be checked and maintained and here’s what you can do.

Areas to Check

Your kitchen and bathrooms are where most water regulates due to the sinks, dishwasher, toilets, and shower. Checking for faucets that are dripping or leaking is a lead indicator that something needs to be tightened or fixed. Over the winter, pipes can tend to freeze or get clogged easier, so you will want to be aware of these areas in the kitchen and bathroom.

  • Clear out the drains from hair or debris
  • Dropping food coloring into your toilet tank will indicate a leak if it leads back into the toilet bowl
  • Ensure toilets flush properly without having to wait for water to fill back up in the tank
  • Clean the mineral deposits from the shower head and faucets
    Hint: Placing a plastic bag with vinegar, placing it over the shower head, and holding in place with a rubber band will help remove the deposits easier and gently scrub with a toothbrush!

Appliances

With the various rooms in your home or business, those rooms (especially the kitchen) will have different appliances that incorporate water. One of the main appliances to check on this spring is your water heater. The temperature should read about 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Having the temperature, no hotter than 120 degrees Fahrenheit will prevent scalding water and can help reduce energy use throughout the home or building. If the water heater is older than 12-15 years, you should consider replacing it.

Some helpful tips about spring plumbing are to check the hoses in your dishwasher, washing machine, and even ice maker in the freezer. If the hoses appear to bulge or leak, that is indicating a sign of weakness or rotted out from being old.

Hint: Incorporating stainless steel hoses help prevent leaks, bursting, and they are more reliable.

Plumbing in General

Clogged drains are no good. By eliminating exposed piping with leaks and using a properly operating sump pump, and efficient alarm systems that indicate a flooding problem will help with the generic plumbing issues that might occur.

Don’t forgot about your outside plumbing such as the drains, gutters, and downspouts. Making sure these are free from debris and leaks will ensure for a leak-free home and lawn.

Contact Stevenson Plumbing of Tulsa today for your spring plumbing service!

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