March is here and spring is right around the corner, which means it’s time for some spring cleaning! Typically, people associate spring cleaning with closets, fans, windows, and garages, but people sometimes forget to spring clean their pipes and plumbing. Winter weather and freezing temperatures are hard on your pipes. In this blog, we will discuss what and how to spring clean your pipes and plumbing.
Your water heater got a lot of use this winter. Drain several gallons of water out to flush out corrosive material that could potentially shorten the life of your water heater. Replacing your water heater after 15 years of use will save you money and provide more energy efficiency.
To check your bathroom sink for leaks, fill the sink up all the way with water, letting it drain all at once. The large amount of water running through the drain will help identify leaks that may not be seen otherwise. Inspect the exposed pipes under the sink for any signs if leaking. Most leaks spotted can be fixed by simply tightening the nut. Pay attention to the sounds you hear as the water drains. Any “glug glug” noises may indicate a problem with venting.
Run water down all drains to see that water is flowing correctly. Snake any slow moving drains to make sure water is moving. To prevent clogs in the future, try adding strainers to all drains.
Make sure your toilets are flushing correctly. If the handle has to be held for a long period of time, it may be time to replace worn tank parts. Replaced parts can result in a lower water bill! Also be sure to check for leaks and cracks in your toilet bowl.
Soak shower head sprayer in vinegar overnight to remove hard mineral deposits.
Outdoor Pipes And Gutters
Don’t forget to check the outside pipes and gutters! Make sure all debris is cleared from gutters. Using a hose, run water from a space far from the downspout to clear finer debris.
Find any leaks or broken pipes while spring cleaning your pipes and plumbing? Call D&D Plumbing today at (432) 687-1011 or use our online service request form.