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Spring Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Posted on: May 27, 2014

Spring is a good time to check your home’s plumbing system inside and outside to ensure you are not wasting water from leaks or missing potentially larger problems in your home’s sewer line. Here are a few plumbing maintenance tips:

Fix Leaks – Inspect shower heads and faucets for leaks. A single dripping faucet can waste hundreds of gallons of water in a year. Check toilets for leaks by adding several drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the tank is leaking, colored water will appear in the toilet bowl.

Test Your Sump Pump – Test the sump pump by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pump pit. The pump should turn on immedialty, remove the water, then turn off.

Sewer & Drain Maintenance – Check that all drains have strainers to prevent debris clogging the drain lines. Schedule a sewer line inspection. A video sewer line inspection will help to find the small issues before they become a major problem.

Ensure Plumbing Systems Are Regularaly Used – Exercising faucets and water valves under sinks and toilets will prevent them from sticking from underuse.

Drain Your Water Heater
– Drain a few gallons from the water heater tank to remove sediment, which reduces heating efficiency and can shorten the life of the water heater. Check with your water heater manufacturer’s instructions for your specific make/model.

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