As the weather starts to warm up, and spring cleaning and gardening is on most people's minds, it is also a great time to take a look at your plumbing in your home. There are a lot of little things that may have gone unnoticed during the cold winter season.
Water Heaters and Appliances
- Flushing your water heater once a year extends the life of the unit by helping in the removal of sediment build up and corrosion.
- Ice maker, Dishwasher, and Washing machine water supply lines should be inspected for bulging. It’s a good idea to replace any lines that are over 10 years old.
Kitchen and Bathrooms
- Soak your shower heads in vinegar overnight to clear hard water and calcium deposits. Use an old toothbrush to gently remove any remaining deposits. This will increase the water flow.
- Is your toilet leaking? Check this by adding a couple of drops of food dye to the top tank, give it an hour or two, if there is any color in the bowl you have a leak.
- Repair all faucets that are dripping or leaking. It may not seem like a big deal, but even the smallest of drips can end up costing you a lot of money.
- Check pipes under kitchen and bathroom sinks for leaks.
- Be sure to check all outdoor faucets and hose bibs for drips or leaks. If there is any signs of restricted flow when you turn the water on, this may be a sign of a frozen and cracked pipe. Another thing to check for is leaks inside you house when you turn any hoses or faucets on. This is a sign of a freeze break in your pipes.
Now that you're sure your plumbing is in good working condition you can enjoy the warmer weather and get to the things you really enjoy!
For more plumbing tips, or for help in getting your plumbing systems in ship shape, call American Plumbing Services (801) 373-0702 or go to www.americanplumbingservices.