While the weather may be changing pace and we’re all wondering what is going to happen next, it doesn’t mean you can’t take care of your plumbing. With Springtime right around the corner, the warmer weather makes it a good opportunity to clean out the house as well as conduct a maintenance check for your plumbing system. Home plumbing is extremely important especially this time of year since people disregard it until something goes wrong. But why wait? Plumbing failure typically means a damaging leak or a drainage failure, and no one wants to deal with those. This time of year is a great opportunity to clear your plumbing system and maintain its health especially as we enter warmer weather.
Why Should You Go to Riley Plumbing and Heating?
Spring cleaning for your home’s plumbing system can help in so many ways, and here at Riley Plumbing and Heating, we can help. Finding issues or problems with your plumbing system can save you thousands of dollars in repair costs and prolong the life of a home. That is why we want our customers to act proactively in handling their spring cleaning and make sure that all their systems work safely and securely. Most home systems are built with quality materials and design, and here at Riley Plumbing and Heating, we can maintain that quality for you with expert repairs and installations. Our fully-certified and highly-qualified technicians are eager to help, which is why we have come up with a few tips for you so that you can take care of your plumbing system.
Checking handles and faucets on all water-releasing equipment should be a priority to maintain your plumbing system. You want to look for any signs of leakage when the faucet shuts off, mold or leak stains, and simply if the faucet works properly. Checking the unit seal is another tip to think about especially if its worn out or old. You can find more fixtures in bathroom sinks, showers, toilets, and kitchen as well as outdoors with your garden handles too. You might find a crack or slow leak that can easily be fixed, saving you time and money on your plumbing system. Also, see if the fixture handles are moving freely because over time handles can wear down and grow stiff. Mineral-heavy water can be the reason for this and can cause something to break.
Three big contributors to plugged drains are hair, food, and washed-off material. Typically, the plugged drain is a result of material caught up over time or throughout winter. Every drain should be checked and make sure the water goes down it quickly and not rise back up a little for extended flow. Consider a drain ripper if necessary, a non-damaging pipe tool that is cheap to buy. It’s a simple product with a long plastic strip that can be inserted into the drain and saws up any soft debris like hair. The water in your home will obviously flow better through your pipe system if you prevent any clogs ahead of time.
Toilet bowls flow water and contain water in the tank. Over time the ceramic of the bowl can crack or the seals of the pipes can age just like any other plumbing system product you use. Either area can create small leaks that grow larger over time and can create surface area damage. One clever tip to use to check if a seal needs repair is to put food dye in the water of the tank. If you see the bowl water change color without flushing it or you find color stains on the floor after an hour or so, there’s a leak on one of the seals.
Place Strainers On All Drains
Another helpful tip is to buy and place strainers on all drains because your pipes work best when only waste water goes down it. Strainers are cheap and effective for preventing blockage material from entering the pipe and damaging your plumbing system. We recommend always using strainers on sinks that are used a lot such as kitchen sinks or laundry cleaning sinks. They tend to see the most material getting washed down the pipe.
Break Down the Deposits of Mineral
For those dealing with hard water, mineral deposits can build up quickly and plug up fine mesh faucet and shower heads. One tip to try is soaking a bag of vinegar tied around the faucet head, a natural way of break down deposits and works well in increasing water flow.
Sump Pump Check
For those of you with a basement, the sump pump should be tested regularly with a few buckets of water. There should be an immediate response and pump out of the drainage. If you want to maintain your plumbing systems health and your home, the pump should be checked to prevent future mistakes.
Stay on top of your plumbing system this spring and call Riley Plumbing and Heating today for expert advice on all things plumbing!