After a long, cold winter, spring is almost here. Now is a great time to inspect your home's plumbing systems to ensure they are functioning properly. By fixing the little issues now, you can prevent more costly problems down to road. Here are a list of plumbing systems to inspect.
Inspect Plumbing Fixtures
- Look for drips and leaks on faucets and repair washers and seals as needed
- Clean mineral deposits from faucets and shower heads by soaking them in vinegar overnight
- Turn off and then turn on water supply valves under sinks and toilets to excercise the seals and prevent them from sticking
Make sure that all sink drains have strainers to prevent hair and debris from clogging drain lines
Pour a bucket of water into infrequently used drains (including floor drains) to fill traps and prevent odors. Slow floor drains should be professionally cleaned to ensure they will carry away water quickly in the event of a flood.
Test your sump pump for proper operation. Pour approximately 5 gallons of water into the basin of your sump pump. Pour slowly until the sump pump turns on and begins to pump out the water. Do not pour in more water than the basin will hold. Expect the sump pump to begin pumping out water when the water level reaches approximately 8 to 12 inches below the surface of the basement floor.
Washing machine hoses should be inspected for leaks or bulges. If the hoses are older than 10 years, they should be replaced. Consider using braided stainless steel hoses rather than rubber hoses.
Check your toilets for cracks or leaks. Add several drops of food coloring to the tank. If color appears in the bowl after 30 minutes, it has a leak that should be repaired.
If the toilet handle has to be held down in order to flush properly, or jiggled to stop from running, you may need to replace the tank parts.
Check the temperature setting on the water heater. It should be set no higher than 120°F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use.
If you have a tank water heater, drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out sediment that can cause corrosion and reduce heating efficiency.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters should be flushed to remove mineral deposits. Always check with your water heater manufacturer for specific instructions regarding maintenance of your specific make and model.
Have questions about maintaining your home's plumbing system? Call Maitz Home Services. We're here to help.