Spring Plumbing Tips For Your Home

If you are like everyone else, chances are good that you have had quite enough of winter and all of the things that go along with it, and you’re ready for spring.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that your home is.  You can make easing into spring that much better for your home by observing a few spring plumbing tips for your home, which will not only make things easier for you during this season, but for the rest of the year as well.

  1.   Check your faucets.  This is one of the most common items to check at any given time, but you can put yourself ahead of the game by doing something about all those leaky faucets at one time.  And fixing them all will not only get rid of that annoying drip, but it will save you lots of money on lost water as well.
  1.  Check your toilets.  While you’re checking for leaks, check one of the most insidious of all the water leak bandits, your toilet.  And it’s easy to do too.  Just add a couple of drops of food coloring to your tank and wait about 30 minutes.  If there’s a leak, you will have colored water in your bowl.  And if that’s the case, you will probably need to call Accurate Plumbing Solutions to reseat the seal on your toilet tank.
  1.  Check for clogs.  There are probably few things that are more annoying to homeowners than clogs in pipes, especially when they are caused by things that naturally go down the drain such as hair.  There isn’t a lot that can be done about things that go down a pipe, but once a pipe is well cleaned, it will usually remain so for quite a while.  Why not ensure yourself by having it checked in the spring?
  1.  Exercise water supply valves.  There are certain things around your home that need to be moved from time to time to keep them from deteriorating or sticking.  Such is the case with switches on your circuit breaker, but many people don’t think about their water supply valves, wherever they might be.  Go around your home and open and close each valve.  If it sticks, try using a spray of WD-40 to loosen it.  
  1.  Clean shower heads and other outlets.  Springtime is a good time to give all of your water outlets a thorough cleaning for the year.  In the process of being used, sediments can clog your shower heads and other drains.  To fix this you can use vinegar or any number of other products that are designed for this purpose.  All it usually takes is a sandwich bag filled with the solution and held over the head.  Hold it there for a minute or two to dissolve the accumulation.  If there is still a blockage, take off the head or the screen from the faucet and wash out any remaining gravel or other foreign materials to make it run freely again.  And while you are working on faucets, you might want to check to see if there are any leaks there.  In most cases this is little more than a worn gasket, which you can replace yourself or call a plumber to handle it.
  1.  Check your water heater.  Your water heater is an important component in the way your home functions.  You should make sure, at least once a year that it is functioning properly.  It should be set at no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  Any higher is not only a waste of energy, but it is also a scalding danger.
  1.  If necessary, drain your water heater.  A hot water heater is a natural place for all sorts of sentiment to end up.  When there is too much sentiment in your water heater, chances are good that it will not operate as efficiently as it should, and its lifespan will be considerably shorter.  You can check your water heater by draining a few gallons out of it and check to see if there is any sediment in the water.  If there is, you should consider draining the entire heater or possibly replacing it.

By exercising these tips, you can not only cut plumbing costs, but you can save energy and lengthen the lifespan of your home.  If you have any questions regarding these tips and more, call 321-432-4282 for more information.

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