Spring Plumbing Checklist Ideas

Spring is in the air and with that, comes the desire to spring clean. As you are scrubbing baseboards and wiping out cabinets, take a moment to also check your plumbing! If your home has sustained any plumbing damage during the winter months, spring is usually the time when the effects are discovered. By adding this preventative step in your home maintenance routine, you can help stop big (and expensive) problems by spending just a little time each spring. 

Here are a few plumbing items to add to your spring cleaning and maintenance checklist. 

What To Check in Your Kitchen/Bathroom/Laundry Room

These rooms are your most “plumbing-heavy” rooms. In these rooms, you will want to check the pipes for leaks and drips. 

  • Take a look at your water supply valves. These are located under sinks, behind washers, and behind toilets on the wall. Check for corrosion, leaks, drips and ensure they can turn easily on and off and are not sticking.
  • Ensure your toilets flush and refill properly. Holding or jiggling handles is not normal and should be repaired or replaced to restore proper function. 
  • A quick tip: Think your toilet tank may have a leak? Add 6 drops of any color food coloring into the tank. If any color appears in the bowl after 30 minutes, you have a confirmed tank leaking and should contact a professional plumber for repair or replacement. 
  • If you don’t have one already, add a strainer to your shower’s drain. These are inexpensive but effective in preventing clogs. To freshen up and remove mineral deposits from your showerhead, soak it overnight in a vinegar bath!

Don’t Forget The Appliances

The water heater is undeniably an important appliances in your home, if not the most important. Everyone enjoys a hot shower and that can only happen if you take the time for proper maintenance.

  • Check that your water heater is set no higher than 120° to avoid higher energy bills and reduce the chance of scalding. 
  • Have your tank flushed periodically to reduce the amount of sediment build-up. This will help avoid corrosion, blockage and efficiency loss.
  • Check the supply hoses for your washing machine, dishwasher, and ice maker. Also, look for bulges and leaks anywhere in the lines or the appliances themselves. Hoses that are 10 years or older need to be replaced.

Checking your Baltimore, MD homes plumbing and appliances will only take a few moments, but can save you a lot of time and money if problems are detected early. If you locate any areas of concern, give us a call today at (410) 265-8833. We will come out, investigate your concerns and resolve them and get your life back to normal.

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