Spring Plumbing Tips

Spring Plumbing Tips

Most of us don’t think about our plumbing system until something goes wrong. Homeowners can undertake some simple tasks to keep their plumbing functioning correctly, and spot problems before they get worse. At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Cedar Rapids, we wanted to offer our friends and neighbors some simple tips to help avoid spring plumbing problems:

Replace Filters on Drains

Drain filters should be replaced once a year to keep your drains running fast and clean. The last thing you need is a clogged kitchen sink, bathroom basin, or shower.

Check Toilets for Problems, Leaks, and Cracks

If your toilet is not flushing correctly, you may need to hold the lever down to make it work. Though you may have gotten used to that, you will save water (and money) by replacing parts. Look for water leaks around the base of the toilet, as these can lead to structural damage or even toxic mold growth. The seal can be replaced to stop the leak. Check each toilet for obvious cracks.

Clean Shower Head and Taps

The minerals in water cause buildup, filling the holes in a showerhead or around the taps on your sinks and basins. The best method to remove the buildup is an old standard: white vinegar. For the shower head, take a plastic bag, fill it with white vinegar, and place it over the shower head, secured with rubber bands. Leave it for a full day, and then remove it. The mineral deposits will be gone, and your shower will function right. For taps, let the white vinegar soak the area, and scrub off the mineral deposits. It may require several applications.

Check Water Supply Taps

Turn each water supply tap (for toilets, sinks, basins) on and off several times so they are easy to move and do not become rigidly stuck in place. Do the same with your main water supply valve. This is one of the easiest plumbing tips for spring, but possibly the most important. What if your toilet is overflowing and you can’t turn the water supply off? Keep those taps moving easily to protect your home.

Check Outdoor Faucets

Frozen water in pipes can leave hidden leaks that could create terrible future problems. One of the most important plumbing tips for homeowners during the spring thaw is to check for evidence of winter pipe damage. Turn on each outdoor faucet, and then place your hand over the opening. If your hand can slow or stop the water flow, it may mean you have a leak that could cause damage to your home – call a plumber!

Look for Pipe Leaks

Your pipes can develop leaks over the winter months. Take a tour of your home, looking at every visible pipe, checking for drips, condensation, and leaks. As water drips and travels into the floor, walls, and foundation, your property can suffer damage that will be very expensive to repair. Do your check once a year in springtime. If you notice a leak in the spring, or any other time, don’t wait to get it resolved, as each day can lead to more damage.

Be Proactive About Roots

Your home is likely your most valuable asset, and protecting the structure from water damage can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. If you have problems with root growth that blocks your drains every few years, be proactive, and have your drains cleared once a year by a professional