It’s that time of year that you need to assess your plumbing system to check for any damages that may have occurred during the winter months. By going over your system, you could prevent future problems that could potentially become serious and costly.
Check For Leaks in Your Pipes
Look at all of your faucets to see if any of them are leaking. If they are, you will need to either fix the leaks or install new fixtures. By doing this, you will be preventing bigger damages and reducing your water bill. Be sure to check under sinks as well.
If you occasionally hear water running in your toilet, you more than likely have a leaking flapper that will need to be replaced. You can check to see if you have a leak in your tank by placing a few drops of food coloring into your tank. Wait a few hours and come back to look into the toilet bowl. If the water in the bowl has changed to the color of the dye, then you could have a leak in your tank and may need to replace your toilet.
Check to make sure your water heater is free of leaks and is running efficiently. If your water heater is 15 years or older, it may be time to get a new one. Make sure there is nothing around your water and that it is set to 120 degrees.
Check all the pipes on your appliances for any leaks. If you find any or notice any that are starting to wear, you will need to replace them. If the hoses are older than ten years, it’s a good chance that if they don’t need to be replaced now, they will need to be soon. Also, be sure to check the lint trap on your washing machine and dryer.
Outdoor Plumbing and Draining
Check any and all outdoor plumbing to make sure it is all running correctly, there are no leaks, and they are free from debris. Make sure there is nothing blocking your vents and that water is flowing properly out of all faucets. If you need professional advice, contact us today!