Spring is the best time to complete some maintenance tasks around your home. During this time, most homeowners only focus on major tasks such as landscaping, home renovation, and home decluttering. These tasks are necessary to complete but not at the expense of neglecting the plumbing system. Adding plumbing tasks to your spring cleaning checklist helps you avoid plumbing problems that require you to hire plumbers 24/7.
In this article, we’ll discuss 5 plumbing tasks you should add to your spring cleaning to-do list:
Your Spring Cleaning Checklist
- Check faucets for leaks
Most homeowners deal with leaks that waste a significant amount of water every day. Some leaks can be so small that they go unnoticed. They drip consistently, wasting water and costing you more money every day. Check your plumbing fixtures and ensure there’s no leak anywhere. There are specific places you can check, including:
- The faucet itself
- Around the base of the faucet
- Under the sink/vanity and around the floor
- Look carefully for moisture and water.
- Check supply hoses to appliances.
This is a critical process because when your hoses are not well connected it causes leaks too. You’ll want to check the supply hoses to your dishwasher, washing machine, and other water-using appliances. Most homeowners tend to overlook this process until the machines get damaged or water starts to leak in full force. Hence, it’s better to confirm that the hoses are in place and well connected. Don’t forget the hoses connected to your gas cylinder. And if you encounter any problem with this, do not hesitate to contact a gas leak plumber.
- Clean out the drains
When debris such as hair, soap, etc starts to gather in the sink and shower drains, it leads to clogs and restricts water from flowing out easily. Clean out your drains thoroughly and get rid of all forms of debris.
- Clean the faucet and shower heads.
Clean out your faucets and shower heads to get rid of accumulated residue and sediment buildup. Be sure to clean them out thoroughly to keep water flowing seamlessly. For more effective cleaning, soak them in baking soda and vinegar; these components are great natural cleansers and are very effective.
- Clean gutters and downspouts.
Keep your gutters and downspouts clean to prevent damage and flooding in your basement. When cleaning, ensure there’s no debris in the gutters and downspouts. Also, ensure to direct water away from your home and while you’re doing that, check the surrounding of your home for any cracks that could give water access into your home.
- Check your sump pump
Always remember to check your sump pumps. You can confirm that your sump pump is in good working condition by pouring some water into the sump pit. The pump should remove the excess water and then switch off without any problem. Check for weird sounds like clanging or thuds, this may be a sign that you need to change your sump pump.
Ticking these tasks off your spring cleaning checklists helps you avoid major plumbing problems in the future. However, if you encounter any plumbing problem, there are 24/7 plumbers you can count on to help you fix them, like us at Rite Plumbing.
At Rite Plumbing, we help our clients tackle major plumbing problems including gas leaks. Contact us today to learn more about our services!