It’s the time of the year when all of us begin our Spring-cleaning process. One aspect of Spring cleaning that can get overlooked is your plumbing. Regular maintenance on your plumbing can help you avoid any future disasters. Here’s a list of tips to help you keep your plumbing on the up and up.
Check your toilets for any leaks – One trick is adding a few drops of food coloring into your toilet tank to see if any is draining into your bowl. If you notice anything, not only are you dealing with a leak, but you’re also wasting water. Speaking of wasting water…
Faucet/Shower Head Dripping
Have you noticed a drip-drip-drip coming from any of your faucets? One leaky faucet can waste over 3,000 gallons of water each year. These leaks may be coming from a washer or gasket. If you are living in an older house, you may need to replace the faucet completely.
If you have dripping from your shower head, that could mean you have a seal that is broken or the head needs to be cleaned and/or replaced. Cleaning any hard water off (and inside) your shower head can also help this, but a constant leak could mean you’ll need fixes or replacement.
Cracks in the Pipe
Have you noticed any unusual brown/moldy stains starting to show? That may mean you have a leak in your pipes. Winter can cause a lot of damage to your home’s plumbing. You will want to check your water meter and bill for any major movements. If you notice that your home is going through a larger amount of water, more often times than not, you have a leak. It could even be outside, where you may not notice it as much.
If you are experiencing a lack of hot water, you will want an expert to come in and take a look at your water heater. A water heater should be checked regularly, especially if you live in an older home and haven’t replaced it for over ten years. There are a lot of benefits to upgrading to a new water heater, including energy efficiency that will save you a lot of money each month.
If you have any questions or see signs of trouble, call the pros at Quick Action Plumbing. They can help you get your home into a non-plumbing problem oasis.