Below you may find some quick and easy methods to avoid plumbing problems from occurring after the seasons have changed and we are approaching Spring: …
Below you may find some quick and easy methods to avoid plumbing problems from occurring after the seasons have changed and we are approaching Spring:
1. Check faucets for drips or leaks and check hose bibs to make sure water flows easily.
2. Check toilets for hidden leaks. Swell six drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will be visible in the bowl within 30 minutes.
3. Ensure that all drains have filters to prevent hair, soap and debris from clogging the drain lines.
4. Check toilet tank and bowl for cracks or leaks.
5. Regularly examine water supply valves under sinks and toilets to avoid them from sticking.
6. Make sure toilets flush correctly. If the handle must be held down for a full flush or wiggled to stop the water from running you may need to replace damaged and aged tank parts.
7. Check the temperature setting on the water heater. It should not be set more than 120 degree in order to prevent excess boiling and improving energy use.
8. Cautiously drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out rust causing residue, which reduces heating efficiency and shortens the life of the heater.
9. Consider replacing a water heater which is more than 15 years old. Newer water heaters are definitely more energy efficient.
10. Check exposed pipes under sinks and in the basement for signs of leaks.
11. Make sure sum pump functions properly by pouring a few buckets of water into the sump pit. The pump should quickly turn on, discharge the water then shut off without any problems.
12. Make sure yard drains, gutters and downspouts are cleaned out, and free of wreckage.
In case you need any assistance, contact Ray Plumbing, a qualified plumbing will be able to fix the issue quickly and efficiently.