As spring arrives, we contemplate the dreaded time known as “spring cleaning”. Warmer weather and the fresh spring air tempts us to bring the outside indoors by opening windows and doors after spending the cold winter cooped up inside. That desire for fresh air indoors also signifies the time to clean the home as we head in to the warmer weather ahead.
The typical spring cleaning routine consists of mopping floors, washing windows, dusting and vacuuming, but don’t forget about your homes plumbing needs to keep it performing up to standards and to increase the longevity of your fixtures and system. To help you prepare for your annual cleaning, we have compiled a list of things not to forget!
- Gutters and downspouts are often overlooked but should be checked and cleaned annually, especially after a long fall and winter where they may become dirty and clogged.
- Pipes can freeze during the cold winter months so it is always a good ideal to thoroughly inspect them for leaks, damage or unusual corrosion that could lead to more costly repairs down the road.
- Leaky faucets can also be a sign of frozen or cracked pipes so it is important to check them to ensure everything is running smoothly.
- Backwater valves are a great way to prevent sewer backups, we recommend installing them on all floor drains to prevent damage.
- Slow drainage is a sign of potential clogs, by snaking drains yearly and occasionally using less frequently used drains, this should ensure that no odors or gases are accidently released through the drains back into the house.
- You can also use drain cleaner to help keep pipes clear and running smoothly.
- Cleaning all sink traps as well as installing mesh strainers over all drains will help keep particles such as hair and other debris from causing clogging issues.
- If you have a sump pump, be sure to test it properly by pouring water into the basin and testing the on / off switch to check for any mechanism issues.
- Water heaters are often overlooked but should be checked often for corrosion around the pipes which can lead to cracks and in some cases major leaks.
- Mineral build up can also become a problem for shower heads and faucets based on the quality of your areas water. Be sure to clean any visible build up which can lead to uneven water spray and corrosion.
- Water supply lines are another simple but often overlooked part of your plumbing but should be monitored to keep washing machines, toilets, faucets and other fixtures or appliances from freezing up or leaking.
- Garbage disposals should be cleaned throughout the year to prevent failure and odors from occurring.
Ultimately, monitoring your plumbing throughout the house, inside and out, including monitoring your water meter regularly, should help keep your plumbing lasting for years to come.