Plumbing Tips for the Spring Season
The changing seasons means it's time for a little "spring cleaning" to keep your home's plumbing in proper working order and prevent bigger problems in the future. Staten Plumbing is pleased to provide these handy maintenance tips to protect your home against plumbing problems.
Kitchen & Bathrooms
Appliances & Fixtures
- Check your dishwasher, washing machine and ice maker supply hoses for bulges or leaks. Replace any hoses showing signs of weakness or older than ten years. Use stainless steel hoses wherever possible, which are more reliable and less prone to bursting than other types.
- Clean out your washing machine lint trap, if equipped, and place a wire trap or a piece of pantyhose over the end of the hose that drains the washer.
- Check the temperature setting on your home's water heater. It should be set no higher than 120°F to prevent scalding and reduce energy consumption.
- Carefully drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out any corrosion causing sediment, which reduces heating efficiency and shortens the life of the heater. Check your water heater manufacturer 's website for specific instructions concerning your make and model, or call Staten Plumbing for help with this procedure.
- Consider replacing a water heater more than 15 years old. (The first four numbers of the serial number represent the month and year it was made.) Newer water heaters are more energy efficient. Staten Plumbing can assist with water heater repair or replacement.
- Make sure to keep any flammable materials far away from your water heater or furnace.
General Household Plumbing
- Install a backflow valve in the floor drain if you live in an area where sewers sometimes backup into homes. This device will prevent future backups.
- Inspect for slow leaks in your home by taking a reading on your water meter before bedtime. The next morning, without using any water overnight, take another reading. If the reading has changed you have a leak that should be repaired. Learn more about Staten Plumbing's leak detection services.
- Pour a gallon of water into infrequently used drains (including floor drains) to fill the trap and prevent odors from entering the house. Slow floor drains should be snaked to ensure they will carry away water quickly in the event of a flood. Call Staten Plumbing for help with clogged or slow-draining drains.
- If your home has a sump pump, make sure it operates 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.
- Check exposed pipes under sinks and in the basement or crawlspace for any signs of leaks.
- Install flood alarms. Like a smoke alarm, a flood alarm is a battery-operated device that sounds an alarm when it comes in contact with water and alerts you to potential flooding or leaks.
Outside Your Home
- Check faucets and hose bibs to make sure water flows freely. If an outdoor faucet drips or if there is leakage inside your home the first time the hose is turned on, you may have had a frozen pipe that cracked and needs to be replaced. See how Staten Plumbing can help you with your outdoor plumbing needs.
- Make sure yard drains, gutters and downspouts are cleaned out, open, and free of debris.
- Check for bird nests in plumbing vent pipes.