Spring is upon us! That means all hands on deck as the brooms, mops, and dustpans are put to good use. But did you know your plumbing system is also in need of a little TLC? Spring cleaning is the perfect excuse to clean your home’s drains, pipes, plumbing roof vents, and more. You can have your home’s plumbing ready for the spring and summer months in as little as a day by following this simple 4-step guide.
Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to start thinking about your home’s plumbing maintenance. Follow this 4-step guide by Hudson Plumbing in Morgan County, Indiana to get your plumbing ready for the spring and summer months.
Clear your vent pipes
The easiest way to clear debris from your plumbing roof vent is to use an auger, also known as a plumbing snake. Locate the vent opening and feed the auger through until either the cable reaches the top or it comes in contact with the debris. Water will begin draining appropriately once the plumbing vent has been cleared.
Deep clean behind your toilet
Nobody likes to clean behind the toilet. It’s gross and messy and full of bacteria. There are countless over-the-counter products that can be used to remove the dust and have the porcelain shining like new. Consider using organic plumbing household cleaners like Stur Organic to keep chemical use in the home at a minimum.
Examine faucets and showerheads for drips
Now is the time to take stock of your leaky faucets and showerheads. It’s easy to put off small drips for a while, but even small drips are a precursor to a larger problem. Go from room to room examining each plumbing faucet by running a paper towel across the spout.
Check settings on your water heater
Your home’s water heater settings were likely set during the initial installation. If that’s been a hot minute (pun intended), take some time to ensure the settings are configured accordingly. If you can get your hands on the manual, find the section detailing how to set the water heater temperature. If you don’t have access to the manual, simply search online for the model and year. A good rule of thumb is to set the water heater at 120℉. Proper water heater temperature settings ensure efficient home energy use.
SCHEDULE AN ANNUAL PLUMBING ASSESSMENT
This simple spring cleaning plumbing guide will set you up for success. While it’s not exhaustive, it’s a great start. If you’d like to schedule an annual assessment of your home’s plumbing fixtures, give us a call at (765) 769-2066 or email a Hudson Plumbing representative by clicking here.