Spring is here, and the nice weather makes us want to open our windows and doors to let some fresh air indoors. Have you begun spring cleaning yet? This may include dusting, washing, mopping, and much more. Additionally, it’s a good idea to check your plumbing while you are at it. After long use in the winter months, your plumbing system can use a little freshening up. Annual sewer drain maintenance will ensure your system performs better and lasts longer.
Plumbing System & Spring Cleaning
There are some things you may want to check for to give your plumbing a thorough spring cleaning.
Make sure that you check the following off of your list:
- Clear your downspouts, vent pipes on the roof, and gutters.
- Check all the pipes to make sure that you don’t have any leaks, damage, or anything out of the ordinary in them. You can also have a plumber inspect them.
- Check your hose spigots for possible damage or leaks. If needed, be sure to replace them. If you notice that they continue to drip even after you replace the spout, it could be a frozen pipe that needs repairing from cracking.
- Install backwater valves on all of your floor drains to prevent backups from the sewer.
- To remove clogs, snake any slow floor drains and pour a gallon of water into floor drains that are consistently used. This will help fill any traps and prevent sewer gases and odors from entering your home.
- To clean up build-up and debris from the drains in your house, only use a bacterial drain cleaner. If you have a frequent clogging issue, ensure it is thoroughly snaked to get rid of the issue.
- All traps beneath your bathroom, laundry, and kitchen sinks should be cleaned.
- Use mesh strainers to cover all drains to prevent clogging debris such as hair from going down the drain.
- Test the working condition of your sump pump. Pour water into the basin and trip the level to ensure it is still in proper working order. Additionally, you can check the on/off mechanism to make sure it is not corroded.
- Ensure that you do an all-around maintenance check on your water heater to ensure it is working properly.
- Ensure that all mineral build-up from your faucets and shower heads is cleaned up. Additionally, you should clean and replace faucet aerators if it is needed.
- Examine your water supply lines that connect to your faucets, toilets, washing machines, and other water-using appliances or fixtures. If you notice tears, leaks, or bulges, you will need to replace the lines.
- Clean your washing machine’s lint trap.
- Thoroughly clean your garbage disposer and, if needed, repair it.
- Do a thorough leak check inside and around your home. Additionally, ensure that you conduct a water meter reading to ensure you’ve gotten everything.
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