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With the temperatures rising, winter is slowly turning to spring. The Raleigh NC plumbers, Poole’s Plumbing, has more Spring Plumbing Tips as the warmth approaches. These simple reminders you can do around the house to prepare and avoid major issues in the coming months.

Simple Spring Plumbing Tips Anyone Can Handle

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Drain filters for your faucet or showers can come in a variety of forms. Whether plastic, rubber, or metal (as shown) these are a simple way to keep hair, soap, or other items from causing a clogged drain

Many feel when discussing plumbing and weather change they are not equipped to do their own upkeep. However, with these Spring Plumbing suggestions, anyone can monitor the situation and thus avoid unnecessary issues before they occur.

Dodge Spring Plumbing Issues by Observing Your Faucets and Staying ‘Unclogged’

Simple enough right? A check of all faucets regularly can keep you ahead of the curve in avoiding Spring Plumbing disasters. Being sure there are no leaks and thus be certain you are conserving water and money as a result.

Likewise, Spring Plumbing mishaps can be averted through keeping your eyes out for clogged drains. Usage of filters on all drains in your home prevents buildup which leads to potentially costly clogs. Items such as soap, hair, and more can cause blockages if drains in your home are not regularly monitored.

A Clean Shower Head to Avoid a Spring Plumbing Headache

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Filling a baggie with white vinegar and wrapping it around your shower head for a 24 hour period is an easy Spring Plumbing remedy to remove mineral deposits

Shower heads are another area that can easily become clogged due to mineral deposits. A simple solution to this is to fill a zip-lock bag with white vinegar and using are rubber band to secure it. Simply wrap the baggie you fill with vinegar around the shower head. Once wrapped tightly around the shower head, let it sit for 24 hours. This simple, do-it-yourself process will break the deposits down and have the shower head clog-free and clean. Once again, a clean showerhead equals one less potential Spring Plumbing headache.

Keep an Eye on the Toilets and Flush Away Spring Plumbing Disasters

Staying in the bathroom, keeping consistent watch over your toilets also helps to steer clear of Spring Plumbing problems. Again in attempting to maximize conservation efforts, this to can be done by anyone in fairly easy fashion.

A first leak check on your toilet can be done with a flush. If upon pulling the handle, you need to shake or wiggle it to stop the water flow, there is an issue. The ‘flush test’ can lead to an inexpensive fix even if you needed to shake the handle. If that was needed though, this indicates certain parts in the tank will need replacing. These, however, are all inexpensive parts in the tank that are easily replaced by following the instructions for a given part. But, this simple replacement of any part from your tank inevitably saves you bundles from what would happen if this Spring Plumbing issue went unnoticed.

Coloring and Cracks: Let Your Eyes be Your Guide to Finding a Leak

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While at first, a simple crack on your toilet may not seem a big deal, ignoring Spring Plumbing issues like this can lead to a pricey fix

One obvious way to ‘stay on top of your toilets’ is to check for visible cracks in your unit. With a cracked toilet comes leaks, which not only can cause water damage but also can prove costly financially. A proven way to check for any leaks is the tried and true food color test. Follow the simple steps below to use this test to check for leaks (Note: Also see photo at top of article).

  • Remove the lid from on top of your toilets’ tank
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to the water in the tank
  • Let the food coloring settle in the tank for 30 minutes
  • When this time is up, observe the water in the toilet bowl
  • If the water in the bowl has changed colors when you check after 30 minutes, there is a leak.

Avoid a Sticky Valve and Avoid a Sticky Situation

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Knowing where to locate your home’s water valve is essential in the case of an unexpected disaster. A regular check to be sure the valve is not sticking is recommended.

For the final suggestion of our Spring Plumbing Tips, it is first necessary to locate your water supply valve. You should know where this shut off valve is, regardless of what season it is. However, assuming you’ve found it, another easy ‘DIY’ solution is to check the valve regularly.

The valve check is to be certain that it is not sticking. Just turn the valve on and off several times to do this check, so you are sure it is functioning smoothly. A stuck valve may seem a small problem at first, but if ignored can lead to serious Spring Plumbing issues eventually.

Anyone can do these simple Spring Plumbing Tips, whether its a quick check or simply observing as detailed above. Remembering to keep watch over these areas, and the ones in our preceding blog post will prove a savings measure both financially and in your water usage, which can only lead to good things ahead plumbing-wise heading into the new season.

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Just as the Poole’s Plumbing name has become the most respected and trusted name in Raleigh NC plumbing, they have also earned the reputation as the “go-to” for installation, servicing and repair of any type of water heater. Whether tankless or your conventional model, the experts at Poole’s have a “best price guarantee” on all of their water heater services, striving to save you more while providing the most efficiency possible.

Many folks have tried in the more “modern age” of water heater technology to steer clear from the pricier and less efficient electric models that have historically been known to make one’s electric meter readings skyrocket. The term High Efficiency Electric Water Heaters may almost seem an oxymoron to some, however for those who aren’t aware, several years ago, there was a hybrid heat pump water heater introduced that has made the term High Efficiency Electric Waters Heaters no longer a fantasy.

Given the long standing tradition of your electric bill going through the roof due to having an electric unit, the first thing one may ask is, “How exactly do these High Efficiency Electric Water Heaters work?” At an average operating price of only about 60 cents per day, the once unthinkable High Efficiency Electric Water Heaters are at least worth consideration.

In actuality, most major water heater manufacturers do now make some type of High Efficiency Electric Water Heaters. How these hybrid heat pump type water heaters work is as follows: they pull hot air in, intensifying the heat and trnsfering to the water. In a nutshell, the heat pump does the work and helps heat the water before the electrical element even has to do any of the work. In many of the newer model High Efficiency Water Heaters, there is also smart controls that allow for you to create a schedule or the unit will actually do this on their own based upon the patterns of your usage.

While the initial cost of these High Efficiency Electric Water heaters can be a bit higher than other units, over a longer period of time, they can save you do to said efficiency. Whether this is the water heater option you wish to explore or whether you would like to look at the popular tankless models, Poole’s Plumbing is the number one water heater specialists

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Continuing in our ever important tips and pointers from your friend’s at the number one choice in Raleigh professional plumbing, Poole’s Plumbing, regarding the importance of keeping clean drains and painting them as best you can for not only efficiency, but to avoid unneeded costs and even eventual flooding, this post focuses on several ways that you can once again “do-it-yourself,” as we instruct you in easy to read steps, How to clear a clogged sink drain.

  • Remove the sink’s drain stoppers.
  • Remove any visible debris.
  • Clamp the dishwasher hose where it is attached to the drain line or disposal under the sink. This will prevent dirty water from backing up into the dishwasher.
  • Fill the sink with 3 to 4 inches of water.
  • Use a wet rag to block off one of the sink drains if you have a double bowl sink.
  • Use a plunger to plunge the open drain until the standing water swirls down the drain unimpeded. *Never plunge a drain into which you have already poured any drain cleaners or chemicals!
  • If there is a disposal, and it’s not working or is making a loud humming noise when turned on, it is likely jammed with something. Turn it off, and either unplug the cord under the sink if it has a plug, or turn off the circuit breaker in your main panel box for safety.
  • Insert the disposal wrench if you have it or an allen wrench up into the center of the bottom of the disposal and rotate it to clear any debris and make sure that the cutting blades can rotate freely inside the unit.
  • If the disposal made no noise at all when you turned it on, check the internal circuit breaker that is also on the bottom of the unit, and make sure it is not popped out. If it is, press it inward to reset it.
  • Now plug the disposal back in or turn the circuit breaker in the panel box back on, and turn the disposal on again. If it still does not operate, consider calling a plumber.