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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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As the colder weather here in the Triangle area starts to secede and give way to the warmer temperatures of a new season, the trusted Raleigh NC plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing want to remind you that there are many things to remember as you check around the house and look for possible repairs that may need to be done as part of our Spring Plumbing Tips.

By simply going through your bathroom, kitchen, appliances, and plumbing equipment in your home’s common areas and following these Spring Plumbing Tips early on in the season, you can avoid or at least lessen the likelihood of major and potentially costly repairs.

With the increase in rainfall that we are already experiencing one thing you for sure want to check up on is that all drains, gutters and downspouts are clear of any debris. Likewise, on top of the list of Spring Plumbing Tips and check points should be to make sure all vents and plumbing pipes are clear as they could be hindered or clogged from leaves, sticks, bird nests, or a host of other items after the winter “thaw out.”

Another very important item on your Spring Plumbing Tips checklist should be checking your hose bib. First look at the faucet to be sure there are no leaks. This is a somewhat common problem after the colder months when a hose has been attached to the hose bib for the entire winter. If it was hooked up for the winter, it could have lead to the water supply pipe freezing at some point and this in turn may have seen the pipe expand and crack. If you do discover this is the case, call your trusted Raleigh NC plumbers at Poole’s and have the pipe replaced before major water damage can occur.

Keeping your plubming system safe should be a top priority during any of the four seasons, but the most important Spring Plumbing Tips you can follow as the winter cold turns to the warmer months is to make sure your sump pump is ready to endure some hard work in the upcoming season. Checking this is as simple as pouring a few buckets of water into the sump pit for starters. It should then start up with in a few seconds and then after the water flows, it should turn itself off automatically. If this does not occur once again, you should contact the professionals at Poole’s Plumbing to come and see your sump pump first hand before it burns out completely and once again requires a much more costly remedy.

Taking just a little time to go through and around the house to check on these items and follow up on each of these Spring Plumbing Tips as the cold air begins to warm with the change of the season could be the difference between major plumbing issues and water damage at your home, not to mention some unnecessary damage to your wallet. In part two of our Spring Plumbing Tips, we will discuss some other simple ways around the house to conserve heading into the Spring.

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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