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
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
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
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
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.