Now that winter is almost over and things are beginning to thaw out, it's time to get ready for spring. If you haven't started making your spring cleaning chore list, now's a good time to do that. While you're making your list, don't forget to add plumbing maintenance. This is particularly important if your plumbing has been ignored over the winter. Preventative plumbing maintenance can help reduce your chances of encountering costly problems. Here are just four of the items that should be on your list.
Have Your Drains Cleaned
If you can't remember the last time you had your drains cleaned, or you know it's been a few years, you need to have them cleaned. If your drain pipes are clogged with debris, you could be facing major problems, including recurring clogs, or total obstruction of your drain system. A professional drain cleaning will remove the debris so that your drains will flow freely. The process will also remove any tree roots that might be growing in your drains.
Flush Your Unused Drains
If you've got drains in your house that you seldom use, they could be harboring bacteria. Unfortunately, that bacteria could lead to foul odors inside your home. To prevent foul odors and remove the bacteria, flush your unused drains at least once a month. Bring a gallon of water to a boil and then pour it down your unused drains. The hot water will prevent bacteria from building up in your drains.
If your unused drains seem a bit sluggish, you can use the following tip to clear away the grime. Pour one cup of baking soda into the drains and allow it to set for about 15 minutes. Pour one cup of vinegar into the drains and wait for the foaming action to stop. Once the drains have stopped foaming, flush them with hot water. The foaming action will break up the grime so it can get washed away by the hot water.
Check for Leaks
While you're taking care of your plumbing maintenance, you also want to check for leaks. Begin by checking all your outdoor water spigots. They might have frozen during the winter, which could have caused internal problems. Next, look under your sinks for signs of leaks. Check the ground for puddles and check the pipes for signs of moisture. Finally, check your toilet for leaks. Place about a teaspoon of food coloring into the tank. Allow it to set for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, look inside the toilet bowl. If the water is discolored, you've got a tank leak that will need to be repaired. If you've noticed any of the problems described above, you'll need to contact a plumber.
To learn more, contact a plumbing company like Marcum Plumbing Services, Inc.
Keeping your home's plumbing system in good working order is a family job. Have you taught your kids what should never be flushed down the toilets or poured down the drains? Do your kids know what to watch for to know that there is a plumbing problem that needs to be addressed? If your kids know what to look for, they will be less likely to contribute to making a minor plumbing problem more serious. This blog will show you things that you should teach your kids so that everyone can work together to protect the entire plumbing system in your home.