Spring Plumbing Checklist
It's officially Spring! Which means sunshine, flowers, and Spring Cleaning!
While creating your to-do list, make sure to check off these plumbing items along with your scrubbing and decluttering.
Record your water meter reading one night before going to bed, then check it again in the morning. If the reading changed with no overnight water usage, you may have a slow leak
Check all of your faucets- especially those in spaces like guest bathrooms that do not see as much daily use
Check toilets in each bathroom for signs of leaks
Utah Plumber Pro Tip: Add a couple of drops of food coloring into your toilet tank & flush the toilet. If color appears in the bowl, your tank has a leak
While you're in toilet mode, check the toilet handles; a handle that sticks or must be jiggled means its time to replace parts inside of your toilet tank
In each bathroom, open and close the water supply valves several times. Doing this a few times a year helps the valves be able to move freely
Clean the shower heads to remove deposits
Utah Plumber Pro Tip: Remove the shower head and soak it in vinegar overnight or secure a plastic back filled with vinegar over the shower head with a rubber band. Rinse in the morning and they'll look good as new
Check water heater temperature, which should be set at no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This prevents accidental scalding and maintains the efficiency of your water heater
Flush your water heater. If you do this every spring and fall, you'll keep sediment buildup to a minimum and extend the life of your water heater
Pour hot water into floor drains or other drains throughout the house that are not regularly used. Dry drains begin to emit a foul odor over time, and regular flushing will help prevent that
Ensure that all drains have a strainer to prevent hair and other objects from causing clogs
Toss a few ice cubes into your disposal. This helps keeps the blades nice and sharp. You can also add a few lemon or orange rinds and grind to give your drain a nice clean smell.
Remove any temporary insulation or other items installed for winter protection
Utah Plumber Pro Tip: With Utah's unpredictable weather, you'll have to determine when the best time is to do this! It's always best to leave these things in place as long as possible-just in case,.
Clean off any patio drains and flush with water to ensure proper drainage
After turning your sprinklers back on, thoroughly check your yard as well as inside your home for any signs of leaks
Check your outdoor faucets for leaks or cracks
Utah Plumber Pro Tip: If it drips when turned on, or if you notice a leak inside your home after turning it on, it may be an indication of a pipe that split due to freezing during the winter.