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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.

Indoors:

  • 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.

Outdoors:

  • 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.

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