Spring is a great time to check the condition of your plumbing system and make any necessary repairs or upgrades before the warm weather arrives. Completing essential maintenance helps prevent performance issues during the upcoming season. Be sure your plumbing is in peak condition by following six key maintenance steps from Main Stream Mechanical’s plumbing professionals:
1. Look for leaks.
A leak of any size can waste a lot of water, resulting in high water bills and damage to your home. Start by checking the water supply lines to your faucets, showerheads, and toilets. If you notice any leaks, contact our licensed plumbing specialists. We can help you determine the cause of the leak and complete the necessary repairs.
Pro Tip: An easy way to check for toilet leaks is by putting a few drops of food coloring into your toilet tank. If there are leaks, the food coloring will appear in the bowl in about 30 minutes.
2. Test your plumbing fixtures.
Turn the water supply valves at your sinks and toilets on and off periodically to prevent them from getting stuck. If you’ve experienced issues when using your faucets or your toilet lever isn’t working properly, an inspection by a plumbing professional can assess the problem and provide a solution.
3. Inspect your water heater.
Check your tank and pipes for any signs of leaks, corrosion, or damage. Schedule an appointment with one of our home comfort specialists to address any concerns. In addition, we recommend flushing your system to remove sediment buildup. Over time sediment collects at the bottom of your water tank, reducing the efficiency and lifespan of your unit.
Pro Tip: If you turned up your water heater temperature during the winter, remember to turn it back down. We recommend keeping your water heater at a safe 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only will this prevent scalding, but it’ll save energy and maximize the lifespan of your system.
4. Test your sump pump.
Before you evaluate your sump pump, be sure to unplug and disconnect it from power. Next, check the pit for oil—a sign that your system is losing coolant. Look for debris in the pit, intake screen, and float. Once you’ve confirmed there are no blockages, plug the unit back in. Finally, test the functionality of your sump pump by pouring water into the pit to activate the unit.
Spring showers and melting snow can result in flooding. If you don’t have a sump pump but want to add one to your home, contact us for a no-cost estimate.
5. Check your outdoor plumbing.
Your pipes and hoses may have sustained damage or freezing during the winter, causing cracks and leaks, either on the exterior or interior of your home. Turn on your outdoor faucets to make sure water is flowing properly and look for leaks and other signs of damage. Additionally, test your sprinkler system to identify any clogs or broken heads that may need to be repaired or replaced.
6. Schedule a plumbing inspection.
If you haven't had a plumbing inspection in a while, now is a great time to schedule one with Main Stream Mechanical. We can look for any signs of damage or wear and tear and provide recommendations for repairs or upgrades that can improve the efficiency and safety of your system.
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If you need help with plumbing repairs or upgrades, contact the home comfort specialists at Main Stream Mechanical. We’re your locally-owned, licensed professional plumber.
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