Check The Plumbing! Fall’s Here!
When you’re writing your fall to-do list in the coming weeks, don’t forget to include an important but often overlooked system in your Massachusetts home: the plumbing. Here’s a fall plumbing checklist to make things a little easier for you.
Plumbing Fall Checklist
Kitchen / bathroom
- Check for leaks on all faucets; take care of any plumbing repairs immediately.
- Install drain strainers in all sinks to prevent clogging.
- Inspect your toilet tank and bowl for cracks or leaks.
- Make sure toilets flush properly. If a toilet doesn’t flush correctly, it probably means that some parts are worn out from use; contact us for plumbing service.
- Check toilets for hidden leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank; if the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes.
- Remove mineral deposits from showerheads and aerators (the screw-on tips of your faucets) by unscrewing each and soaking them in vinegar overnight; gently scrub them in the morning with an old toothbrush.
- Set your water heater thermostat to 120°F to get the best balance of energy efficiency and performance (says the U.S. Department of Energy).
- Drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out efficiency-reducing sediment, carefully following manufacturer’s instructions for doing so – or get professional water heater maintenance from FSi and let us do it for you.
- Consider replacing your water heater if your unit is more than 10 or 12 years old; the energy efficiency improvements alone will more than likely pay for the investment in just a few years.
- Check appliance hoses for bulges, leaks, or cracks, repairing or replacing them as needed.
- Snake slow drains – especially flood drains in your basement.
- Test run your sump pump in advance of spring storms.
- Check under-sink pipes for leaks and repair as needed.
- Look for slow leaks in your home by taking a reading on your water meter before bedtime; check the meter again then next morning after not using water overnight. If the reading has changed you have a leak that should be repaired.
- Clear outdoor drains, gutters, downspouts, and plumbing vent pipes.
- Turn on outdoor water; check faucets and hoses to make sure water flows correctly.
Don’t wait for plumbing problems to happen – stay on top of leaks and other issues with professional plumbing service in Greater Springfield, MA from the pros at FSi! Contact us today to learn more.