Spring Home Plumbing Tips
An annual inspection of your home’s plumbing is recommended – and now is the ideal time of year to
First, check all of your faucets for any dripping or leaking. Inspect your toilet bowl – and tank – for any
leaks or cracks… and check the water supply valves under your sinks and toilets. Pour water down any
floor drains that are not used very often. This will fill the traps and help get rid of any unpleasant odors.
Check all exposed water pipes for any signs of leaks. Clean your shower heads by soaking them in
vinegar overnight to dissolve any mineral deposits that might have built up. Drain several gallons of
water from your water heater to flush out sediment. Also, check that the temperature on your water
heater is set no higher than 120 degrees to prevent scalding and to reduce energy costs. If your home
has a sump pump, pour a few buckets of water into the sump crock to make sure the pump operates
properly. Lastly, check the hoses on your washing machine and dishwasher for any leaks or bulges.
Checking these items at least once a year will help you conserve water and help prevent costly repair