Posted: March 31, 2017 Spring’s here, which means it’s a great time to give your whole home a once over — including your plumbing. Here are seven easy ways to give your plumbing systems a quick checkup:
Check for toilet leaks — Put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank; if you have a leak, you’ll see the color in the bowl within an hour.
Check for faucet leaks — Turn all house faucets on and off and look for drips there, too.
Install drain strainers — A simple $10 drain strainer could help prevent a costly repair down the road by keeping hair, soap build-up, and other items out of your pipes.
Check flush handles — If you have to jiggle your toilet handle or hold it down for a few seconds to get a full flush, you should replace the handle.
Check little-used drains — Pour a gallon of water into any drain you don’t use regularly; if it backs up or drains slowly, it should probably be snaked.
Look for obvious water damage — Check under sinks and near drains for staining or dampness, which could lead to mold formation and other problems.
Inspect your sump pump — Pour water in your sump pit and make sure it moves out at a reasonable rate. If the pump does not start up at all, try resetting the circuit breaker. If that doesn’t work, contact us.
Check outdoor connections — If you haven’t done it already, turn your outdoor water supply back on for the season — then check your outdoor faucets, hoses, and sprinklers to make sure they are working properly.