As the vibrant colors of spring begin to blossom, it’s not just nature that deserves your attention. Your plumbing system, a vital component of your home, also requires a thorough check-up and some expert care. Regular maintenance not only reduces the risk of significant issues but also safeguards your home from potential damage, sparing you the need for costly professional interventions. Let’s dive into your comprehensive spring plumbing maintenance checklist: 

  1. Check for Piping Leaks: Begin by inspecting faucets for leaks. Ensure that no water escapes around the connections when faucets are turned off. Identify and address any new leaks promptly, whether by installing new fixtures or repairing existing ones. Extend this assessment to visible pipes in your home, such as those under sinks or in the basement. Vigilance in this area can prevent damage and contribute to water bill savings.
  1. Test Out Sump Pump: Verify the effectiveness of your sump pump by pouring a bucket of water into its pit. It should activate promptly, draining the water before deactivating. Any deviation from this sequence signals a potential issue that requires immediate attention.
  1. Maintain Water Heater: Evaluate the age of your water heater, considering replacement if it’s 15 years or older. Regardless of age, optimize its efficiency by setting the temperature no higher than 120 degrees. Ensure a safe environment by clearing any items surrounding the water heater, promoting both safety and efficiency.
  1. Check for Toilet Leaks: Examine both the bowl and tank for leaks. To conduct a more thorough test, place a few drops of food dye into the tank and observe if the color appears in the bowl after an hour. The presence of color indicates a potential leak that requires professional attention.
  1. Outdoor Plumbing and Draining: Extend your inspection outdoors by examining pipes, drains, gutters, and downspouts. Ensure they are clear of debris to prevent blockages. Confirm the unobstructed flow of water from exterior faucets, especially after inclement weather, to avoid potential leaks.
  1. Check Appliances: Inspect water supply hoses for appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, or ice makers. Replace hoses older than ten years or showing signs of wear with stainless steel alternatives for enhanced strength and durability. Additionally, safeguard your plumbing system by checking and cleaning the lint trap on your washing machine.

Completing this comprehensive checklist sets the stage for a plumbing system that is not only ready for the spring and summer but is also optimized for peak performance. If you encounter any challenges beyond your comfort level, don’t hesitate to reach out to Schlueter Plumbing, The No-Nonsense Plumber, at 513-771-7588 or visit us at schlueterplumbing.com

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