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Spring Plumbing Tips: Cleaning & Maintenance

It’s time to take a step back and consider proper plumbing maintenance for the entire home when the weather heats. Time flies, and you can find yourself laying on plumbing problems you weren’t even aware of.

Because of this, Ecofix has compiled a list of some of its best and simplest springtime plumbing maintenance advice.

Inspect toilet tanks, tubs and bowls for cracks or leaks

High-traffic areas like sinks, batteries, and toilets are the most notorious for needing professional leak repair. Whether it’s due to a cracked seat or damaged water inlet and outlet pipes.

  • Check the float valve and system.
  • Make sure it is set to a low setting. If it is too high, water may flow into the bowl instead of out.
  • Check the seal around the tank. If the gasket has been worn down, it may allow water to seep in.
  • Replace it with a new one.
  • Flush your toilet regularly.
  • Consider professional tap replacement and repair help.

Putting a few drops of food colouring in the toilet tank will help you find leaks. If the toilet is dripping, you’re on your own from there. Colourful leaks will drip at the point of the rupture.

Ensure your WC Flushes Correctly

It may be necessary to repair some of the worn-out tank components if the handle needs to be held down for a thorough flush or jiggled to turn off the water. You’ll notice a cheaper water cost if you’re willing to put in a little bit of handyman labour because parts are not that expensive.

Pour a bucket or several of water into the sump pit if your home has a sump pump to check sure it works properly. The pump should start up immediately, remove the water without any issues, and then switch off.

Maintenance

Replace Water Heaters Older Than 15 Years

Modern water heaters are far more energy-efficient than older models due to advancements in heating technology and standards. When the time is ripe, you should swap out your old water heater for a newer model.

Replacing the tank It’s time to replace the tank if:

  • The heat exchanger has rusted
  • The metal shows signs of corrosion.
  • The tank is cracked.
  • The tank is leaking.
  • The tank has low water pressure.

Check Temperature Settings on Your Water Heater

To avoid burning yourself and save energy, set it no higher than 50 degrees.

Carefully drain a few gallons from the water heater tank to remove corrosion-causing silt that shortens the heater’s lifespan and affects heating efficiency. For detailed instructions unique to your brand and model, see the website of your water heater’s manufacturer.

Remove Sediments From Boilers

Boiler sediment buildup results in decreased efficiency, greater energy consumption, and a shorter equipment lifespan. It physically separates the tank’s heating element, decreasing the effectiveness of the system as a whole.

A barrier between the heating elements is undesirable. Lack of punctuality makes it more difficult to heat water for everyday uses like showers, dishwashers, and laundry.

At Ecofix we can help with boiler servicing and boiler repair.

Check Dishwasher, Washing Machine, and ICE Maker Supply Hoses for Bulges or Leaks

Hoses that are weak or more than ten years old should be replaced. When possible, use stainless steel tubing. Compared to other types, they are more dependable and less prone to bursting.

Make certain that yard drains, gutters and downspouts are cleared, accessible and debris-free.

Inspect Vent Pipes

Many times, confused birds may settle in and build their nests in vent pipes. Unfortunately, other material clogs plumbing vent pipes in addition to bird nests, slowing down the drainage of your system.

Check Water Hoses

Always check the hose for rips and holes before hooking it back in, just as you should always unhook the hose after each usage to prevent pipes from bursting due to frozen water if temperatures should plummet.

As you step up your cleaning, now is also a good time to examine grout more closely on countertops, backsplashes, and floor tiles, advise cleaning professionals Crown Cleaners.

To prevent cracks from spreading, look for any new ones that may have appeared as a result of humidity fluctuations.

Inspect the shower and sink trim and the bathtub for any signs of leaks or mildew. Early detection of issues can help you avoid spending hundreds of dollars later.

Carry Professional Water Reading Test

Before leaving for work for the day, check your water metre, then check it again when you get home to make sure no one has used any water while you were gone. It’s a leak if the number changed.

Keep in mind that routine upkeep and inspections might help you save money in the long run by

Consider Installing A Water Softener

High quantities of minerals like calcium and magnesium are present in hard water, and regular disregard causes issues with your plumbing, appliances, dishes, clothes, and even your skin and hair.

Because of this, adding a water softener to contemporary UK homes is a wise decision and is being increasingly advised.

A water softener is a device that removes extra minerals from your water by sanitising it with salt, either potassium chloride (KCl) or sodium chloride (NaCl).

Calcium and magnesium ions are drawn to and trapped by salt in a similar manner to a magnet, leaving behind softer water that freely flows through your pipes and faucets.

A water softener has a wide range of advantages. The following are a few benefits of water softeners:

  • Water softeners save you money on soap and detergents, as hard water makes it harder for soap to lather and rinse, thus leading to more mire water use. With soft water, you would use less soap and detergent as you literally wash faster.
  • Water softeners reduce damage done to your dishes, clothes, and hardware. Hard water leaves unpleasant spots, stains, and residue, making both fabrics and dish look dull and dirty.
  • Water softeners reduce corrosion and mineral build-up damage and extends life of your hardware, such as faucets, shower heads, and pipes.
  • Water softeners enhance your skin and hair. Hard water can dry out your skin and hair, making it rough and brittle. It also clogs pores to cause irritation and breakouts. Soft water moisturises your skin and hair for a softer and smoother feel, not to mention benefits to skin complexion and problems with acne.

Maintenance Gutters & Downspout Sewage

Your outdoor plumbing systems’ overall health depends heavily on your gutter system. Gutter cleaning must therefore be listed as a top priority on your spring plumbing to-do list. Regular gutter and yard drain cleaning helps avoid debris buildup and freezing, which might potentially cause damage to your home.

Cleaning your downspouts is also crucial to avoid clogging, which can cause water to accumulate near your home’s foundation. This accumulation may result in wet basements, sweaty walls, water seeping out of the foundation, and other problems.

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