Spring is finally here! Open the windows; clean out the garage; have that garage sale you’ve been dreaming about all winter! While you’re cleaning your home and ridding it of any excess “stuff” collected over the winter months, you should also take a few minutes to inspect your home’s plumbing. During the winter months, problems are sometimes harder to fix or notice. This easy, DIY checklist provides a few guidelines for places to inspect and what to look for. If you have any questions, always feel free to call Holloway Plumbing!
- Vinegar can help remove mineral deposits from showerheads if you soak the showerhead in a baggie of vinegar overnight. The next morning, you should be able to easily with an old toothbrush.
- Perform a Dye Test on your toilet to inspect for leaks. Place food coloring in the tank and do not use the toilet for 30 minutes. If you return and the bowl has changed colors, your toilet is leaking. You should also check both the tank and bowl for any cracks or leaks. If you find any, call a licensed technician right away.
- Spring is a great time to inspect all faucets and plumbing under sinks for leaks or cracks. Replace or repair any leaky faucets or fixtures.
- All drains should have a strainer of some sort to prevent excess debris from entering and clogging the pipes such as hair, large food particles, etc.
- If your water heater is more than 15 years old, you should start looking into replacing the unit. Newer models are more energy efficient, which could save a significant amount of money. The first four numbers on your unit indicate the month and year the unit was manufactured. Call Holloway Plumbing for a complete list of the options available.
- Read basic maintenance tips for your water heater on the manufacturer’s website. For example, some companies recommend carefully draining a few gallons of water from the tank to flush out any possible corrosion that may cause sediment deposits in the water. These deposits reduce the efficiency and the life of your unit.
- If your washing machine has a lint trap, be sure to clean it regularly. If not, you can place a wire trap or pantyhose over the end that drains the washer to prevent build up or clogged pipes.
- If your home has a sump pump, pour a few buckets of water into the sump pit. If the device is operating properly, the pump should engage, discharge the water, then shut off. If this does not happen, call Holloway Plumbing right away.
If you find any problems during this inspection or want to schedule a routine maintenance inspection, we are here to help all of our Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Boerne, & Texas Hill Country neighbors with all of their plumbing needs. Feel free to contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and our qualified technicians will help remedy any of your plumbing issues. We’re working hard to be your plumber for life. For plumbing the right way, call Holloway! Contact us today!