Spring is Prime Time for Plumbing Check-ups and Repairs

As spring approaches, now is a good time to make some quick checks around the house. . . 
To prevent possible plumbing issues that may occur, check the bathroom, kitchen, appliances, equipment and more common areas, both within and outside the home. Approach it as an extension of your regular spring cleaning.
Inspect your drains, gutters and downspouts to ensure proper operation; make sure all areas are clear and free of debris. If this spring brings an extra rainy season, you want to be prepared. Debris build up can clog drains and gutters, which in turn can cause leaks and water damage as well as mold growth. Also check that your vents and plumbing vents are free from leaves, sticks or the possible bird nest.        
Check Your Hose Bib in the Spring
Check for leaky faucets – If the water supply pipe has frozen, it may have expanded and caused a crack. If this has happened, contact Central before water damage occurs.

Stop Flooding Check Your Sump Pump for Proper Function
The most important thing you can do to keep your plumbing system safe this spring is to make sure your sump pump is primed and ready for extra work. To test and make sure that is is properly working, pour a few buckets of water into the sump pit. The pump should kick on in a few seconds, allow the flow of water and then turn itself off automatically. If it does not do it, call your Central and have the sump pump seen right away by a professional  – before it completely burns out.

Other Plumbing Repair Tips
  • To help save water and money, check the faucet in the kitchen and bathroom for leaks.
  • Make sure that there are filters on drains. This will help prevent hair, soap and other substances that may block your drains.
  • Check your toilet for leaks. A fast and inexpensive way to do this is to put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If there is a leak, the food color will end up in the bowl within half an hour. While you’re at it, check out the bowl for any cracks or leaks.
  • Check your toilets to make sure they are flushing correctly. If you must hold or shake the handle, you need to replace the parts of the toilet which are responsible for flushing. They do not cost much and in fact will save you money on your water bill.
  • Finally, clean your shower head with vinegar to remove mineral deposits that can clog. I know most people don’t know this little trick of the trade. Take a Zip Loc bag and fill it with white vinegar. Place the Zip Loc bag on the shower head in place and wrap the bag with a few heavy rubber bands securing the bag to the shower head. Leave for 24 hrs and the mineral deposits should breakdown leaving your shower clean as a whistle.
Completing this inspection now will prepare your home for the heavy rains of spring and will help you discover sooner and not later any damages caused by a long, cold winter.

As always, your Comfort is our Central concern, call 756-6656, for all your heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical needs!

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