While not everyone creates a spring cleaning to-do list, most homeowners do have a mental list of tasks that they tackle as the weather becomes more pleasant. Maybe it is the renewed energy that comes in the spring, or perhaps it is an effort to clear your time for more fun activities in the summer. But whatever the reason, be sure to add these critical plumbing items to your spring cleaning list.
- Outdoor Water- Make sure to take a few minutes and inspect all of your outdoor faucets and hose bibs for leaks. It could be as simple as a worn-out O-ring in a garden hose, but all tiny leaks can become a significant problem if not corrected quickly. Also, run a cycle on your irrigation system to make sure that there are no leaks or other issues that will create a more significant problem later in the year. This investment of an hour could save you a lot of wasted water, and many stressed or even dead plants in the heat of the summer.
- Sump Pump- If your home has a basement, be sure to test your sump pump to be confident that it is ready for the spring and summer rains. Just pour a bucket of water into the sump pit and see that the pump turns on automatically and removes the water so that you are not facing a surprise flood.
- Drains- Knowing that you have a slow clearing drain now means that you are not going to be calling us in a few months for an emergency drain cleaning appointment. An Action Plumbing pro can clean your drains at your convenience and eliminate the potential flood of nasty water in your home. Turn on several faucets in sinks, tubs, and showers to make sure that your drains can handle that large amount of wastewater. Also, flush each toilet to make sure that it removes the waste, refills, and the water turns off correctly.
- Faucets and Fixtures- While you are testing your drains, you can also be completing a quick check of all of your plumbing faucets and fixtures. Look for signs of scale build-up that can compromise a handle or valve, clogs in the screens, and make sure that each faucet turns off completely. Just one drop per second adds up to five gallons a day or nearly 2,000 gallons per year. Also, take a moment to inspect the water supply hose on each toilet for leaks or cracks if you missed that when checking the drains.
- Appliances- There are many appliances in your home that use water. And each of those items uses a hose or piece of pipe to connect to your home’s water pipes. Investing an hour to check all of the fittings, hoses, and connections could save you a significant amount of money by avoiding some costly water damage. And no one wants to come home and discover water flowing out from behind the refrigerator or clothes washer.
Your checklist should include:
- Refrigerators with water dispenser
- Automatic icemaker
- Under sink water filtration system or water softener
- Clothes washer
- Water heater
- Full house water filtration system or water softener
Hopefully, your spring inspection did not create a considerable summer to-do list for you. However, if you did find a significant number of issues, a single call to 806-583-3558, is a great way to get everything fixed at one time. An Action licensed plumber can address all of the issues you found cost-effectively and professionally. This will save you from multiple trips to the hardware store for parts and the frustration of learning all of these plumbing repairs.
Not only will you benefit from the full warranty and 100% customer satisfaction guarantee, but you will also have much-needed peace of mind. Many homeowners plan their vacation in the summertime. And no one wants to waste a minute of their precious vacation worrying about a possible water leak or other plumbing surprises that could greet them when they return home. Call the pros at 806-583-3558 and know that our full-service plumbing company can handle your plumbing to-do list no matter how large or small it might be.