When you think about spring cleaning, your home's plumbing system probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. However, the warmer weather makes the ideal time for inspecting your plumbing to make sure your house's pipes and drainage system are in proper working order. Check out these tips to determine whether or not you need to call a plumber to have repairs made.
Looking for Leaks
When a faucet leaks, it uses a lot of excess water, which in turn can increase your water bill. So it's important to inspect the faucets in your home regularly to ensure they aren't leaking. Be sure you inspect your kitchen sink, bathroom sinks, the faucets in your bathtubs and/or showers, and the sink in your utility/laundry room if necessary. While repairing a leaky faucet isn't necessarily difficult, it can be confusing because different faucet types require you to follow different instructions. If you know whether the faucet that's leaking is a compression faucet, a ball faucet, a cartridge faucet, or a ceramic disk faucet, you can purchase the parts you need from your local hardware store. However, if you aren't completely sure, you should consider hiring a plumber to do the job. In addition to inspecting the faucets, you should also take a minute to inspect the pipes under the sinks and your showerheads to make sure they aren't leaking.
You need to inspect each toilet in your home to make sure that it's flushing properly, isn't running too long after flushing, and isn't leaking. Typically toilets tend to leak around the base, and if your toilet is leaking at the back of the base, you might not notice it until you get down there and inspect the area. Also, take note if your toilet seems to clog frequently because it could indicate that there's a problem with the sewage system running from your home.
Inspecting your sinks, bathtubs, and toilets isn't all that you need to do to make sure your home's plumbing is working properly. It's also a good idea to have your hot water heater professionally inspected. You should also inspect any spigots outside your home. Additionally, take the time to walk through your yard to make sure you don't smell any sewage odors or discover sewage seeping up through the ground.
Inspecting your home's plumbing and hiring a plumber to make needed repairs could save you a lot of hassle and money in the long run. So take the time this spring to inspect the plumbing in your house, and call a plumber as soon as possible if you locate any problems.