Spring Plumbing Tips

Replace Filters on Drains

Drain filters should be replaced once a year to keep your drains running fast and clean. The last thing you need is a clogged kitchen sink, bathroom basin, or shower.

Look for Pipe Leaks

Your pipes can develop leaks over the winter months. Take a tour of your home, looking at every visible pipe, checking for drips, condensation, and leaks. As the water drips and travels into the floor, walls, and foundation, your property can suffer damage that will be very expensive to repair. If you notice a leak in the spring or any other time, don’t wait to get it resolved, as each day can lead to more damage.

Check Water Supply Taps

Turn each water supply tap (for toilets, sinks, basins) on and off several times so they are easy to move and do not become rigidly stuck in place. Do the same with your main water supply valve. This is one of the easiest plumbing tips for spring, but possibly the most important. What if your toilet is overflowing and you can’t turn the water supply off? Keep those taps moving easily to protect your home.

Check Toilets for Problems, Leaks, and Cracks

If your toilet is not flushing correctly, you may need to hold the lever down to make it work. Look for water leaks around the base of the toilet, as these can lead to structural damage or even toxic mold growth. The seal can be replaced to stop the leak. Check each toilet for obvious cracks.

Clean Shower Head and Taps

The minerals in water cause buildup, filling the holes in a showerhead or around the taps on your sinks and basins. The best method to remove the buildup is an old standard: white vinegar. For the showerhead, take a plastic bag, fill it with white vinegar, and place it over the showerhead, secured with rubber bands. Leave it for a full day, and then remove it. The mineral deposits will be gone, and your shower will function right. For taps, let the white vinegar soak the area, and scrub off the mineral deposits. It may require several applications.