Five Spring Plumbing Tips You Can’t Miss

bathroomsinkSpring has sprung, and this time of year there are some steps you can take to keep your plumbing in top-notch shape. It’s easy to delay plumbing maintenance until there is a problem or even emergency situation. However, this strategy can lead to even bigger, and more expensive, problems. Here are five tips for including your plumbing in your spring-cleaning.

Have Your Drains Professionally Cleaned

Over time, things like food particles, hair, soap scum and even pipe corrosion can clog your drains. You may be tempted to use a commercial cleaner to clear your drain, but these chemicals can actually damage your pipes. A professional plumber can use specialized equipment to safely and efficiently clear your drains this spring. We are a Lindenhurst plumber that specializes in drain cleaning, so call us today to set up an appointment.

Check Your Water Heater Temperature

If your water heater isn’t working correctly, you’ll have to resort to cold showers and cold dish washing water. This spring, check your water heater temperature to make sure it’s working correctly and is energy efficient so it’s not inflating your utility bill. If the temperature is higher or lower than 120 degrees Fahrenheit, contact a plumber. If you need a plumber in Merrick, or a plumber in 11566, we can repair your water heater or install a new one if needed.

Buy a Spare Sump Pump Battery

If you have a sump pump to prevent moisture or flooding in your basement, now is an excellent time to make sure you have a spare battery for it. Many sump pumps are electrically powered but have a battery backup option. If you have a battery on hand when you lose power during a heavy spring rainstorm, you will know your sump pump will continue to work properly on battery power.

You can also test your pump to make sure it is working by pouring a few gallons of water into the sump pit. The pump should start working within a few seconds and then turn off by itself. If it does not, contact a plumber.

Look for and Repair Leaks

Even small leaks can lead to major damage. If you identify and repair leaks before they get out of control, you’ll prevent damage and expensive repairs. If you notice a leak, call a plumber to have it repaired. If you find water where it shouldn’t be or suspect you have a leak somewhere in your system, we are a Lindenhurst plumber that offers leak detection services.

Check Your Toilet for Leaks

A leaky toilet can waste a lot of water, costing you more money on your water bill. It can also cause water to collect around the base of the toilet, which can damage your floor. You can easily check your toilet for a leak between the tank and the bowl by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank. In half an hour, check the bowl for any sign of the coloring. If you find coloring in the bowl, your toilet most likely has a leak, which a plumber can repair.

Add these five items to your list of spring-cleaning chores and you could save money and prevent future damage to your piping system or home.

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