Spring Plumbing Tips for Your Home

Spring is here in Cleveland and CPI wants to ensure your home is ready for the change in weather. We’ve got general tips for your kitchen and bathrooms, appliances, and the outside of your home. Follow our advice to keep your home and your family safe in the spring.

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Kitchen & Bathrooms

  • Check faucets for drips or leaks. Make repairs to save water and help lower your bills.
  • Ensure all drains have strainers to prevent hair, soap and debris from clogging the drain.
  • Check toilets for hidden leaks. Dye test your toilet. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes.
  • Inspect tank and bowl for cracks or leaks.
  • Exercise water supply valves under sinks and toilets to prevent them from sticking.
  • Make sure toilets flush properly. If the handle must be held down for a thorough flush or jiggled to stop the water from running, you may need to replace worn tank parts.
  • Clean mineral deposits from showerhead. Unscrew it and soak in vinegar or fill a plastic baggie with vinegar; place it over the showerhead and hold in place with a rubber band. Soak overnight then remove and gently scrub with an old toothbrush to remove deposits.

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Appliances

  • Ensure the temperature setting on your water heater is set no higher than 120°F to prevent scalding.
  • Carefully drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out corrosion causing sediment, which reduces heating efficiency and shortens the life of the heater.
  • Consider replacing a water heater more than 15 years old. Newer water heaters are more energy efficient.
  • Make sure flammables are not stored near the water heater or furnace.
  • Replace dishwasher, washing machine and ice maker supply hoses showing signs of weakness or older than ten years.

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Outside

  • Make sure yard drains, gutters and downspouts are cleaned out, open, and free of debris.
  • Check for bird nests in plumbing vent pipes.
  • Check faucets and hose bibs to make sure water flows freely. If an outdoor faucet drips or if there is leakage inside your home the first time the hose is turned on, you may have had a frozen pipe that cracked and needs to be replaced.

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General

  • Pour a gallon of water into infrequently used drains (including floor drains) to fill the trap and prevent odors from entering the house. Slow floor drains should be snaked to ensure they will carry away water quickly in the event of a flood.
  • Check exposed pipes under sinks and in the basement for signs of leaks.
  • If your home has a sump pump, make sure it operates properly by pouring a few buckets of water into the sump pit. The pump should quickly turn on, discharge the water then shut off without any issues.
  • Install a backflow valve in the floor drain to prevent future backups if you live in an area where sewers sometimes back up into homes.
  • Inspect for slow leaks in your home by taking a reading on your water meter before bedtime. The next morning, without using any water overnight, take another reading. If the reading has changed you have a leak that should be repaired.
  • Install flood alarms. Like a smoke alarm, a flood alarm is a battery-operated device that sounds an alarm when it comes in contact with water. It alerts you to potential flooding or leaks. Ask your technician for more information.

Contact one of our professionally licensed, bonded and insured contractors if you are experiencing any of the above plumbing problems in your home or office. Our member contractors serve the region by providing only the most qualified plumbing and mechanical contracting services for all plumbing applications.

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