Stuck at home? Use this “Summer Cleaning” checklist for your Plumbing!
Summer Cleaning” checklist
This Summer 2020 is a little different! Unfortunately, you are finding yourself at home due to social distancing. And that means you are probably doing some thorough cleaning throughout your home. In addition to your living areas, your plumbing system deserves a good cleaning, too. And perhaps now, you have more time to focus on these forgotten areas. It’s a good idea to get in the habit of inspecting your plumbing at least once a year to make sure nothing is broken, leaking, or needs replacement. This checklist below can help you find and solve problems before they become major issues.
Properly functioning toilets can account for roughly 25% of your home’s water usage. This can turn into a major waste of water and money if your toilet isn’t working correctly. Do you hear your toilet running? Is there a leak coming from your toilet, or is it slow to drain? Contact the Pros at Plumb Pro to save you money and headaches down the road.
Your drains will also benefit from a thorough spring cleaning. As you’re cleaning the drains, be on the lookout for clogs and debris buildup. If you notice that the pipes drain slowly or have a foul smell, a drain clog may be the problem. You can refer to our blog post, How to Unclog a Shower Drain, for help in that area.
A sump pump should also be tested to make sure it is working properly. While a working sump pump is critical any time of year, the start of the rainy spring season is an ideal time to make sure your sump pump is functioning correctly. The pump should be cleaned, along with all the vents and air holes. Many homeowners prefer to have a professional do a periodic check-up and cleaning of the sump pump and system.
This is a good time to think about the life and efficiency of your water heater. Refer to our blog What to Do When Your Water Heater Takes Too Long To Heat for guidance. You may not be in a position to replace your water heater right now, but if the unexpected happens, see our blog on When is it time to replace a water heater?
With more time at home, be sure to add plumbing to your list of cleaning tasks. From the toilets to the water heater, it’s important to make sure your home’s plumbing system is in order. If you need a professional’s evaluation, contact Plumb Pro for support.