Preparing you home for spring
Spring is here and you know what that means! Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and most importantly, pipes and home systems are thawed. So, while you’re tackling your spring-cleaning list, don’t forget to make these spring tips a part of your routine.
- Drain your water heater.
During the winter sediment can accumulate in your water heater. This can cause corrosion and reduce the efficiency of your heater and shortens its lifetime. To avoid this, remove the sediment by draining a few gallons of water from the heater. Also check the water heater temperature setting – it should be about 120 F. This will make the water warm enough for showers, washing hands, and laundry. You’ll also save on your energy bill!
- Check your toilet for leaks.
Here is an easy one for you! To check for a toilet leak, just put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank, wait a few minutes, and see if any of the food coloring has come up. If your toilet water is still clear, then you’re still in the clear. If any color is showing, you’ll need a replacement ASAP!
- Get a jump on your yard work.
Despite popular belief, your yard has everything to do with your home’s water. Make sure your downspouts face away from your home’s foundation and drain in the direction of the street, and be sure that your storm drains are clear so that they can handle large amounts of draining water. While you’re doing this, clear your yard of any debris that could clog a drain and result in a flood.
If you find any problems during your spring plumbing inspection, we are happy to help. Call us at (860) 677-9721 or head to our showroom!