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Spring Cleaning Checklist: Check Your Plumbing

Winterizing your home plumbing system is to prepare it to survive the harsh, winter months. Likewise, de-winterizing is preparing your plumbing system for regular, every day use. As we welcome the new season, now’s the perfect time to de-winterize your home to guarantee safety of its plumbing and fixtures.

See below for ways to include a plumbing check up on your spring cleaning checklist this year to ensure a summer free of hassles:

Check your drains, spouts and gutters – We want April showers to bring May flowers, not damage. Having your drains, downspouts, and gutters blocked can bring water damage, leakage and mold growth! Clean out any leaves or debris that may have settled in your gutters over the winter.

Check your hose bib – leaks are common, especially if the hose has been left on the hose bib throughout the winter. Check your water supply pipe – if it froze during winter months there’s a good chance it has expanded and cracked. This can cause major leaks and should be replaced ASAP!

Have a sump pump? Make sure it’s ready to do some work. Test it by pouring a few buckets of water into the sump pit; it should kick on in a few seconds to allow the flow of water and then turn off automatically. If it doesn’t do this, give us a call!

Be sure to check for leaks in the home, like faucets and your toilet. Repairing even the smallest leak will save you water AND money. See our previous blogs for more details: Leaky Faucet » and Leaky Toilet »

Prevent clogs – Keep filters on each drain to prevent hair, soap, or other debris from causing clogs. Make sure your shower head is clean as well! Hard water mineral deposits left on your shower head eventually will lead to a clog. Try putting some white vinegar in a zip-lock bag and placing it on your shower head. Wrap the bag with a few heavy rubber bands to hold it in place and leave it on for 24 hours to break down the mineral deposits!

Once you’ve successfully given your home a once-over – call one of our experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating to take care of any problems you may find. A specialist will come by, diagnose the plumbing problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises. Give us a call at 719-544-4922!

Common Causes of a Leaky Toilet

#TipsTuesday – Did you know a leaky toilet is one of the most common reasons for water leaks in a home? In honor of National Fix A Leak Week we want to give some tips in spotting these water leaks so you can avoid them:

  1. Worn Washers or Bolts: This is what keeps the tank attached to the bowl and if any of these components falter, water may start leaking on the floor
  2. Corrosion: Impurities in the water, age, chemical reactions, or a combination of these can cause pipes or your toilet assembly to corrode. This is potentially the most physically damaging thing that could happen to your plumbing fixtures and pipes since it happens from within.
  3. Cracked Tank or Bowl: Should this happen to either area, you must replace it immediately. A cracked bowl especially can cause property damage and waste a lot of water.
  4. Improper Float: The float assembly consists of a large plastic ball attached to a long metal rod that floats in the tank of the toilet. When this stops working, you’ll hear the toilet running continuously which can cause it to overflow.
  5. Damaged Feed Line: This is the pipe or tube that supplies water to the toilet once you flush. A leak may develop if the connection becomes loose or worn out over time.

Read more on common reasons for a leaky toilet here ». If you discover you have a leaky toilet, contact your favorite repair expert at Patterson Plumbing and Heating today! A specialist will come by, diagnose the plumbing problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises.

Give us a call at 719-544-4922 to take advantage of our promotion for a FREE comprehensive plumbing inspection and leak search for homeowners.