Springtime Plumbing Tips

By April 15, 2015 September 15th, 2015 DIY Plumbing Tips

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Let the spring cleaning continue! Beyond fixing household leaks, there’s more you can do to make sure your home plumbing is in good shape for April showers. We’ve put together some springtime plumbing tips to help you check for any damages or clogs that may have occurred over the winter and prepare your home’s piping and drainage systems for the coming rains.

Outdoor Springtime Plumbing Tips

Harsh winter conditions are common in St. Louis, and freezing temperatures can often lead to cracked pipes. If a household leak appears after the first time you turn on your hose in the spring, it’s a good indication that a pipe has frozen and cracked over the winter and needs to be replaced. It’s also a good idea to clean out your gutters in the spring (a gutter shovel might come in handy). Clear all yard drains and downspouts of any debris such as leaves, sticks, and bird nests. This is an important chore to help prepare for heavy rains and prevent flooding.

Indoor Springtime Plumbing Tips

Clogs can build up inside the home as well. Here are some quick springtime plumbing tips for dealing with pipe, drain, and faucet upkeep around the house:

  • Unclog sink and tub drains by pulling out the pop-up plug and cleaning out any blockage
    • For bathroom sinks, also remember to clean out the little overflow hole
  • Soak shower heads in vinegar for 24 hours to unclog mineral deposits
  • Cover drains with screens or strainers to prevent buildup of hair, soap, and debris
  • Drain several gallons from your water heater tank to flush out sediment
  • Pour a bucket of water into infrequently used drains (such as floor drains) to prevent bad odors
  • Install a back-flow valve in your basement floor drain if you’re worried about sewer backups
  • Turn water supply valves (such as under sinks) on and off a few times to prevent sticking

Tips for Replacing Old Pipes and Appliances

When you’re checking household pipes for cracks and clogs, you should also be on the lookout for corrosion of old pipes. Any corroded pipes should be replaced right away. We also recommend replacing your water heater if it’s more than 15 years old. If you’re considering buying a new water heater, make sure you’re aware of the new energy standards going into effect this month.

If you don’t feel up to tackling these springtime plumbing chores on your own, or if you have any questions about leaks, clogs, or water heaters, call (314) 965-9377 or email info@tonylamartinaplumbing.com. We’re here to help!