Keeping up with home maintenance tasks can feel overwhelming. From plumbing and HVAC to your kitchen appliances, keeping everything clean and functioning can occupy a lot of your time. A good way to make home maintenance more approachable is to break it down based on the season. Early spring, for instance, is the perfect time to focus on your plumbing. Here are three plumbing-related tasks to tackle this spring.
Check your hose bibs.
If water froze in your hose bib over the winter, it may have caused it to crack. You don't want to find out about the cracks the first time you try to water your lawn this summer, so take a moment to check your hose bib now. Look for any cracks, and if you do not see any, connect a hose and turn it on to make sure there are no little cracks you couldn't spot with the naked eye. If you do have cracks in your hose bib, make plans for a plumber to come replace it before summer hits.
Clean mineral deposits off your faucets.
Mineral deposits start off just looking unappealing, but as they grow larger, they can start to slow the flow of water from your faucet. As a part of your spring-cleaning routine, fill a baggie with vinegar and baking soda, and rubber-band it around your faucet. Let it sit overnight, and then remove it. The mineral deposits will have dissolved, allowing the water to flow more freely from your faucets.
Check for toilet leaks.
External toilet leaks are hard to miss since they result in water on the floor. But internal leaks—in which the water leaks from the tank into the bowl—often go undetected for months or years. These leaks don't make a mess, but they do drive up your water bill.
Test your toilet for internal leaks this spring. Place a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Wait about an hour—don't flush the toilet in the meantime. If there's colored water in the bowl, you have a leak. Your plumber can repair the leak and may recommend replacing the entire toilet if it's on the older side.
In addition to the tasks above, take a moment to pay attention to any slow drains or odors coming from your drains. If you do notice these symptoms, you may want to schedule a drain cleaning session before you end up with a completely blocked drain. Contact a plumber at a company like Marcum Plumbing Services, Inc. for more advice.