Spring Plumbing Inspection Tips
When spring hits, we all start cleaning. But in addition to scrubbing and organizing your home, you should have your roof should be inspected inspect your plumbing. Here are a few spring plumbing inspection tips to help you get started:
Check for a Leaky Toilet
In some cases, it's obvious your toilet is leaking. Your bathroom floor is flooded, and you see a crack in your toilet. But, in most cases, your toilet leaks from the inside, which can be difficult to notice. The easiest way to check for a leak is to add a few drops of food coloring to the water in the tank of your toilet. Don't use the toilet during this period of time. Wait about 30 minutes and look in the bowl. If the dyed water moved from the tank to the bowl, you have a leak. A plumber should be called out to determine where the leak is and whether it can be repaired or whether your toilet needs to be replaced.
Inspect Your Sump Pump
It's also important to inspect your sump pump, especially during the rainy season of spring. Pour a bucket of water in the tank of your sump pump and then turn it on. The water should drain. If the water doesn't drain quickly, or you notice leaks, your sump pump is not working as it should. You should hire a plumber to fix the problem immediately to ensure your basement doesn't flood when it starts to rain.
Look for Leaks Under Sinks
Lastly, look under your sinks for signs of leaks. Many start out small and may only drip a few drops of water at a time. As such, you might not notice a leak unless you're specifically looking for it. Leaks can be damaging to not only pipes but the cabinet that houses the pipe. It can cause mold and mildew growth, as well as increase your water bill. If you notice signs of water damage on your cabinet or signs of leaking from the pipe, call in a plumber to repair the leaky pipe.
Inspecting your plumbing is something that you may be able to do on your own. Unfortunately, repairing it yourself can prove to be much more challenging. Call Amanda Plumbing Sewer & Drain today if your plumbing is out of shape and let us fix it for you.