If you're ready for winter to be over, you're probably looking forward to the warm weather. You're probably also beginning to think about all the things you need to take care of as soon as spring arrives. While things like giving your home a deep cleaning and clearing away the debris that's built up in your yard over the winter are important tasks, there's one task you might have forgotten about. That's the task of making sure your plumbing is ready for the return of warm weather. If you haven't given your plumbing much thought yet, it's time to get started on that. Here are three simple steps you can take that will help you avoid some serious plumbing problems come spring.
Start With the Little Things
When it comes to getting your plumbing ready for spring, you don't need to start with the big things. In fact, it's a good idea to start getting your plumbing ready for spring by focusing on the little things. The first thing you want to do is make sure you've cleaned the filters on your drains. If you don't have filters, install those as soon as you can. The filters will keep hair and other debris out of your drains. The next thing you'll want to do is clean the hard water deposits on your faucet aerators. You can do that by soaking them in vinegar for a few hours. You can either remove them from the faucets and soak them in a bowl of vinegar, or you can attach a bag filled with vinegar to each of your faucets and shower heads. If you've got faucets that are caked with hard water deposits, you should talk to your plumber about replacing them.
Give the Toilets a Flush
If you haven't been paying much attention to your toilets, you should take a few minutes to do that right now. Give each of your toilets a flush and see how long they take to stop running. If they're still running after a few minutes, your flushing mechanisms could be wearing out. It's also a good idea to check the area around the base of your toilet. If you see water on the ground, your wax ring has failed. Now's the time to have your plumber come out and take care of the repairs to your toilet. Having the flushing mechanisms and the wax rings replaced will help you avoid floods when your toilets fail.
Replace the Hoses on Your Appliances
When you think about appliances and water hoses, you might only think about your washing machine. If that's the case, you're forgetting about your dishwasher and your refrigerator. Unfortunately, if the hoses fail on any of those appliances, you could be facing some serious flood damage in your home, especially if they rupture while you're not at home. To avoid water damage, now's the time to inspect those hoses. Look for signs of aging such as cracks and bulges. You should also check the fittings to make sure they're intact. If your hoses or fittings are damaged, you'll need to have your plumber come out and replace them as soon as possible.