Top 10 Spring Plumbing Tips

1. Check toilets for hidden leaks. Add six drops of food coloring to the toilet Cistern. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes

2. Pour a bucket of water into infrequently used drains (including floor drains) to fill the trap and prevent odors from entering the house. Slow drains should be cleared with an eel or jetter to ensure they will carry away water quickly in the event of a flood.

3.Check Taps and drains to make sure water flows freely.

4. Ensure that all storm water drain grates have strainers to prevent leaves and debris from blocking the drain lines.

5. Make sure toilets flush properly. If the Button must be held down for a thorough flush or jiggled to stop the water from running you may need to replace worn cistern parts. They’re inexpensive and you’ll notice a lower water bill.

6. Check exposed pipes under sinks and vanities for signs of leaks and aging, flexible pipes should be replaced every 5 years

7. Check Taps for drips or leaks. Make repairs to save water.

8. Make sure yard drains, gutters and downspouts are cleaned out, open, and free of debris.

9. Check the temperature setting on the water heater. It should be set no lower than, this will prevent bacteria and reduce energy use.

10. Carefully pull the relief valve on your water heater, this will ensure it is working correctly and not building excess pressure.

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