As the cold grip of winter loosens and spring blooms across Australia, particularly in the New South Wales and ACT region, it’s time to shift our attention from winterization to spring plumbing maintenance. While you may have already tackled end-of-winter plumbing issues, the arrival of warmer weather can bring about new plumbing challenges. Here are some valuable and straightforward plumbing tips to ensure your home’s plumbing system is in excellent shape for the season ahead.
1. Uncover Hidden Toilet Leaks
To detect subtle leaks, try this simple test: introduce six drops of food colouring into the toilet cistern. If there’s a leak, you’ll notice the colour seeping into the bowl within 30 minutes. Swift identification can save you from wasted water and escalating issues.
2. Rejuvenate Infrequently Used Drains
For drains that don’t see frequent use, such as floor drains, pour a bucket of water down them. This action replenishes the drain trap, which not only prevents foul odours but also helps in maintaining efficient drainage. Address slow drains promptly, utilizing tools like an eel or jetter to ensure optimal water flow in case of emergencies.
3. Ensure Unobstructed Water Flow
Run water through taps and drains to verify unrestricted flow. Gurgling sounds and unpleasant odours often signal clogged drains. Swift action can prevent these issues from worsening and save you from more extensive repairs later on.
4. Shield Stormwater Drain Grates
Prevent leaves and debris from clogging your drain lines by fitting all stormwater drain grates with strainers. This proactive step helps maintain unobstructed water flow during spring rains.
5. Optimize Toilet Performance
A well-functioning toilet saves water and minimizes inconveniences. If you find yourself having to hold down the flush button or if the water stops prematurely, consider replacing worn-out cistern parts. This small investment can lead to reduced water bills and a smoother flushing experience.
6. Evaluate Exposed Pipes Under Sinks
Inspect the pipes beneath sinks and vanities for any signs of leakage or wear. Particularly, flexible pipes should be replaced approximately every five years to avert potential issues.
7. Banish Drips and Leaks from Taps
Address any dripping or leaking taps immediately. Timely repairs can prevent further damage and potential water wastage. Reach out to local plumbers for assistance with more significant leak problems.
8. Survey Your Home's Exterior
Give your home’s exterior a thorough once-over. Ensure yard drains, gutters, and downspouts are clear of debris, allowing water to flow freely and minimizing the risk of water damage.
9. Regulate Water Heater Temperature
For energy efficiency and safety, set your water heater’s temperature to no higher than 50 degrees Celsius. This adjustment not only curbs energy use but also prevents the growth of bacteria.
10. Validate Water Tank Pressure Relief-Valve
Gently pull the lever of your water tank’s pressure relief valve to check if excess water channels through the overflow tube. A properly functioning valve regulates water pressure and safeguards your tank from potential damage.
In the event of more complex plumbing issues, such as a clogged plumbing vent, don’t hesitate to engage local plumbing professionals to swiftly address them. By attending to minor plumbing matters now, you’ll not only save money in the long run but also ensure a hassle-free spring season. If you’re uncertain about conducting a spring plumbing inspection, our skilled technicians at the Plumbing and Electrical Doctor are here to assist.
Contact us today for expert guidance and solutions to your plumbing concerns.
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