The cold winter days seemed far away now as the beauty of Spring flourishes all over Australia especially in New South Wales and ACT region.
You may have already checked for broken pipes and other end-of-winter plumbing issues earlier this Spring. However, other plumbing problems could manifest with the advent of the warmer weather. Here are some quick and easy plumbing tips that you can follow for a complete check of your plumbing system at home.
1. Check toilets for hidden leaks.
Add six drops of food colouring to the toilet cistern. If the toilet is leaking, the colour will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes.
2. Pour a bucket of water into infrequently used drains, including floor drains.
This will fill the trap and prevent odours from entering the house. Slow drains should be cleared with an eel or jetter. This ensures that these pipes are ready to carry away water quickly in the event of a flood.
3. Observe if water flows freely in taps and drains.
Obvious signs of clogged drains are foul odours and gurgling sounds.
4. Ensure that all stormwater drain grates have strainers
Strainers prevent leaves and debris from blocking the drain lines.
5. Make sure toilets flush properly.
If you need to hold down the button for a thorough flush or if the water stops from running, you need to replace worn-out cistern parts. They are inexpensive and you will notice a lower water bill.
6. Inspect exposed pipes under sinks and vanities.
Check for signs of leaking and aging. Flexible pipes should be replaced every 5 years.
7. Check taps for drips or leaks.
Make repairs immediately and contact local plumbers in your area for critical leak problems.
8. Inspect the roof and exterior of your home.
Make sure yard drains, gutters, and downspouts are cleaned out, open, and free of debris.
9. Check the temperature setting on the water heater.
Set the temperature no higher than 50 degree Celsius. This will prevent bacteria and reduce energy use.
10. Test the pressure relief-valve in your water tank.
Pull the lever of the valve with the utmost care to observe if the excess water channels through the overflow tube. A properly working valve will control excess water pressure in the tank.
If you find more serious issues while inspecting your home plumbing system, such as a clogged plumbing vent, do not hesitate to call your local plumbing services to quickly fix it. Addressing your small plumbing issues today would help you save money in the long run.
Do you want to conduct a spring inspection of your plumbing system but you are not sure on how to? Our technicians in the Plumbing and Electrical Doctor are well-trained tradesmen in the field. Contact us for more information.