DIY Spring Plumbing Maintenance for Your Kitchen & Bath

It’s not by accident that people get the urge to clean when springtime rolls around. After being cooped up indoors all winter this is when we open the windows and let the fresh air blow through. For your home, a thorough cleaning is a fresh start and with cleaning comes fixing those little things you may have just put up with all winter long. Plumbing maintenance is needed in the kitchens and bathrooms as they are the rooms that get the most use and traffic of anywhere in your home. So, it’s no wonder that when things go wrong these are the locations.
 
Keep up with the small fixes mentioned below and you won’t need to call in the professionals, like Stan the Plumber. But should you fall behind, or have no desire to do your own plumbing maintenance, Stan takes pride in his service response time. Just give him a all.
 
DIY Spring Plumbing Maintenance for Your Kitchen

Kitchens

Check for drips from the faucet and handles. Replace washers if needed. If you’re unable to stop the leak, call Stan at 802-233-5564.
 
Make sure your kitchen sink has a strainer in place to prevent debris from going down the drain.
 
Look under the sink for leaks from the pipe joints or drains.
 
Turn water supply valves on and off beneath the sink to prevent them from freezing in place.
 
Check the dishwasher, ice maker and washing machine supply hoses for leaks or bulges. Replace every 10 years or if showing signs of weakness. Consider using stainless steel hoses which are more reliable and less prone to bursting.
 
To eliminate odors from a garbage disposal, grind ice cubes and lemon peels in the disposal for about 30 seconds.
 
DIY Spring Plumbing Maintenance for Your Bath

Bathrooms

Check for drips from the faucet and handles. Replace washers if needed. If you’re unable to stop the dripping, call Stan at 802-233-5564.
 
Check to be sure the sink plunger seals the drain completely and doesn’t leak.
 
Look on the floor beneath the toilet tank and in front of the bowl to be sure there is no water accumulating. This would indicate there’s a leak.
 
Inspect the toilet bowl and tank for cracks or leaks. If cracks are found, call Stan at 802-233-5564 to replace the toilet.
 
Make sure the toilet flushes properly the first time. If the handle must be jiggled to stop the water from running or held down for a thorough flush you may need to replace worn tank parts.
 
Be sure the shower drain has a strainer in place. Occasionally remove it to pull out any hair or other items that may clog up the drain.
 
Clean the shower head by removing it and soaking in vinegar. Soak overnight then and gently scrub before replacing. This will remove accumulated mineral deposits.
 
To find slow water leaks in your home take a reading on your water meter before bedtime. The next morning, without using any water overnight, take another reading. If the reading has changed you have a leak that should be located and repaired.