Advanced Plumbing Service
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Spring Cleaning for Your Plumbing

Spring is here, and it's time for the annual "Spring Cleaning." Check these areas for problems that could cause severe damage:

Check for leaks everywhere. Leaks can cause wood rot and cost you hundreds on your water bill. Mold often thrives where there are leaks. Call us as soon as possible to repair or assess any possible leaks.

Check your water heater. If your water heater is over 15 years old, replace it. It is wasting energy and could die at any moment. Drain several gallons of water from the heater. This flushes out corrosion and sediment, increasing the life of your heater. Check your manufacturer's specific instructions for this.

Clean your dishwasher. Remove all racks and utensil holders and wipe them down. Put 2 cups of vinegar in the bottom of the washer and turn it on for a cycle to clean grease and grime from drains and lines.

Last, clean your gutters. A clogged gutter can lead to water seeping into the roof or walls, causing leaks, rotting and mold.


Cut Costs with Conservation

According to Water Partners International, over 1 billion people still lack access to clean drinking water, but there are simple things you can do to save water.

  • If you have older, inefficient fixtures, consider upgrading to newer models.
  • Fix leaking faucets and toilets. 

  • Water lawns in the early morning or evening.
  • Use runoff water and downspouts to water shrubs, trees and gardens. 
  • Mulch around trees and shrubs

Call us if you need assistance or more water-saving, money-saving options.

Prevent Water Emergencies

Follow these preventive measures to keep leaks from occurring:

  • Check your plumbing system for leaks. Before you go to bed, turn off everything that uses water. Check your water meter display and write down the exact number of gallons. The next morning, check to see if there is any change.
  • Consider installing a leak sensor. These electronic devices signal an alarm if they detect water
  • While you're away, turn water off. Don't leave dishwashers and washers operating. Consider shutting off the main water valve while on vacation.


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"Plunging into Plumbing Maintenance You Can Do on Your Own" Report

As you may have read in "When You Need a Plumber" in this season's HomeXpert Newsletter, your plumbing system may be telling you it's time for a little TLC.

If you find any problems with your plumbing, you can call us, or you can request the free report, "Plunging into Plumbing Maintenance You Can Do on Your Own," to find out how you can tackle common plumbing problems on your own.

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