Add The Plumbing System To Your Spring Cleaning To-Do List

Have you begun working to put together your spring to-do list yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Winter only lasts a few short months – even though it can feel so much longer – and spring will be here before you know it. One thing that many homeowners neglect to clean is the home's plumbing system. Here, you'll find a few things to add to your spring cleaning to-do list to include your home's plumbing system.

Clean the Drains

When's the last time your drains have been cleaned? So many people don't even think about drain cleaning until the water is backing up in every drain in the house. If you include the drains in your spring cleaning routine each year, you will have much less to worry about when it comes to the drains backing up or slowing.

To clean the drains yourself:

Pour a half-cup of baking soda down in the drain. Add a cup or so of peroxide. When the two mix, they will cause a reaction that breaks up the slimy stuff that's building up inside the drain. Give the mixture a half hour to work and then run hot water down the drain to rinse the residue away and free up any remaining clogs.

Cleaning the drains will do three things – ensures that they don't become clogged, makes sure that there's enough water in all of the p-traps and keeps odors from rising out of the drains.

If it's been quite a while since the drains have been cleaned, you'll probably want to have them cleaned professionally this year. When they're neglected for years, the amount of stuff that coats the inside of the pipes can be more than the baking soda and peroxide can handle.

Test the Pressure

Adequate water pressure is needed for more than just an enjoyable shower – if the water pressure in your home is too low, the appliances that use water will not function as they should.

To test the pressure, you will need to go outside to an outlet and screw a water pressure gauge onto it. Open the fixture fully and get your reading. The average home should have a water pressure ranging around 80 psi. If your water pressure isn't high enough, contact a plumber to assist you in finding the cause and improving the pressure.

If you start thinking about the spring cleaning that needs to be done now, you'll have a good idea of how much you'll need to do to keep your home operating and looking great. Contact a plumbing service for more help.