April showers bring May flowers, which means it is time for “spring cleaning.” Plumbing services in Fort Collins offer these tips to protect your home against plumbing problems.

  • Kitchens/Bathrooms
    • Check faucets for drips or leaks. Make repairs to save water.
    • Ensure that all drains have strainers to prevent hair, soap, and debris from clogging drain lines.
    • Check toilets for hidden leaks. Add six drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the toilet is leaking, the color will appear in the bowl within thirty minutes.
    • Inspect tank and bowl for cracks or leaks.
    • Turn water supply valves on and off to prevent them from sticking.
    • Make sure toilets flush properly. If the handle must be held down for a thorough flush you may need to replace inexpensive worn tank parts.
    • Clean mineral deposits from your shower head. Unscrew it and soak it in vinegar overnight and gently scrub it with an old toothbrush.
  • Appliances
    • Check the temperature setting on your hot water heater. It should be set to no higher than 120 degrees to prevent scalding and reduce energy use.
    • Carefully drain several gallons of water out of your hot water heater to flush out corrosion causing sediment which reduces heating efficiency.
    • Consider replacing a water heater that is more than fifteen years old.
    • Make sure flammables are not stored near the hot water heater or furnace.
    • Check dishwasher, washing machine, and automatic ice maker hoses for leaks.
    • Clean out washing machine lint trap.

These are just a few things you can do around the house to keep it running smoothly!