When most people think of spring cleaning, squeaky clean windows and freshly steamed carpets come to mind. Scrubbing, dusting, vacuuming and painting are all part of getting your house and in tip-top shape.
Yet, despite all the sweeping and scrubbing, there are still some things that get overlooked.
Below are five less-than-obvious areas that sometimes gets left behind when spring cleaning your home.
Water lines/drain pipes
It’s hard to remember to clean water lines and pipes when “out of sight, out of mind” rings true for the in-the-wall and under-the-sink water transports.
Giving your plumbing a little regular attention can prolong its life, prevent leaks, and avoid costly repairs.
Here are a few tips to remember when cleaning water lines and pipes:
- Avoid chemical drain-clearing products. They can erode all types of drain pipes.
- Prevent future clogging. Monitor what goes down the drain.
- Reduce high water pressure. It can put stress on your pipes.
- Soften the water. High mineral content can shorten your plumbing’s lifespan.
- Keep your drain lines clean. Hire a plumber to inspect the inside of your drain lines. Regular cleaning and jetting them out to avoid sludge backup in your pipes will help go a long way.
Over time, sediment builds up at the bottom of your water heater. You can save on energy costs and future flooding by flushing out your water heater once or twice a year. Since water heaters can be volatile and dangerous, it is best to hire a plumber for this service.
Try adjusting your thermostat to 120 degrees and annually test the temperature-pressure relief valve. Put it on your calendar every year and adjust the thermostat to “vacation” setting when leaving town.
Back of toilet plumbing
There’s nothing worse than a clogged toilet. Here are some tips to help prevent plumbing problems in the bathroom.
- Inspect tank and bowl for cracks or leaks
Test to be sure your water supply valve under the sink and toilet is working properly in case of an emergency
- Make sure toilets flush properly
Check to be sure when the toilet is flushed that the water in the bowl clears the entire bowl. It’s also good to clean under the rim.
Checking for leaks and repairs saves you water, not to mention reducing the potential damage and expense of a flood. Taking precautions now means avoiding potential problems in the future.
Drains in tub and shower
You know it’s time to clean out the drains when you are up to your ankles in water while taking a shower.
Clogged shower drains can wreak havoc on your floors and create leaks that can drip, creating mold.
Nobody likes icky mold or leaks. One way to spring clean your tub and shower drains with vinegar and baking soda. First, place a half cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar. Let it fizzle for about 10 to 15 minutes, then pour four cups of boiling water down the drain.
Whole house filtration systems eliminate contaminants from your water using a filter connected to your water line. All the water coming into your house will go through the filter before being directed to the toilets, appliances and faucets in the house.
With so much water going through your filter into your home, it’s imperative to maintain your water filter. This ensures you are still receiving clean water.
There are many water filter systems available. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for how best to maintain your chosen system.
Keeping these five areas in mind while you spring clean will save you money and stress in the long run. Your house will be tidy in all ways, and with proper maintenance, stay that way for years to come.
While most spring cleaning tasks require some time and elbow grease, sometimes you just need to bring in a professional. When that happens, call a reliable professional and avoid cleaning up even a bigger mess in the long run.
Linda Stanfield has been offering plumbing services across the Valley for 31 years. She is the only plumber in the state to have won the BBB Ethics Award three times. As a plumbing leader in the valley, she can also be found on TV and YouTube sharing and helping consumers with their plumbing needs.
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