Ready for some spring cleaning? This is the best time of the year to crack open your windows and have a go on all that needs tidying up around your home. Here are some tips to help you get started.
Clean Your Shower Head
After using the same shower head for a couple of years, minerals in water cause build up, leading to covered up holes. The best method to remove build-up is to use white vinegar. Take a plastic bag and pour in enough white vinegar to fully emerge the shower head. Secure it with rubber bands and leave it for a day. Remove the shower head and enjoy the clogged-free shower head.
Water Supply Tabs
One of the painless plumbing upkeeps you can do to make sure the water supply tabs (for sinks, toilets, shower) are turnable. Yes, go to the tabs and turned them on and off a couple of times. Make sure they are not stuck and can be twisted easily. You do not want to face a problem where your toilet is overflowing, and you cannot turn off the water for it. Check up on them every once in a while.
In Lubbock, we experienced low temperatures and even several inches of snow during the winter. Now is the time to check our outdoor faucets for any frozen pipe damage. A quick way to check is to turn on each faucet one by one and place your hand over the opening. If your hand can slow or even stop water flow, you might have a leak. Call a plumber right away to get it looked at, if left untreated it may lead to costly water damage.
Insulate Your Pipes
When the many pipes around your house carry hot/cold water to plumbing fixtures, especially the ones exposed to the elements, will lose heat/cool along the way. Insulating your pipes can help lower heat/cool loss and protect against pipes freezing in cold weather. There are different ways of insulating your pipes, learn more here.
Check That Toilet
It’s one of the most used appliances in our homes, and we seem to forget about it. Check up on your toilet. If the toilet is not flushing properly, look into the internal components. Make sure that the lever, float, fill valve, etc. are working correctly, if not, kits are available to help you replace the needed parts. If you need help, don’t hesitate to call. As well, check for any signs of cracks and water leaks around the base of the toilet. Build up from water can lead to flood damage and mold growth.