As you are spring cleaning your home this year, there is one part of your home that you probably haven’t given any thought to cleaning – the plumbing system. Wiping down the walls, cleaning the carpets and organizing your closets are all important to maintaining your home, but cleaning your plumbing system is even more so. Here, you will learn how to take care of the plumbing system that you rely on each day to serve your home with the water and waste removal needed.
Your drains need attention long before they get clogged up and cause emergency plumbing problems. Instead of waiting for the day that the sinks won’t drain and the sewage begins backing up into your showers, add the drain cleaning to your spring cleaning routine.
Natural drain cleaning solutions can be made using nothing more than baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Pour some baking soda down each drain and then add some hydrogen peroxide. As the two substances meet, they will cause a reaction that will clean the grease, hairballs and other debris in the drain. After fifteen or twenty minutes have passed, run some hot water down the drains to rinse the residue away.
Flushing the Hot Water Tank
Flushing your hot water tank will help to extend its life and maintain the volume of hot water that you are accustomed to.
To flush the hot water tank, connect a hose to the valve at the base of the unit. Run the hose outside away from your house where it can drain without running into the foundation. Turn off the water intake and open the drain valve and let the water drain out of the tank. When the water stops coming out of the hose, return to the inlet valve and turn it back on. Let the water run for a bit to wash the sediment out of the bottom of the tank.
Close the drain valve and let the tank refill. Give it some time to heat the water up and you are good to go.
Releasing Trapped Air
Over time, air will become trapped in your water pipes. When this happens, the inside of the pipes can begin to corrode and you could begin to hear the hammer noise when you turn water on inside the home.
To eliminate this problem, release the trapped air from the water lines each year. Do this by turning off the water main and opening the valve at the lowest point of your home. Let the water run for twenty minutes or so or until it stops coming out of the fixture. Go to the rest of the fixtures in the home and turn them on.
Return to the water main and restore water flow to the home. Go around and close the fixtures ending with the one that you had started with.
If you don’t feel confident in your ability to perform these basic plumbing tasks, contact your local plumber for assistance, such as those at Langley Plumbing. He or she will be able to give your system a spring cleaning and keep you going for the next year.