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Tips for Spring from Fox Plumbing & Heating

Spring Flowers from Dan @ FreedigitalphotosSpring Into Spring with Tips and Hints from your Neighborhood Plumbing Professional!
With spring fast approaching, it's time for some good old spring cleaning. And while April showers may bring May flowers, excessive rain will bring plumbing and flooding issues causing sewer repair and drain cleaning. Here are some tips and hints to keep your spring headaches away as the weather warms up in the greater Puget Sound area of Washington. Whether you live in Bellevue, Issaquah, and Sammamish or on Mercer Island, the rain is coming and it is here to stay.

General Tips for Spring!
Drains that aren't used often in the winter should be flushed and cleared of any obvious debris. Flushing is the process of pouring a gallon of water down your drain to check for a number of problems. And if you find that your drain is slow then you’ll probably want to consider running a Snake down it.

Extensa FaucetRemember to check for leaks in your drains and pipes when flushing. A great way to test your waterline is by reading the meter when no water will be used, like before bed. Then you’ll need to check the meter again, first thing in the morning. If there is a leak, the numbers will have gone up, and it's time to seek repairs or replacement of your waterline from your neighborhood plumbing professionals at Fox Plumbing & Heating.

It’s time to get your sump pump up and running! It’s better to be sure that you sump pump is working properly before an emergency occurs. Especially if your home has had a sewer backup or any drain lines leaking or draining slowly

Tips for the Kitchen, Bath, and Laundry!
Check all the faucets and drains in your home for drips and leaks. This includes a thorough review of the pipes under your cabinets.

Toilt_160x240Toilets, over time, will eventually have leaks. You can test your toilet by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and waiting an hour. When you come back, if you find food coloring in the bowl it means that you have a leak. While checking the bowl for cracks or leaks, you should test all of the working parts of the toilet, including: the flapper, trip lever, the emergency shut-off valve, and the fill valve. And also check the seal of the tank to the bowl and the sealing along the floor. Don’t worry if you have any questions about these plumbing terms then check out the plumbing glossary from our friends in Georgia.

Testing all of the hoses on all of your appliances that connect to your water is the best thing to ensure you haven’t had any winter leaks. These hoses include: the washing machine, fridge, faucets, and dishwasher. If these hoses haven't been replaced in the last 10 years, then you or your neighborhood plumbing professional will need to replace them with the newer braided stainless steel hoses.

Basement and Outdoors
Flushing your water heater will help you to check for leaks and drips, and to clear the water heater of any sludge in the tank. To do this, you’ll first need to adjust the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. To learn more about how to flush your water heater, check out our link to our previous blog about this exact topic. This process will remove any corrosion and keep your water heater working for years to come.

Run water through your gutters, check your rain guards, and clear your downspouts of debris that may have collected over the winter. This will make the rainy season much more manageable, and possibly prevent water seepage into your basement or crawlspace.

If you have a hose connected to your home, check the spigot to make sure that the cold weather hasn't caused the connecting pipe to burst.  With freezing weather the pipe might not burst on the outside at the spigot but inside the outer wall. The leaking won’t be seen until it has done huge damages to your house. And make sure to always disconnect all of your outside hoses from the hose bib before winter.

Fox Plumbing & Heating has provided complete plumbing, heating and air conditioning services in Seattle, Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish, Mercer Island, Kent, Federal Way, Auburn, and all of King County for 50 Years. To find out how we can help get you ready for spring, contact us @ (206)-654-4990 24/7.

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