Plumbing Maintenance: Spring Cleaning

Toilet Bowl Spring Cleaning

San Jose Plumbing Repair Company Offers Its Tips

Water heaters and sump pumps rarely make “Spring Cleaning” to-do lists. However, checking these and related plumbing fixtures can prevent water damage and other disasters later. Your plumbing checklist should include:

The Sump Pump: If you have one, pour 3 to 4 buckets of water into your sump pump and watch. If it turns on quickly and pumps out all of the water, your work is done. If there is a delay in the pump turning on, or if the water drainage is sluggish, contact a plumber for a diagnostic appointment.

The Water Heater: Check the thermostat setting. It should be at 120 degrees Fahrenheit for maximum energy efficiency. If your water heater unit is over 15 years old, consider replacing it with a new, more energy efficient model.

The Pipes: Check that water is free-flowing from all indoor and outdoor faucets. Inspect all pipes under sinks and in your basement or crawlspace for leaks.

The Toilet: Use food coloring to determine whether or not you have a leak. Flush the toilet and remove the tank lid. Add a few drops of blue food coloring and wait 20 to 30 minutes. If you find blue coloring in the toilet bowl water, you have a leak and you need a plumbing repair.

The Drains: Address all clogs now to keep the water draining well throughout the summer. Use strainers or other devices to keep them clog-free.

Well-maintained Plumbing Is Always in Season

Gogo Rooter is San Jose’s premier plumbing company. From clogged drains to water heater repair and replacement, we can help you with your “Spring Cleaning” list and tackle other urgent plumbing and gas repair needs. Call us now at (408) 282-7026 to book your appointment with us.