Global pandemic or no, the spring season is upon us here in northern Nevada. With many of us spending more time at home these days, it’s a great opportunity for spring cleaning. And while deep cleaning your carpets and scrubbing the baseboards may come to mind, plumbing likely doesn’t. But it should! Today, River City Plumbing is sharing easy tips to get your plumbing ready for spring.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and your kitchen plumbing is in use multiple times every day. If you’ve noticed any leaks around your faucet or underneath the sink and it’s not something you can address yourself, don’t wait for a minor issue to become a big problem. As an essential business here in Reno, River City Plumbing is happy to help.
This is a good time to run the clean the dishwasher. Bacteria can collect on the blades and in door joints, so add some white vinegar to the soap chamber and run it empty on a hot wash cycle.
In the Bathroom
Leaks are the first thing to address in the bathroom. Carefully check faucets, showers, and toilets. Even the smallest drip-drip-drip from a leaky tub faucet will add up to hundreds of gallons of wasted water. Even in our dry northern Nevada climate, a steady stream of moisture will mean problematic mold and mildew.
If leaks aren’t an issue, take this opportunity to clean your drains. We don’t recommend commercial drain cleaners, which are dangerously corrosive, but we can suggest a DIY remedy for slow drains. Clean your showerheads while you’re at it. Try filling a bag with white vinegar and tying it around the showerhead so it can soak overnight. In the morning, scrub gently with an toothbrush to remove mineral deposits.
A running toilet is an easy-to-miss issue that will take a toll on your water bill. If it occurs to you that this has been a problem for a while, we can help.
Routine Preventative Maintenance
Appliances like your water heater perform best with regular service. If it’s been a few years since your water heater was properly serviced, this is a good time to check it off your list. Regular maintenance is one of the best ways to extend the life of pricey home appliances, and it’ll help you keep a minor issue from snowballing into an expensive headache.