Spring has finally sprung here in Kelowna! It’s time for all the fun and frivolity the season has to offer. Before you get too far ahead of yourself, though, make sure you’re able to enjoy it all by heading plumbing disasters off at the pass.
How can you do that? We’re so glad you asked!
Little plumbing issues have a funny way of turning into major disasters while nobody is looking. To prevent this from happening to you, start this spring off by ticking off the items on this spring plumbing checklist.
Test Shut-Off Emergency Valves
There are valves that shut off the water to prevent flooding in the event of a plumbing emergency. The midst of an emergency would be a terrible time to discover that any of those valves has rusted out. At least once a year, test the water supply valves in the house. They should be loose enough for any member of the household to turn them off in an emergency.
Clean the Shower Head
Technically you can do this at any time of year, but there’s something about the spirit of spring cleaning that makes this one a natural fit. You can buy a fancy descaling solution to clean mineral from your shower head, but that bottle of vinegar that’s probably in your kitchen cupboard works just as well. Remove the shower head and allow it to soak overnight in vinegar. You’ll be amazed at the difference in the spray when this is done!
Service the Hot Water Tank
The hot water tank in your house (assuming you don’t have a tank-less hot water system) can always use a little TLC. Spring is a great time to get to things like draining the hot water tank to clear out any build up, and any other hot water tank maintenance you may have been putting off until the weather was warmer.
Check for Toilet Leakage
You can’t always hear a running toilet, but it wastes water and costs a ton of money anyway. An easy way to see if your toilet is running is to put a couple of drops of food colouring in the tank. If it ends up changing the colour of the water in the bowl, it’s time to replace the seals.
Need a Kelowna plumber to help with any problems uncovered while going through this list? Give us a call at (250) 681-0089 for fast, professional service.