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Spring Plumbing Checklist

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Spring is officially here! It's time to get the house back in order with some deep cleaning and general maintenance. Including a thorough examination of your home's plumbing system can help resolve any current or potential issues. Review these quick plumbing tips and protect your belongings by practicing prevention.


Indoor Plumbing Checklist

  • Check all faucets and exposed pipes for any drips or leaks (or signs of leaks), especially in less-trafficked parts of the house
    • Tip: Take a reading on your water meter before bed - if it changes overnight without any water usage, you may have a slow leak
  • Inspect toilets for leaks or cracks in the tank or bowl
    • Tip: Add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank - if you see colored water in the bowl, you have a leak in your toilet tank
  • Ensure toilets flush properly - if the handle needs to be held down or jiggled, you may need to replace tank parts
  • Open and close water supply valves for sinks and toilets to keep them moving freely
  • Clean deposits from shower head
    • Tip: Remove and soak in vinegar (or fill a plastic bag, place over the head, and hold in place with a rubber band or tie) overnight then scrub with a toothbrush
  • Carefully flush your water heater tank to remove any accumulated sediment that causes corrosion
  • Check the temperature on your water heater (should be set to 120°F max to prevent scalding and improve efficiency)
  • Review your water heater's manual (or the manufacturer's website) for instructions specific to your make and model
  • Consider replacing a water heater that's older than 12 years (average age is 8-12 years, plus newer water heaters are more energy efficient)
  • Remove any flammables stored adjacent to the water heater or furnace
  • Clean your dishwasher’s drain and remove any blockage in the sprayer arm(s)
  • Check dishwasher, washing machine, and ice maker supply hoses and replace if any bulges or leaks are evident
  • Clean washing machine lint trap (if applicable) and place a wire trap over the drain hose
  • Make sure all drains have strainers to keep hair and large objects from clogging lines
  • Dump water into rarely used drains (sinks and floors) to keep odors out
    • Snake slow floor drains so they carry away water quickly if flooding occurs
  • Prevent sewage backups by installing a backflow valve in your floor drains
  • Test your sump pump by dumping a few buckets of water into the pit and seeing if it activates and removes the water
  • Install flood alarms to alert you of potential flooding (like a smoke alarm)


Outdoor Plumbing Checklist

  • Inspect hoses and faucets to make sure water flows
    • A dripping outdoor faucet or leakage inside your home when the faucet is first turned on could indicate a frozen pipe that cracked
  • Check garden hoses for cracks or splits before connecting to outdoor faucets
  • Flush your sprinkler system and check the heads and lines for leaks - especially if they weren't blown out before winter
  • Ensure your yard drains properly
    • Clean and remove debris from gutters and downspouts and check for damage
  • Clean patio drains and make sure water drains properly
  • Check plumbing vent pipes for animal nests 
  • Remove any temporary insulation applied for the winter (pipe jackets, faucet covers, etc)


Find peace of mind this spring and have a professional inspect your plumbing. Make sure your system is optimized for maximum efficiency and identify signs of trouble before they break the bank with expensive repairs.

Call Raby Plumbing today! (918) 224-6471


Resources found on our website are provided as general guidelines, and Raby Plumbing does not assume any liability resulting from the provided information.

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