It’s that time of the year again! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and spring is in the air. As we wave goodbye to winter and welcome the new season, we tend to approach life with more energy and optimism. For most of us a lot of this newfound energy will be used for cleaning and organizing. While doing your spring cleaning, don’t forget about the fixtures that keep your home in working order. Here’s a few ways to clean and maintain your plumbing system:

Check Your Pipes

Take a look at the pipes both inside and outside of your home to make sure that none of them are dripping or leaking

Clean Your Drains

Even if the drain does not appear to be clogged, cleaning it will prevent a clog from forming. Try using a bacterial drain cleaner to clear any debris. A mesh strainer is also a good idea to keep clogs from forming.

Clean Mineral Buildup

Faucets and shower heads can accumulate buildup over time. A good way to clean them is with vinegar or a calcium removing solution.

Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal sees a lot on a daily basis, which is why it’s so important to take care of. To properly clean your disposal; throw in some ice cubes and lemons (without the rind) and let it run for a minute or so with the water turned off. Not only does this clear debris, it also leaves a refreshing citrus scent.

Check Your Water Heater

Make sure there are no leaks and that the temperature is set to no higher than 120 degrees. This is also a good time to have your water heater flushed in order to prevent sediment buildup

If you have any questions or concerns about your fixtures or plumbing system, please feel free to call.