Now that Daylights Savings Time has come and gone there is an extra hour of sunlight each day. This extra hour gives us extra time for getting spring cleaning projects done, going on a bike ride after work, or just sitting at the park reading – unless you forgot to set your clocks forward!
Two times each year we have to remember to change the time on our clocks – falling forward and springing back. Since you already have to remember these big changes each year, why not schedule some plumbing maintenance on these days too? To ensure that you are keeping up with the maintenance of your plumbing system – use Daylight’s Savings Time as the day that you have a professional plumber come out and do a check-up.
Here are some parts of your plumbing system that could use bi-annual maintenance:
Drains. Have your drains camera inspected and cleaned at least once per year. This will ensure that any build-up from grease, soap, hair, and food is cleared before it can turn into a clog.
Water Heater. Have your water heater flushed annually to remove any built up sediment. The sediment acts as a buffer and prevents the water from being heat up efficiently
Sump Pump. Your sump pump is an important piece of equipment for keeping water away from your home. Because it is only used when there are heavy rains and run off it is important to have it checked regularly to make sure it will work the next time you need it
Fixtures. The plumbing fixtures in your home get a lot of use from each member of your household. They can easily develop leaks and should be checked regularly. A leaky plumbing fixture could waste hundreds of gallons of water each year.
Septic System. The septic tank and drain field of your septic system should be checked at least once per year, twice if you have a very large household. Your tank should be pumped every 2 to 3 years.
Maintenance is the key to staying proactive and keeping your plumbing system is top working order. With regular maintenance of the systems listed above, you can avoid any major breakdowns and save yourself a lot of money and stress.