Spring Cleaning for Your Plumbing

Spring is finally here, and that means opening your windows for some fresh air and getting your vacuum out. It is time for spring cleaning! This may mean finally cleaning out that cupboard you’ve been putting off doing all winter or shaking out rugs on the back porch. While many people think of spring cleaning as mopping or cleaning out closets, less often considered is spring cleaning for their plumbing. However, attending to plumbing in the spring can save you a lot of trouble later. Here are some tips:

Inspect Your Gutters

Your gutters may have a buildup of leaves and dirt acquired over the winter, and this should be removed to ensure that there is no flooding inside the house during a rainstorm. The downspouts and vent pipes should be cleared out so that the whole system operates effectively and efficiently.

Clear Out Drains

Another important thing to consider when spring cleaning your plumbing is to make sure water is flowing easily through your drains, including those in your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. For sinks, using a drain cleaner will clear away any debris that may have built up over the winter. We recommend that you use a biological drain cleaner, as harsh chemical ones can eat through your pipes, causing cracks and leaks. As an extra precaution, you may want to take the time to use a drain snake to make sure those pipes are free of blockage.

Clean Those Shower heads

Shower heads acquire mineral buildup over time, making them less effective. Perhaps even worse, the showerhead can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Many people, however, don’t think about cleaning their showerheads. Spring is a perfect time to take up such a task. Using specialized cleaners or even vinegar can help you with this undertaking. You may have to grab an old toothbrush and do some scrubbing, but the results will be worth it. 

While those are three simple things you can do for your plumbing, it is also important to inspect every part of your plumbing system for wear and tear. If you have any plumbing maintenance or repair needs, contact Rivers Inc. for all your plumbing needs. 

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