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Spring Housing Tips

April showers bring May flowers and the onset of spring, which means it’s time for “spring cleaning.” Wes Plumbing offers maintenance tips to protect your home against plumbing problems.

  • Check faucets for drips or leaks. Make repairs to save water.
  • Check toilets for hidden leaks. Add six drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes.
  • Ensure that all drains have strainers to prevent hair, soap and debris from clogging the drain lines.
  • Inspect tank and bowl for cracks or leaks.
  • Make sure toilets flush properly. If the handle must be held down for a thorough flush or jiggled to stop the water from running you may need to replace worn tank parts. They’re inexpensive and you’ll notice a lower water bill.
  • Check the temperature setting on the water heater. It should be set no higher than 120°F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use.
  • Carefully drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out corrosion causing sediment, which reduces heating efficiency and shortens the life of the heater.
  • Consider replacing a water heater more than 15 years old. (The first four numbers of the serial number represent the month and year it was made.) Newer water heaters are more energy efficient.
  • Pour a gallon of water into infrequently used drains (including floor drains) to fill the trap and prevent odors from entering the house. Slow floor drains should be snaked to ensure they will carry away water quickly in the event of a flood.
  • Check exposed pipes under sinks and in the basement for signs of leaks.
  • If your home has a sump pump, make sure it operates properly by pouring a few buckets of water into the sump pit. The pump should quickly turn on, discharge the water then shut off without any problems.
  • Install a backflow valve in the floor drain if you live in an area where sewers sometimes back up into homes. This device will prevent future backups.
  • Make sure yard drains, gutters and downspouts are cleaned out, open, and free of debris.
  • Check for bird nests in plumbing vent pipes.
  • Check faucets and hose bibbs to make sure water flows freely. If an outdoor faucet drips or if there is leakage inside your home the first time the hose is turned on, you may have had a frozen pipe that cracked and needs to be replaced.
  • Test hose bibbs for in the wall leaks by crimping hose and listening for leak in wall.
  • Change air filter first 80 degree day. Check A/C.

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Nottingham, MD 21236

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8612 Saxon Circle
Nottingham, MD 21236

info@wesplumbing.com

M-F: 9am - 6pm
Sat/Sun: Appointments/Emergencies

ACCREDIDATIONS
Master Plumbers/Gas Fitters

State of Maryland  #5922

Harford County  #291

Service Area

Baltimore Plumber ✦ Baltimore City Plumber ✦ Bolton Hill Plumber ✦ Abingdon Plumber ✦ Joppatown Plumber ✦ Perry Hall Plumber ✦ White Marsh Plumber ✦ Kingsville Plumber ✦ Bel Air Plumber ✦ Fallston Plumber ✦ Rosedale Plumber ✦ Essex Plumber ✦ Middle River Plumber ✦ Dundalk Plumber ✦ Canton Plumber ✦ Parkville Plumber ✦ Towson Plumber ✦ Timonium Plumber ✦ Lutherville Plumber ✦ Cockeysville Plumber ✦ Hunt Valley Plumber ✦ Sparks Plumber ✦ Pikesville Plumber ✦ Mt. Washington Plumber ✦ Rodgers Forge Plumber ✦ Stoneleigh Plumber ✦ and all other areas in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Harford County

They're always on time and show up in uniform with a smile on their face. A true pleasure to work on my house. Great value A+++ highly recommended.

Javier P.

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