Can you feel it? That warm sunny feeling in the air, the thought of balmy evenings on your balcony with your favourite beverage … yes, it’s spring (cleaning) time.
We are starting to see some much warmer temperatures lately and, while winter might not quite be done with us yet, it’s a great time to start planning your spring cleaning plumbing checks to help lessen damage if we do get hit by one of those famous Sydney storms.
Give your gutters a clean
Your gutters can collect an incredible amount of sticks, leaves, dirt and other debris at all times during the year but more so during Autumn and Winter with the dropping of leaves, so it’s a great time to get up and clear them out to prevent potential blockages. Be careful if you are using a ladder to get up on your roof, and if you can’t get to your gutters yourself give us a call to book an inspection and/or clean.
Flush your pipes
The easiest, cheapest and most eco-friendly way to help maintain a smooth flow through your pipes is by using vinegar to dissolve any clogs that are forming. Pour half a bottle down your kitchen, laundry or bathroom/shower sink, leave it to sit for 10 or so minutes and then flush the drain with hot water.
Baking soda is also another great household tool to use if you’d like to get rid of an unpleasant smell, just pop a cup of it down the drain and leave it to sit for a little longer (maybe 20 minutes) before flushing with hot water again.
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Carrying out a leak check at home is another easy check that homeowners can do to potentially a larger issue. To check for leaks make sure that all taps and sources of running water are isolated (switched off). Once this is done, head outside to your water meter. If there is any kind of movement on the gauge and you are absolutely sure you have turned off all the water, it’s likely you have a leak.
Another pro-active check you can do is looking for wet patches on your property. If you do find one that isn’t draining away then it’s possible that a broken or burst pipe is the cause, so it’s a good idea to get your plumber onto it straight away.
Hot water systems
If your hot water system is old and needs replacing, spring and/or summer is the best time to get it replaced. Why? There is less demand for your plumbers time during the warmer months and it’s much better to go without hot water for a day or two in summer!
We work with a range of hot water suppliers and will happily recommend the most cost-effective and efficient solution to replace your current system.
If you have any questions about these spring cleaning tips or need to book a job in, give us a call today on 0456 575 424.