After a long cold winter, many Grand County residents are looking forward to spring. To help get your home ready for the warmer temperatures ahead, Grand Lake Plumbing and Heating has put together a list of tasks that will help ensure your home's plumbing and hot water systems are in good working condition.
Plumbing Maintenance List
- Check faucets for drips or leaks and repair when needed to conserve water.
- Clean mineral deposits from faucets and shower heads. Unscrew them and soak them in vinegar overnight.
- Cycle water supply valves under sinks and toilets to prevent them from sticking.
- Ensure that all drains have strainers to prevent debris from clogging your drain lines.
- Pour about 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.
- Test your sump pump for proper operation. Pour a few gallons of water into the basin of your sump pump. Pour slowly until the sump pump turns on and begins to pump out the water. Do not add water than the basin will hold. The sump pump should begin pumping out water when the water level reaches approximately 8 to 12 inches below the surface of the basement floor. If it fails to turn on, check the power supply and circuit breaker. If it fails to turn on, call Grand Lake Plumbing for service.
- Outside the home check the faucets for drips and leaks. Ensure that downspouts are clear and directing water away from the house.
- Washing machine hoses should be inspected for leaks or bulges. If the hoses show signs of wear they should be replaces. Consider using braided stainless steel hoses rather than rubber hoses.
- Check your toilets for cracks or leaks. Add several drops of food coloring to the tank. If color appears in the bowl after 30 minutes, it has a leak that should be repaired.
- If the toilet handle has to be held down in order to flush properly, or jiggled to stop from running, call Grand Lake Plumbing to inspect the toilet.
- Are drains emptying slowly or making noises? Call Grand Lake Plumbing to have your sewer and drain lines inspected.
Water Heater Maintenance
- Check the temperature setting on the water heater. It should be set no higher than 120°F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use.
- If you have a tank water heater, drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out sediment that can cause corrosion and reduce heating efficiency.
- Tankless water heaters should be flushed to remove mineral deposits. Follow the manufacturer's maintenance directions, or call Superior for service.
- Ensure there are no flammable materials stored near the water heater or furnace.
Private Wells and Water Quality
- Following the recent wildfires, we recommend that Grand County residents have their drinking water tested. When water runoff flows over burned watersheds it can release contaminants into the ground water supply. Water testing will ensure there are no harmful organic or inorganic compounds that could make your drinking water unsafe.
- If you notice low water pressure, discoloration in drinking water, or there is air in the plumbing system before the water begins to flow, call us to have your well system inspected.