Spring Cleaning Plumbing Check List

Spring has finally arrived after a dreary winter. If the sun and warmer weather have you motivated to clean, it would be a good time to check the condition of your outdoor plumbing too.

At John Schoeffling Plumbing, we want to provide you with a few tips so that you can feel comfortable turning your outdoor plumbing appliances on for the first time this spring. Follow these steps to be sure you’re prepped for warmer weather.

1. Inspect Your Water Heater

Your water heater probably got a lot of use throughout the cold winter. Now that the warm weather is here, it’s a better time to do a quick inspection and drain the system out as part of regular maintenance.

Check to make sure the temperature is set at about 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent the unit from making scalding hot water and ensure peak energy efficiency.

Next, you’ll want to flush your water heater. Water that passes through the heater, especially water with more minerals, will deposit sediment in the tank. These deposits can make your heater less efficient and force it to work harder to do its job, shortening its lifespan. Draining some of the water out of the tank will rid it of some sediment.

2. Turn on Outdoor Water Valves

When you were going through your home and winterizing before it got too cold out, you probably turned off your water valves. Now, it’s time to turn them back on.

When you go to open these valves, do so very slowly. If you fail to do so, you can create a water hammer, which is caused by a quick change in water flow. A water hammer can burst fittings, damage valves and pop off sprinkler heads.

3. Prepare Your Sprinklers and Irrigation System

Now that you have turned your main water valve back on, you can start preparing your sprinkler system. First, open the valve that allows water to flow to your sprinklers. Do so slowly until you can hear the water moving through the device.

Make your way to the backflow prevention system and ensure that it is working properly. Then, go to the main control panel and turn it on. You can choose your settings for start and end time as well as the irrigation zones to be used. If your panel has a battery backup system, now is a good time to change the batteries. Wipe away any dirt or grime from the control panel that might have built up over winter.

Finally, clean off your sprinkler heads and make sure they are oriented the way you like them.

4. Outdoor Faucets

Once you have your outdoor water main valve turned on, it is time to check the faucets. As always, turn them on slowly.

When the faucets are running, check for lower water pressure. Let the water run for a few minutes. It is normal for the pressure too seem low at first, as air may have gotten into the lines while they were turned off. If you notice sustained low water pressure, however, it’s a sign of a leak and requires a professional inspection.

Holiday Plumbing

The holiday season is here and it is tough on your plumbing. Seems more home cooked meals and baking puts your plumbing to a test. Keep you drains flowing use plenty of water when using your disposal, and stay away from the drano chemicals and clogs. We offer a full array of drain cleaning services if needed.

Add Some Luxury To Your Shower

Do you want a hand held shower but also want a conventional shower head also? We have options for you. There are many ways to improve your showering experience. Installing a transfer valve and adding a personal hand held device is a way that can help with sore muscles or leg shaving, also is handy cleaning the shower or tub. This can be done in many ways to suit your current set up depending what that may be. So give us a call and lets see what you are interested in having.

We are Here If You Need Us

Everyone is in this together, and here at John Schoeffling Plumbing we are here if you need us. If you are without hot water or a drain is backing up, or you have a leak etc. We will help you and can service homes with in the safety guide lines. We take every precaution necessary to keep you safe and have no contact ways of helping you with your plumbing problem. we realize most plumbing issues drain cloggs can expose you to un sanitary conditions as well as the need for hot water to stay clean. Or a leak can cause mold spores and health issues also. So if you have a need for a plumber near you, we are here to help.

toilet replacement deal

Are You Flushing Money Down The Drain?

If you have an old toilet most likely you are wasting water. Installing a new toilet can be a huge upgrade to any home. For one thing if your toilet is old it probably is wasting water. New toilets have been designed very well to flush with less water and less clogs, this in turn save you money. Also the comfort height feature is well received, I have lots of happy customers that tell me they love the higher seat height. So who doesn’t want a more comfortable and money saving commode?

Garbage Disposal Health

Treat your garbage disposal more kindly
Remember that garbage disposals aren’t garbage cans. Don’t put coffee grounds, fibrous vegetables, bones, pits, or other items that can damage the blades down the disposal. Never pour oils or grease down your disposal either, because once it cools, it will solidify. That will be bad. Always use full blast cold water from your faucet when using your disposal, and rinse it clean. Be nice to your garbage disposal and it’ll be nice to you.

Harvest Gold Was It Ever Pretty?

A simple way to improve your style in your home may be just a change of fixtures. Shown here is a 1950’s harvest gold bathroom. By installing a new Gerber toilet in white and a Gerber porcelain white drop in bowl lavatory sink, and a chrome Moen faucet. This bathroom had a face lift that really was inexpensive, but made a huge impact. http://Gerber https://johnschoefflingplumbing.com/norristown-pa-plumbing-services/installation-faucets-sinks-toilets-bathroom-renovation-garbage-disposals-sump-pumps-instant-hots-dishwashers-and-ice-maker-supply-lines-installed/

Plumbing In Your Walls

Be smart when hanging shelves. Shown in this photo is a job where it turned out homeowner installed new pantry shelves, and anchored them into his drain pipe to the second floor. Looking in the basement and measuring to make sure there are no pipes in the wall you are working on can be all it takes. If those steps are taken it will make hitting a pipe less likely. Using a stud finder and locating studs can determine wall construction lay out also and can help with this. But all things said it can still happen. Try to locate if possible from the basement or use common sense if you know there is a bathroom over head there is likely to be pipes in the wall below. Just a helpful reminder from your local plumber close to you.

Don’t Ignore Your Pipes

Too many times I see home improvements made and the old plumbing pipes are ignored. If you see something that doesn’t look right to you it most likely should be observed by your local plumber. Sometimes being observant can save you a lot of money. For instance I recently had a situation where a flooring contractor replaced a floor in a bathroom and the closet flange (this is the pipe that your toilet sits on) ended up being too high. If the toilet was pulled by a plumber this would have been addressed before it be came an issue. Look, no one wants to pull up a brand new floor to fix an issue that should have been addressed prior too it being installed. Or tear out a new tile job because a lead drain line was left in and is now clogged beyond repair. So remember to be observant, ask questions, and do the improvement right the first time.