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Plumbing Tips for the Upcoming Spring

Thursday, March 12, 2020
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Let’s face it: A lot of us don’t even think of our plumbing system until an issue occurs.  While homeowners are able to handle some of the basic repairs, we want you to know that it’s important to be cautious.  For instance, considering things from clogged drains and drain repairs to rooter and sewer line repairs, Bison Plumbing has the experts you need!  We want you to know that you can always reach out to us to avoid all those spring plumbing issues.


In order to help you out, we’ve compiled a shortlist of things to remember about your plumbing for this spring:


Check & Update Drain Filters


It’s important to replace drain filters once a year to keep drains running at their best.  It’s an easy step and will certainly help in preventing shower or toilet clogs.


Check Toilets for Cracks or Leaks


If your toilet is acting funny when you flush, this might be a sign of a leak.  Remember: If you see water running down the sides of your toilet, this is certainly being caused by a leak.  These leaks should be taken care of right away to avoid bacteria buildup as well as detrimental structural issues.  Resealing toilet leaks will save you time and money!


Clean Taps for Shower Head & Bathtub Faucet


Bacteria, chemicals, and other buildups can be caused by the constant flow of water that eventually begins to corrode and block the flow of water.  The easiest and most homeowner-friendly way to solve this temporarily is by applying white vinegar to the problem areas.  Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar, cover the showerhead or faucet with it, and fasten it on the head or faucet with rubber bands.  If you leave the bag with vinegar on for a full day, the majority of the minerals will be cleared away.  For taps, soak the problem areas with white vinegar.  Then, as they absorb, you will then scrub off the minerals.  This method might take a few applications in order to fully remove the minerals.


Check Taps Connected to Water Supply


With toilets, sinks, and basins, toggle each water supply tap on and off multiple times so they don’t become jammed or stuck in one place.  You will want to do this to your main water supply valve, as well.  This is a common preventative measure we check but’s also very important to remember it.  Think about it: If your toilet is overflowing, and you can’t shut off the main water line, what’re you going to do?  Avoid this by checking the condition of your water line valves.


Check Outdoor Water Supply


Don’t forget about your outdoor water lines!  Frozen pipes can create leaks that can certainly burst once your pipes have thawed.  One of the most important plumbing tips for homeowners during the spring is to look for signs of winter pipe damage.  Turn all your outdoor faucets on, and then place your hand over the opening.  If your hand can slow or stop the water flow, it may mean you have a leak that could cause damage to your home – give us a call at (586) 335-2238!


When Bison is on the job you can rest assured your job will be done right, on time, and for a fair price.  With your help and a little hard work, we can help keep our systems and infrastructures operating efficiently for generations to come.  Give us a call today for more information!

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