Spring’s Coming – Time to Check the Plumbing

The calendar says that it will be spring soon (we will see if the weather agrees), and with spring comes a pile of to-do lists. When you’re writing yours in the coming weeks, don’t forget to include an important but often overlooked system in your Maryland home: the plumbing.

Here’s a spring plumbing checklist to make things a little easier for you.

Kitchen / bathroom

  • Check for leaks on all faucets; take care of any plumbing repairs immediately.
  • Install drain strainers in all sinks to prevent clogging.
  • Inspect your toilet tank and bowl for cracks or leaks.
  • Make sure toilets flush properly. If a toilet doesn’t flush correctly, it probably means that some parts are worn out from use; contact us for plumbing service.
  • Check toilets for hidden leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank; if the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes.
  • Remove mineral deposits from showerheads and aerators (the screw-on tips of your faucets) by unscrewing each and soaking them in vinegar overnight; gently scrub them in the morning with an old toothbrush.


  • Check the thermostat on your water heater; make sure it is set at no higher than 120°F to get the best balance of energy efficiency and performance (the U.S. Department of Energy recommends 115-120°F).
  • Drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out efficiency-reducing sediment, carefully following manufacturer’s instructions for doing so – or get professional water heater maintenance from Carroll Home Services and let us do it for you.
  • Consider replacing your water heater if your unit is more than 10 or 12 years old; the energy efficiency improvements alone will more than likely pay for the investment in just a few years.
  • Check appliance hoses for bulges, leaks, or cracks, repairing or replacing them as needed.


  • Snake slow drains – especially flood drains in your basement.
  • Test run your sump pump in advance of spring storms.
  • Check under-sink pipes for leaks and repair as needed.
  • Look for slow leaks in your home by taking a reading on your water meter before bedtime; check the meter again then next morning after not using water overnight. If the reading has changed you have a leak that should be repaired.


  • Clear outdoor drains, gutters, downspouts, and plumbing vent pipes.
  • Turn on outdoor water; check faucets and hoses to make sure water flows correctly.

Don’t wait for a flood or mold problem – stay on top of leaks and other plumbing issues with professional plumbing service from Carroll Home Services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our plumbing experts!

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