As Summer winds down, it’s not just about packing away beach gear and prepping for fall. It’s also the perfect time to give your Santa Cruz plumbing a thorough check-up. Rosenthal Plumbing is here to let you know about some tips and tricks to keeping your plumbing in good shape. Here’s our comprehensive end-of-Summer plumbing guide to ensure your Santa Cruz home is ready for the colder months ahead. Keep reading, or call us today to learn more!
Tackle Clogs and Slow Drains
Experiencing frequent toilet clogs or sluggish drains? A mixture of a cup of baking soda, two cups of vinegar, followed by half a gallon of hot water might do the trick. For sinks, a well-cleaned plunger can be effective.
Persistent clogs or standing water might indicate deeper issues with your sewer or septic system. If you detect foul odors or odd occurrences like your washing machine filling when you shower, it’s time to call in the experts. Addressing sewer problems promptly can prevent more extensive and expensive repairs.
Inspect for Leaks: Pipes, Fixtures, and Appliances
Never underestimate a small leak. Even minor drips can waste significant amounts of water annually, putting undue stress on your plumbing. Regularly inspect areas around appliances and under sinks for any signs of moisture or water pooling.
Toilets can sometimes leak from the tank to the bowl. A simple test involves adding food coloring to your tank and waiting a few hours without flushing. If the color appears in the bowl, you have a leak. Also, inspect the base of the toilet for any water or dampness.
Winter often sees an uptick in leaky pipes due to freezing conditions. Regularly inspect exposed pipes, especially around your water heater, for rust or leaks. Consider calling a Rosenthal plumber to insulate your pipes before winter hits.
Water Heater Maintenance
Your Santa Cruz water heater is essential for daily comfort. Regular checks can prevent unexpected breakdowns.
- Check for Rust and Damage: Inspect your tank for any cracks or rust. Pay attention to anode rods and pressure relief valves too.
- Insulate: Exposed pipes from your water heater should be insulated to prevent freezing. Consider insulating the entire heater with a suitable jacket to enhance efficiency and reduce energy bills.
- Drain and Clean: Sediment can accumulate in your tank over time. Regularly draining and flushing your tank can prevent this buildup, ensuring cleaner hot water and prolonging the heater’s lifespan.
Your sewer system is often out of sight, out of mind, but it’s crucial to its health. Lush patches on your lawn, unpleasant odors, or yard leaks might indicate sewer issues. Recurring clogs and water backups are also red flags.
Rosenthal Plumbing provides video inspections with main sewer line cleaning. Even if you don’t suspect any issues, periodic checks are beneficial. If you’re considering selling your home, a video inspection can provide insights into the sewer’s condition.
Contact Rosenthal Plumbing for a Plumbing Review
Whether you’re facing plumbing challenges or just want a routine check, we’re here to assist. Contact Rosenthal Plumbing today for all your Santa Cruz plumbing needs, ensuring your home or business is in top shape for the seasons ahead.