Home Plumbing Tips for All Seasons

Did you know there are simple ways to help prevent damage to your home plumbing or heating system by preparing them for seasonal temperature changes?

PJB Mechanical offers helpful home plumbing tips and specials, for every season.

If you need help getting your Vancouver, Richmond, or Delta home plumbing or heating system ready for any season, get in touch with us today.

Spring Drain Cleaning and Plumbing Maintenance

Time for spring drain cleaning! Make sure all your systems are ‘go' for the wet months with these drain cleaning and plumbing maintenance tips:
  • Check faucets for drips and leaks and make repairs to conserve water.
  • Ensure drains have strainers to prevent clogging.
  • Check toilet tanks and bowls for cracks.
  • Check toilets for hidden leaks by and adding six drops of food colouring to your toilet tank. If leaks are present, colour will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes.
  • Exercise water supply valves under sinks and toilets to prevent sticking.
  • Clean mineral deposits from your shower head by soaking it in vinegar. Secure a plastic bag filled with vinegar over it and let it soak overnight. Scrub with a toothbrush to remove deposits.
  • Repair toilets that require holding the handle down or jiggling it to get a thorough flush. They likely have worn parts, and replacing these parts will save you money on your water bill.
  • Check dishwasher, washing machine and ice maker supply hoses for bulges or leaks. Replace hoses over 10 years old, or if they show signs of weakness.
  • Pour a gallon of water into infrequently used drains to fill the trap and prevent odours. Slow drains should be snaked to ensure they can carry water quickly in case of a flood.
  • Check exposed basement pipes for leaks.
  • If your home has a sump pump, test it by pouring a few buckets of water into the sump pit. The pump should quickly turn on, discharge the water, and shut off without problems.
  • Install a back-flow valve in the floor drain to prevent sewer backups.
  • Install flood alarms to alert you at the first signs of flooding.
  • Ensure yard drains, gutters and downspouts are cleaned out, open, and free of debris.
  • Check for bird nests in plumbing vent pipes.
  • Check faucets and hose bibs to ensure water flows freely.
If you need assistance with your spring drain cleaning or plumbing maintenance for your Richmond, Delta, or Vancouver home, contact PJB Mechanical.

Spring Drain Cleaning and Plumbing Maintenance Specials

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Summer Plumbing Specials

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Summer Plumbing Tips

Outdoor activities, vacations, hot weather – summer is an action-packed season. Get your plumbing ready for the action with these simple summer plumbing tips:
  • Check your toilet base for signs of water damage, like rolled vinyl or stains.
  • Straddle over your toilet and rock back and forth on each foot to see if the floor feels spongy. If so, it’s probably rotting or weakened.
  • Check for leaky or loose tiles by pressing on the walls where they touch the bathtub. If walls are soft, there may be water damage behind the tiles.
  • Turn on the bathtub and kitchen sink faucets. If you notice a reduction in water volume, your pipes may have mineral deposits and need to be replaced.
  • Ensure your main line clean-out is accessible.
  • Ensure your garbage disposal and dishwasher connections are tight and leak free.
  • Check the inside of cabinets for signs of water damage, warping or stains. Ensure traps ad supply tubes are not leaking.
  • Check washing machine hoses for bulges, leaks or cracks. Move your machine at least four inches from the wall to prevent hose kinks and never leave home when the washing machine is running. Replace your washing machine hose every three years.
  • Be careful what you put in your garburator. Most garbage disposals can’t handle stringy, fibrous foods like banana peels or corn husks, and fats, oils, or ‘just-add-water’ instant mixes. Run cold water 15 seconds before and after you put anything in your garbage disposal to flush it through.
  • Turn down your water heater to save money and energy while on vacation.
  • Have a plumber inspect your sewer line pipes for backups caused by tree root growth.
  • Set your water heater temperature no higher than 120ºF to prevent scalding and reduce energy use.
  • Drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out sediment and improve efficiency and longevity.
  • Replace water heaters over 10 years old. The first four digits of the serial number represent the month and year it was made. Newer water heaters are more energy efficient.
  • Inspect for slow leaks in your home plumbing system by checking your water meter reading before bed. Take another reading in the morning and if the number has changed without any water use overnight, you have a leak that needs repair.
Should you need assistance with any of these summer plumbing tips for your Vancouver, Richmond, or Delta home, contact PJB Mechanical.

Residential Plumbing Tips for Fall

It's starting to get cold outside! That means it's time to get your residential plumbing system ready for the change in temperature. Here are PJB Mechanical's residential plumbing tips for fall:
  • Disconnect outside water hoses to prevent freezing and breakage of faucets and connecting pipes.
  • Repair any leaky outdoor faucets to prevent freezing and breakage.
  • Close and drain any interior shut-off valves that lead to outside faucets.
  • Cover outside faucets with faucet insulation kits (available at most home centres).
  • Insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as garages or crawl spaces by applying heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around exposed pipes.
  • Prepare your water heater for it's extra use in the winter by flushing it out to remove buildup that can affect efficiency. Do this by draining several gallons from the faucet near the bottom of the tank.
  • Clear leaves and debris from outdoor downspouts to ensure easy drainage through freezing and thawing in winter.
  • Inspect and clean your sump pump and pit to prevent malfunctioning due to freezing.
If you need home plumbing repairs to get your plumbing system on track for the coming cold months, contact PJB Mechanical.

Fall Residential Plumbing Specials

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Home Plumbing Tips for Winter

Use these home plumbing tips to prevent pipe freezing and keep your systems working through the winter months:
  • Circulate warm air throughout your home, with cabinet doors under sinks open, to keep pipes in the walls from freezing.
  • Close crawl space vents and garage doors, especially if your water heater is in the garage.
  • Ensure snow does not block water drainage, especially around your sump pump discharge line, to prevent freezing and water back up into the house.
We also have some FAQs regarding winter preparation: If you need help preparing your home plumbing for the winter, contact PJB Mechanical.

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