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Spring is upon us! The verdant freshness tempts us to open our windows and doors, to no longer sequester ourselves in our winter dens; an inexplicable desire to bring that freshness indoors. Thus, our long-standing and ritualistic habit of “spring cleaning” begins.

As you begin the yearly frenzy of dusting, mopping, and washing of all things, we encourage you to remember your plumbing. After a long winter’s use, it could use a little TLC and “freshening up” as much as the rest of your home. Making this type of annual maintenance a habit will help your plumbing fixtures and system to perform better and last longer.

To help you out, we’ve created a handy checklist to help you give your plumbing a thorough spring cleaning this year: get a printable PDF version.

  • Clear your gutters, downspouts, and vent pipes on the roof.
  • Inspect your pipes (or have your plumber inspect them) for leaks, damage, or anything unusual.
  • Check your hose bibbs for leaks or damage and replace them if needed. If dripping continues after the spout is replaced, you may have had a frozen pipe that cracked and needs repairing.
  • Install backwater valves on all floor drains to prevent sewer backups.
  • Snake any slow floor drains to remove clogs, and pour a gallon of water into infrequently used floor drains. This fills the trap and will prevent odors and sewer gases from coming in the house.
  • Use a bacterial drain cleaner to clear debris and build-up from all the drains in your home. If you have a “frequent clogger”, take the time now to snake it and get rid of the problem.
  • Clean the traps beneath your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry sinks.
  • Put mesh strainers over all of your drains to help prevent hair and other clogging debris from going down the drain.
  • Test your sump pump. Pour water into the basin and trip the lever to ensure it is still working properly and the on/off mechanism isn’t corroded.
  • Do an all-around maintenance check on your water heater.
  • Clean mineral build-up from your shower heads and faucets. Clean out and replace faucet aerators if needed.
  • Check the water supply lines to your washing machine, faucets, toilets, and other water-using appliances or fixtures. If you see bulges, tears, or leaks, replace the lines.
  • Clean out your washing machine lint trap.
  • Give your garbage disposer a thorough cleaning and repair it if needed.
  • Do a thorough leak check in and around your home, remembering to do a water meter reading to make sure you’ve gotten everything.

Tutorials to Help You Accomplish Everything On Your Spring Cleaning List


  1. Sarah Smith

    I had no idea that you should snake slow drains. Another thing you should do is clean out your sewer every year or so. Thanks for the advice about spring cleaning your plumbing.

  2. Nico

    Plumbing is a must in all household. Thanks for sharing this. I learned a lot.


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