Spring Cleaning Your Plumbing: Tips for a Fresh Start in Chicago

Spring Cleaning Your Plumbing: Tips for a Fresh Start in Chicago

As the crisp Chicago air washes away the winter chill, it’s also the perfect time to refresh more than just your wardrobe. Spring cleaning is synonymous with purging dusty corners and cluttered closets, but why not extend that revitalizing energy to the unseen workhorses of your home – your plumbing system?

Neglecting your plumbing can lead to unpleasant surprises later, from pesky drips and gurgling drains to full-blown leaks and blockages. But fear not, Windy City dwellers! This guide will equip you with the tips and tricks to give your plumbing a spring cleaning that’ll leave it sparkling like the Chicago River on a sunny day.

Banish the Drain Drainers:

  • Kitchen:Coffee grounds, grease and food scraps are the bane of kitchen drains. Tackle them by pouring a pot of boiling water down the drain followed by a cup of baking soda and vinegar. This fizzy combo breaks down organic buildup. For tougher clogs, call on the plumbers from Vanguard.
  • Bathroom:Hair, soap scum and toothpaste contribute to shower and sink Regularly run hot water for a few minutes to melt hair and soap scum, and use a baking soda and vinegar paste to scour away residue. A drain screen will catch stray strands before they become a tangled mess.
  • Garbage Disposal:While convenient, garbage disposals aren’t bottomless pits. Avoid grinding fibrous foods like peels and celery strings and stick to softer scraps like coffee grounds and fruit peels. Regularly run ice cubes and citrus peels to sharpen the blades and freshen the unit.

Give Your Hot Water Heater a Hug:

  • Drain and Flush:Flushing your water heater annually removes sediment buildup that can decrease efficiency and damage the tank. Follow your specific model’s instructions for draining and refilling. Or, call Vanguard instead.
  • Check the Temperature:Adjust the thermostat to 120°F (49°C) or below to save energy and prevent scalding. A little less heat goes a long way!

Inspect and Protect:

  • Check for Leaks:Regularly inspect pipes, connections, and appliances for drips, stains or unusual sounds. Early detection prevents bigger problems.
  • Tame the Thaw:As frozen winter pipes thaw, watch for cracks or leaks. If you suspect a leak, shut off the water supply and call a Vanguard plumber
  • Clean Your Drains:Chemical drain cleaners are harsh and can damage pipes. Instead, opt for the natural cleaning power of baking soda and vinegar.

Bonus Tip: Schedule a professional plumbing inspection from Vanguard Plumbing & Sewer for added peace of mind. A plumber can identify hidden issues, recommend preventative measures, and ensure your plumbing system is ready for whatever spring (and summer) throws your way.

Remember, a little TLC goes a long way when it comes to your Chicago plumbing system. By following these spring cleaning tips, you can ensure your pipes are singing the sweet melody of clean water flow all year long.

Enjoy your refreshed plumbing and a worry-free spring in Chicago!

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Vanguard Plumbing & Sewer
Phone: (773) 633-6139
Location: 4352 N. Kenneth Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60641


Business Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7:00 AM–5:00 PM
Saturday: 7:00 AM–3:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

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