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Upgrade Your Spring Cleaning Routine

Plumbing under kitchen sink

Are you ready to take a deep dive into your home cleaning routine? While we all usually dread this annual ritual, it is great for our homes, sanity, and health. We’re hoping to make it a little easier with this list we’ve compiled. And remember, if anything of your cleaning revolves around plumbing, we can help with that too!

Check Your Gas Plumbing!

While this task is on your cleaning list, it’s not a task that we recommend you handle yourself. A broken or leaking gas pipe can mean disaster for your home. In high concentrations, natural gas can be incredibly dangerous to your health and to your home.

If you do find that you have a gas leak, call emergency services as soon as possible, they’ll shut off your gas immediately; then contact a professional gas plumber to have the pipe or leak stopped and repaired. At Nuckols Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we have more than 30 years of experience in this field, and we’ll find your leak quickly and make your home safe to inhabit as fast as we can.

We have experience with all different types of problems with gas lines, from hairline cracks to complete separations, disconnections, or even burst pipes. We are equipped with the latest tools and training and use only the best materials in our repair jobs to make sure the work we do is right and lasts a long time.

Flush your Water Heater

When was the last time you flushed out your water heater? We recommend doing this once or twice a year if you’re noticing an increase in sediment.

The need for water heater flushing increases if you live in an area with higher mineral content in the water (otherwise known as hard water). Over time, the minerals in the water collect at the bottom of the tank, which causes a host of problems, including:

  • Sediment blocks the heating element, causing the water heater to have to work harder to heat the water to the same temperature.
  • As more sediment collects, the bottom of the tank begins to rust.
  • The rust in the tank makes its way into your home’s water supply, and soon enough, you’ll be showering in orangeish brown water.

This practice is essential whether you have a conventional tank water heater or a tankless model. Either way, sediment will cause problems for your water appliances. If you need assistance with flushing your system, contact us today for assistance!

Clean Your Fixtures

Another side effect of hard water in your home is water spots and buildup on everything that water touches. From glass shower doors to metal faucets and water heads to gunky fixtures, hard water affects everything. If you’re sick at looking at all of the spots and buildup, there’s a simple way to clean things up.


  1. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle
  2. Spray the affected surface with this mixture
  3. Let it sit for 15 minutes, respraying if it dries too quickly
  4. After the allotted time, take an old toothbrush and scrub the spots gently
  5. Wipe down with a paper towel

Baking Soda

If hard water has begun to affect your tile and grout, then we have the perfect solution for you.

  1. Combine a mixture of baking soda and water to create a paste
  2. Spread this paste on the stained tile and grout. Let it sit for a few minutes
  3. Lightly scrub it with a toothbrush
  4. Wipe it clean and see tiles and grout that look brand new!

Happy spring cleaning, and don’t forget to contact our team for any of your plumbing cleaning needs! Visit our website or call us at (804) 214-2077 for more information about the services we offer.