Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance
You may already be aware that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs yearly HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you realize that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for the U.S. homeowners to help them discover issues before they become big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and schedule your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are a couple ways for you to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.
- Inspect for leaks
Inspect both your faucets and toilets for any leaks. Confirm there is no water dripping out of or around the connections when you shut off your faucets. If there is, swapping out the fixtures or repairing the leak could help enhance the faucet’s function and may even reduce your water bill.
After the faucets, examine any accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can usually find visible pipes below sinks and down in the basement. Extreme weather can cause pipes to freeze and sometimes crack so spring is the ideal time to make sure the winter weather didn’t cause any damage that would result in plumbing problems.
- Give your drains some seriously overdue love
Inspect your toilet for any fractures or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If it appears to be in good shape, go ahead and put about six drops of food dye into the tank water. Wait for about 35 minutes and then look at the bowl. If the bowl water is not colored with the dye, you’re fine. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you might have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
- Don’t forget your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it might be a sign that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Confirm there are strains placed in all your drains to prevent hair and other waste from spoiling in the pipes and clogging them up. Once you’ve treated them with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water down drains that are not used often. This will fill the trap and help to avoid odors from seeping in and filling up your home.
Your water heater takes good care of you so ensure you’re returning the love. Keep in mind that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, so if yours is older than 15 years, it may be about time to invest in a new one to be sure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for a week. Regardless if you plan on replacing your water heater, there are a few things you can do to help keep it running properly.
Make sure the temperature setting on the equipment is not set higher than 120°F. This will help reduce your energy usage (and help decrease your bills) while also preventing scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to relocate any items from around the water heater. Your yearly Plumbing PLUS Maintenance agreement includes a water heater maintenance; and it may actually help your water heater be more efficient and avoid plumbing problems from happening.
These are just a couple ways of how you could help get your plumbing ready for spring, but if you are not confident completing any of these tasks, please call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing and we can come out and conduct your yearly plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help stop) any plumbing problems.
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