Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already know that your heating and AC equipment needs yearly HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but were you aware that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Air Engineers Service Experts offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Jacksonville homeowners to help them locate issues before they become big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and plan your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are a couple ways to get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.

  • Inspect for leaks

Check your home’s 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 save you money on your water bill.

After the faucets, scan all accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can often access 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 much needed care
Check your toilet for any leaks or cracks in both the tank and the bowl. If it looks like it’s in good working order, go ahead and add about six drops of food coloring into the tank. Wait for about 35 minutes and then check the bowl. If the bowl is not colored with the dye, you’re fine. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and will want to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t neglect your water heater maintenance
If something foul seems to be getting in from any of the drains in your home, it could be an indication that plumbing maintenance is necessary. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Confirm there are strains installed in all your drains to prevent hair and other waste from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. Following treatment with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water through drains that are not used often. This will fill the trap and help to prevent odors from sneaking in and filling up your home.

Your water heater takes good care of you so be sure you’re returning the kindness. Don’t forget 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 sudden burst of cold water for several days. Regardless if you plan on replacing your water heater, there are some 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 use (and help lower your bills) while also evading scalding. For safety sake, 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 perform more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems from happening.

These are just some ways of how you could help get your plumbing ready for spring, but if you are not confident completing any of these tasks, always feel free to call Air Engineers Service Experts and we can come out and complete your annual plumbing maintenance and repair (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.

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