Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance
You may already be aware that your heating and cooling equipment needs annual HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you know 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 find issues before they become big problems. While we recommend calling immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance every year, here are three ways for you to get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.
- Check for plumbing leaks
Check all your faucets and toilets for any leaks. When you turn off your faucets check around the connections for water dripping out; if there is, installing new fixtures or repairing the leak could help boost the faucet’s operation and may even save you money on your water bill.
In addition to faucets, inspect any accessible pipes for indications of leaks. You can usually see visible pipes below sinks and down in the basement. Sometimes pipes can freeze and then crack so spring is the perfect time to make sure the winter weather didn’t cause any damage or plumbing problems.
- Give your drains some seriously overdue love
Check your toilet for any fractures or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If your toilet seems to be in good working order, go ahead and add about six drops of food color into the tank water. Wait for about 35 minutes and then look at the bowl. If the bowl water is uncolored, you’re good to go. If the dye appears in the bowl, you may have a leak and will want to call a plumbing expert.
- Don’t neglect your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it may be evidence that plumbing maintenance is necessary. A properly running drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Verify there are strains placed in all your drains to stop hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. After you’ve treated with a common drain cleaner, pour a gallon of water through drains that are not used often. This will fill the trap and help to avoid odors from sneaking in and smelling up your home.
Your water heater takes excellent care of you so make sure you’re returning the kindness. Remember that newer water heaters have more energy efficiency, so if yours is over 15 years old, it may be about time to purchase a new one to be sure you don’t have that unexpected burst of cold water for multiple days. Whether or not you plan on purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are a couple things you can do to help keep it working properly.
Make sure the temperature setting on the equipment is not set higher than 120°F. This will help decrease your energy usage (and help decrease your bills) while also preventing scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to move away anything from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it may actually help your water heater perform more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems moving forward.
These are just a couple ways of how to help get your plumbing springtime-ready, but if you are not confident completing any of these tasks, always feel free to call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing and we can come out and perform your annual plumbing maintenance and repair (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.
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