Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already know that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs yearly HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but were you aware that you also require annual plumbing maintenance by an expert? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Raleigh homeowners to help them locate issues before they turn into big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and plan your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are three ways you can get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for plumbing leaks

Inspect all your faucets and toilets for any leaks. Make sure there isn’t any water dripping out of or around the connections when you turn 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.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, inspect any accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can usually see visible pipes in basements and below sinks. 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 TLC
Examine your toilet for any cracks or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If everything seems to be in good working order, go ahead and add about six drops of food dye into the tank. Wait 30 minutes and then look at the bowl. If the water in the bowl is uncolored, you’re fine. If the dye appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
  •       Remember your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be drifting up through any of the drains in your home, it may be a sign that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Check to make sure there are strains inserted in all your drains to avoid hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. After you’ve treated with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water down drains that are not used frequently. This will fill the trap and help to avoid odors from sneaking in and stinking up your home.

Your water heater takes excellent care of you so make sure you’re returning the favor. Don’t forget that newer water heaters are going to be more energy efficient, so if yours is older than 15 years, it could be time to purchase a new one to be sure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for multiple days. Despite whether or not you plan on replacing your water heater, there are some 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 lower your energy usage (and help reduce your bills) while also evading scalding. For safety sake, you will want to remove any objects from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance agreement includes a water heater maintenance; and it could actually help your water heater perform more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems in the future.

These are just a few ways of how you can help get your plumbing springtime-ready, but if you are not confident completing any of these tasks, please call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and perform your annual plumbing maintenance and repair (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.

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