Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already be aware that your heating and cooling equipment needs yearly HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you know that you also should have an expert perform your annual plumbing maintenance? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Charlotte homeowners to help them uncover 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 you can get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.

  • Inspect for leaks

Look at 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 function and may even lower your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, inspect all exposed 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 both the tank and the bowl. If your toilet seems to be in good condition, go ahead and put about six drops of food dye into the water in the tank. Wait half an hour and then look at the bowl. If the bowl water is uncolored, you’re in the clear. If the food coloring 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 something foul seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it be an indication that plumbing maintenance is necessary. A properly running drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Confirm there are strains inserted in all your drains to stop hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and causing them to clog. Once you’ve treated them 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 seeping in and stinking up your home.

Your water heater takes great care of you so be sure you’re returning the favor. Don’t forget that newer water heaters have more energy efficiency, so if yours is older than 15 years, it is probably about time to start looking into 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 investing in a new water heater, there are a couple things you can do to help keep it functioning properly.

Check the temperature setting on the water heater and make sure it’s not higher than 120°F. This will help decrease your energy consumption (and help reduce your bills) while also avoiding scalding. For the purpose of safety, you will want to relocate anything from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it may even 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 ready for spring, but if you are not confident performing any of these tasks, please call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and complete your annual plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.

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