Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already be aware that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs annual 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 Alliance homeowners to help them discover issues before they become big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and schedule your plumbing maintenance every year, here are three ways to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for plumbing leaks

Check both 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 improve the faucet’s operation and may even save you money on your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, check any accessible pipes for indications of leaks. You can often 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 long overdue care
Examine your toilet for any cracks or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If everything looks like it’s in good working order, go ahead and pour about six drops of food dye into the tank water. Wait 30 minutes and then peak at the bowl. If the bowl is uncolored, you’re fine. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you might have a leak and will want to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t forget your water heater maintenance
If a stench seems to be getting in from any of the drains in your home, it could be an indication that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly working drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Confirm there are strains inserted in all your drains to avoid hair and other waste from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. Once you’ve treated them with a common drain cleaner, pour a gallon of water through drains that are not used frequently. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from coming in and smelling up your home.

Your water heater takes excellent care of you so make sure you’re returning the love. Keep in mind that newer water heaters are going to be more energy efficient, so if yours is more than 15 years old, it could be time to start looking into a new one in order to ensure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for a week. Whether or not you plan on investing in a new water heater, there are some things you can do to help keep it operating properly.

Make sure the temperature setting on the equipment is not set higher than 120°F. This will help lower your energy use (and help lower your bills) while also avoiding scalding. For the purpose of safety, you will want to relocate any objects from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance plan includes a water heater maintenance; and it may even help your water heater be more efficient and avoid plumbing problems in the future.

These are just a few ways of how you can help get your plumbing ready for the season, but if you are not comfortable completing any of these tasks, you are welcome to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and conduct your annual plumbing maintenance and repair (or help stop) any plumbing problems.