Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already know that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs seasonal HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but were you aware that you also should have an expert perform your annual plumbing maintenance? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for the Niagara Region homeowners to help them uncover issues before they turn into big problems. While we recommend calling immediately for plumbing problems and schedule your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are a couple ways you can get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for plumbing leaks

Check all your 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, replacing the fixtures or repairing the leak could help better the faucet’s performance and may even lower your water bill.

After the faucets, scan all exposed pipes for indications of leaks. You can usually find visible pipes in the basement and under sinks. 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 long overdue attention
Examine your toilet for any cracks or leaks in both the bowl and tank. If your toilet looks like it’s in good shape, go ahead and add about six drops of food color into the water in the tank. Wait for about 35 minutes and then check the bowl. If the water in the bowl is uncolored, you’re fine. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you might have a leak and need 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 needed. A properly working drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Confirm there are strains installed in all your drains to stop hair and other waste from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. After you’ve treated 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 stop odors from sneaking in and filling up your home.

Your water heater takes good care of you so make sure you’re returning the kindness. Remember that newer water heaters are going to be more energy efficient, so if yours is more than 15 years old, it is probably about time to purchase a new one to be sure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for multiple days. Regardless if you plan on purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are some things you can do to help keep it operating properly.

Check the temperature setting on the water heater and make sure it’s not higher than 120°F. This will help reduce your energy use (and help decrease your bills) while also evading scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to move away any objects from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance agreement includes a water heater maintenance; and it could even help your water heater operate more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems in the future.

These are just a few ways of how to help get your plumbing ready for spring, but if you are not comfortable completing any of these tasks, please call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and perform your seasonal plumbing maintenance and fix (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.

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