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 West Palm Beach homeowners to help them uncover issues before they become big problems. While we recommend calling immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance annually, here are three ways for you to get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.

  • Inspect for leaks

Look at 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, installing new fixtures or repairing the leak could help boost the faucet’s performance and may even reduce your water bill.

In addition to faucets, scan all accessible pipes for signs of leaks. You can often 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 long overdue TLC
Examine your toilet for any cracks or leaks in both the bowl and tank. If everything looks like it’s in good working order, go ahead and put about six drops of food dye into the actual tank. Wait 30 minutes and then check the bowl. If the water in the bowl is uncolored, you’re in the clear. If the dye 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 an unpleasant odor seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it may be a sign that plumbing maintenance is needed. A properly working drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Check to make sure there are strains installed in all your drains to avoid hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. Following treatment with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water down drains that are not used often. This will fill the trap and help to prevent odors from seeping in and stinking up your home.

Your water heater takes good care of you so be sure you’re returning the love. Don’t forget that newer water heaters are going to be more energy efficient, so if yours is over 15 years old, it may be about time to invest in 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.

Verify that the temperature is set no higher than 120°F. This will help lower your energy consumption (and help reduce your bills) while also evading scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to remove anything from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance plan includes a water heater maintenance; and it may actually help your water heater perform more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems in the future.

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

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