Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already know that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs annual 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 Denver homeowners to help them find issues before they become big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance annually, here are a few ways you can get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.

  • Verify any plumbing leaks

Check your home’s 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 save you money on your water bill.

In addition to faucets, scan any exposed pipes for indications of leaks. You can usually find 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 seriously overdue TLC
Check your toilet for any leaks or cracks in both the tank and the bowl. If it seems to be in good condition, go ahead and pour about six drops of food color into the tank. Wait half an hour and then look at the bowl. If the water in the bowl is uncolored, you’re good to go. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and need to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t forget your water heater maintenance
If a stench seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it be an indication that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly running 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 debris from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. Following treatment 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 filling up your home.

Your water heater takes excellent care of you so ensure 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 may be about time to invest in a new one to be sure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for a week. Regardless if you plan on investing in a new water heater, there are some things you can do to help keep it working properly.

Check the temperature setting on the water heater and make sure it’s not higher than 120°F. This will help lower your energy use (and help decrease your bills) while also preventing scalding. For safety sake, you will want to relocate anything from around the water heater. Your yearly Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program 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 some ways of how you can help get your plumbing ready for spring, but if you are not comfortable performing any of these tasks, you are welcome to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and perform your annual plumbing maintenance and fix (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.

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