Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already be aware that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs yearly HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you know that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Gainesville homeowners to help them find issues before they turn into big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and plan your plumbing maintenance annually, here are three ways for you to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.

  • Inspect for leaks

Look at both 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 operation and may even save you money on your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, inspect any exposed pipes for signs of leaks. You can typically see 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 long overdue attention
Check your toilet for any leaks or cracks in both the tank and the bowl. If everything looks like it’s in good working order, go ahead and pour about six drops of food dye into the water in the tank. Wait 30 minutes and then check the bowl. If the water in the bowl is uncolored, you’re good to go. If the dye appears in the bowl, you may have a leak and need to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t neglect your water heater maintenance
If a stench seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it might be an indication that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly running drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Verify there are strains installed in all your drains to prevent hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and causing them to clog. Following treatment with a common drain cleaner, pour a gallon of water through drains that are not used regularly. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from seeping in and stinking up your home.

Your water heater takes great care of you so ensure you’re returning the love. Remember that newer water heaters have more energy efficiency, so if yours is over 15 years old, it is probably about time to start looking into a new one to be sure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for multiple days. Whether or not you plan on purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are some 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 lower your energy usage (and help decrease your bills) while also preventing scalding. For the purpose of safety, you will want to move away any objects from around the water heater. Your yearly Plumbing PLUS Maintenance agreement includes a water heater maintenance; and it may even help your water heater run more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems in the future.

These are just a few ways of how to help get your plumbing ready for the season, but if you are not confident performing any of these tasks, always feel free to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and complete your seasonal plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help stop) any plumbing problems.

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