Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already understand that your heating and AC equipment needs yearly HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but were you aware that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Fort Myers homeowners to help them uncover issues before they turn into big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and plan your plumbing maintenance annually, here are a couple ways to get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.

  • Inspect for leaks

Inspect all 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, installing new fixtures or repairing the leak could help enhance the faucet’s operation and may even save you money on your water bill.

After the faucets, scan all accessible pipes for indications of leaks. You can often access visible pipes in the basement and under sinks. In extreme weather pipes can freeze and crack, so springtime is great to make sure the winter weather didn’t damage anything that could cause plumbing problems.

  •       Give your drains some much needed attention
Inspect your toilet for any leaks or cracks in both the tank and the bowl. If everything appears to be in good condition, go ahead and put about six drops of food color into the tank water. Wait 30 minutes and then look at the bowl. If the bowl is clear, you’re good to go. If the dye appears in the bowl, you might have a leak and need 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 be an indication that plumbing maintenance is necessary. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Confirm there are strains placed in all your drains to avoid hair and other waste 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 often. This will fill the trap and help to prevent odors from coming in and filling up your home.

Your water heater takes great care of you so ensure you’re returning the kindness. Keep in mind 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 start looking into a new one in order to ensure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for multiple days. Whether or not you plan on investing in a new water heater, there are a few things you can do to help keep it running properly.

Make sure the temperature setting on the equipment is not set higher than 120°F. This will help reduce your energy use (and help reduce your bills) while also avoiding scalding. For safety sake, you will want to move away any items from around the water heater. Your yearly Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it may even help your water heater perform more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems moving forward.

These are just a couple ways of how you could help get your plumbing springtime-ready, but if you are not confident completing any of these tasks, always feel free to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and complete your yearly plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.

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