Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already be aware that your heating and AC equipment needs annual HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you realize that you also should have an expert perform your annual plumbing maintenance? Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Indianapolis homeowners to help them uncover issues before they become big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and schedule your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are three ways for you to get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for plumbing leaks

Check your home’s 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 boost the faucet’s function and may even save you money on your water bill.

In addition to faucets, inspect any accessible pipes for indications of leaks. You can typically find visible pipes in the basement and under 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 love
Inspect your toilet for any leaks or cracks in both the tank and the bowl. If your toilet appears to be in good working order, go ahead and put about six drops of food color into the water in the tank. Wait half an hour and then look at the bowl. If the bowl is uncolored, you’re in the clear. If the dye appears in the bowl, you could 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 may be a sign that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Check to make sure there are strains placed in all your drains to stop hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and clogging them up. After you’ve treated with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water down drains that are not used regularly. This will fill the trap and help to prevent odors from getting in and smelling up your home.

Your water heater takes good care of you so ensure 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 could be time to start looking into a new one in order to ensure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for multiple days. Regardless if you plan on replacing your water heater, there are a few things you can do to help keep it operating properly.

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

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

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