You may already know that your heating and cooling equipment needs yearly HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you realize that you also should have an expert perform your annual plumbing maintenance? Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for the U.S. homeowners to help them find issues before they turn into big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance annually, here are a few ways to get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.
Look at 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, replacing the fixtures or repairing the leak could help improve the faucet’s function and may even save you money on your water bill.
In addition to faucets, inspect any exposed pipes for evidence of leaks. You can often access 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.
Check your toilet for any leaks or cracks in the bowl and the tank. If everything appears to be in good condition, go ahead and pour about six drops of food coloring into the actual tank. Wait for about 35 minutes and then look at the bowl. If the water in the bowl is uncolored, you’re fine. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and need to call a plumbing expert.
If an unpleasant odor seems to be getting in from any of the drains in your home, it could be an indication that plumbing maintenance is needed. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Check to make sure there are strains placed in all your drains to avoid hair and other waste from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. After you’ve treated with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water down drains that are not used frequently. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from seeping in and smelling up your home.
Your water heater takes good care of you so ensure you’re returning the love. Keep in mind that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, so if yours is older than 15 years, it could be time to start looking into a new one in order to ensure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for several days. Regardless if you plan on purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are a couple things you can do to help keep it running properly.
Verify that the temperature is set no higher than 120°F. This will help decrease your energy usage (and help reduce your bills) while also avoiding scalding. For the purpose of safety, you will want to move away any objects from around the water heater. Your annual 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 few ways of how you can help get your plumbing springtime-ready, but if you are not confident performing any of these tasks, you are welcome to call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing and we can come out and conduct your seasonal plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help stop) any plumbing problems.
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