Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already know that your heating and AC equipment needs annual HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you realize that you also require annual plumbing maintenance by an expert? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Houston homeowners to help them find issues before they become big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and schedule your plumbing maintenance every year, here are three ways for you to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.

  • Inspect for leaks

Inspect both your faucets and toilets for any leaks. When you turn off your faucets check around the connections for water dripping out; if there is, replacing the fixtures or repairing the leak could help enhance the faucet’s function and may even save you money on your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, inspect all exposed pipes for signs of leaks. You can typically see visible pipes below sinks and down in the basement. 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 much needed care
Check your toilet for any leaks or cracks in both the tank and the bowl. If it appears to be in good condition, go ahead and add about six drops of food coloring into the water in the tank. Wait 30 minutes and then peak at the bowl. If the bowl water is clear, you’re fine. If the dye appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and will want to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t forget your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it might be a sign that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly operating 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 causing them to clog. Once you’ve treated them with a common drain cleaner, pour eight pints of water into drains that are not used frequently. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from getting in and filling up your home.

Your water heater takes great care of you so ensure you’re returning the favor. Keep in mind that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, so if yours is more than 15 years old, it could be time to invest in a new one to be sure you don’t have that unexpected burst of cold water for multiple days. Regardless if you plan on replacing your water heater, there are a couple 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 reduce your energy usage (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 could actually help your water heater be more efficient and avoid plumbing problems from happening.

These are just some ways of how to help get your plumbing springtime-ready, but if you are not comfortable performing any of these tasks, always feel free to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and complete your annual plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help stop) any plumbing problems.

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