Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already understand that your heating and cooling equipment needs annual 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 Canada homeowners to help them locate issues before they become big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and schedule your plumbing maintenance annually, here are a couple ways you can get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for plumbing leaks

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, swapping out the fixtures or repairing the leak could help enhance the faucet’s performance and may even reduce your water bill.

After the faucets, check all exposed pipes for signs of leaks. You can usually 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 long overdue attention
Inspect your toilet for any cracks or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If it seems to be in good working order, go ahead and pour about six drops of food color into the actual tank. Wait half an hour and then look at the bowl. If the bowl water is uncolored, you’re fine. If the dye appears in the bowl, you could have a leak and will want to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t neglect your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it may be a sign that plumbing maintenance is needed. A properly working drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Confirm there are strains inserted in all your drains to avoid hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and causing them to clog. Following treatment with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water into drains that are not used frequently. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from sneaking in and stinking up your home.

Your water heater takes good care of you so ensure you’re returning the kindness. Don’t forget that newer water heaters have more energy efficiency, so if yours is over 15 years old, it may be about time to purchase a new one to be sure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for a week. Whether or not you plan on replacing your water heater, there are a couple things you can do to help keep it running properly.

Check the temperature setting on the water heater and make sure it’s not higher than 120°F. This will help decrease your energy usage (and help reduce your bills) while also preventing scalding. For safety sake, you will want to move away anything from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance agreement includes a water heater maintenance; and it may actually help your water heater operate more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems in the future.

These are just a few ways of how to 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 perform your annual plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help stop) any plumbing problems.

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