You may already be aware that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs seasonal HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but were you aware that you also should have an expert perform your annual plumbing maintenance? Teays Valley Service Experts offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Hurricane homeowners to help them find issues before they turn into big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are three ways to get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.
- Verify any plumbing leaks
Look at your home’s faucets and toilets for any leaks. Confirm there is no water dripping out of or around the connections when you shut off your faucets. If there is, installing new fixtures or repairing the leak could help enhance the faucet’s performance and may even save you money on your water bill.
Once you’ve checked the faucets, inspect all exposed pipes for evidence 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 much needed attention
Inspect your toilet for any fractures or leaks in both the bowl and tank. If everything appears to be in good condition, go ahead and pour about six drops of food dye into the tank. Wait half an hour and then look at the bowl. If the water in the bowl is not colored with the dye, you’re good to go. If the color appears in the bowl, you could have a leak and will want to call a plumbing expert.
- Remember your water heater maintenance
If something foul seems to be getting in from any of the drains in your home, it be a sign that plumbing maintenance is needed. A properly operating drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Check to make sure there are strains installed in all your drains to avoid hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and causing them to clog. After you’ve treated 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 prevent odors from getting in and smelling up your home.
Your water heater takes excellent care of you so make sure you’re returning the kindness. Don’t forget that newer water heaters have a higher 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 unexpected burst of cold water for several days. Regardless if you plan on purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are a few things you can do to help keep it working 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 lower your bills) while also evading scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to relocate any items from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance plan includes a water heater maintenance; and it may even help your water heater operate more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems moving forward.
These are just a couple ways of how you could help get your plumbing ready for the season, but if you are not comfortable completing any of these tasks, you are welcome to call Teays Valley Service Experts and we can come out and conduct your annual plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.