You may already know that your heating and cooling equipment needs seasonal HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but were you aware that you also require annual plumbing maintenance by an expert? Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for the U.S. homeowners to help them uncover issues before they turn into big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance every year, here are three ways to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.
Inspect both your 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, replacing the fixtures or repairing the leak could help boost the faucet’s function and may even reduce your water bill.
In addition to faucets, inspect any accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can usually 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.
Inspect your toilet for any cracks or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If your toilet seems to be in good working order, go ahead and add about six drops of food dye into the tank. Wait for about 35 minutes and then peak at the bowl. If the water in the bowl is not colored with the dye, you’re fine. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and will want to call a plumbing expert.
If something foul 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 inserted in all your drains to prevent hair and other waste from spoiling in the pipes and clogging them up. After you’ve treated with a common drain cleaner, pour eight pints of water through drains that are not used frequently. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from seeping in and filling up your home.
Your water heater takes great care of you so ensure you’re returning the love. Keep in mind that newer water heaters are going to be more energy efficient, so if yours is over 15 years old, it is probably about time to invest in a new one in order to ensure you don’t have that unexpected burst of cold water for several days. Whether or not you plan on investing in a new water heater, there are a couple 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 decrease your energy consumption (and help decrease your bills) while also evading scalding. For the purpose of safety, you will want to relocate anything from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance agreement includes a water heater maintenance; and it could even help your water heater operate more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems in the future.
These are just some ways of how you could help get your plumbing ready for the season, but if you are not comfortable performing any of these tasks, you are welcome to call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing and we can come out and conduct your annual plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help stop) any plumbing problems.
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