Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already know that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs seasonal HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you realize that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Waldorf homeowners to help them discover issues before they turn into big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and schedule your plumbing maintenance every year, here are a few ways you can get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for plumbing leaks

Inspect your home’s faucets and toilets for any leaks. When you turn off your faucets check around the connections for water dripping out; if there is, installing new fixtures or repairing the leak could help better the faucet’s performance and may even lower your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, examine all accessible pipes for indications of leaks. You can usually access visible pipes in basements and below sinks. 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.

  •       Give your drains some seriously overdue care
Check your toilet for any leaks or cracks in the bowl and the tank. If your toilet appears to be in good shape, go ahead and add about six drops of food coloring into the tank water. Wait half an hour and then look at the bowl. If the bowl is uncolored, you’re in the clear. If the color appears in the bowl, you could have a leak and need to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Remember 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 necessary. A properly running drain shouldn’t release smells 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. After you’ve treated with a common drain cleaner, pour eight pints of water through drains that are not used regularly. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from getting in and smelling up your home.

Your water heater takes great care of you so be sure you’re returning the love. Remember 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 purchase a new one to be sure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for several days. Despite whether or not you plan on replacing your water heater, there are a couple things you can do to help keep it operating properly.

Verify that the temperature is set no higher than 120°F. This will help reduce your energy consumption (and help decrease your bills) while also avoiding scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to remove any objects from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it could actually help your water heater perform more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems from happening.

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

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