You may already be aware that your heating and cooling equipment needs seasonal HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you know 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 discover issues before they become big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and plan your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are a few ways for you to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.
Inspect all 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, installing new fixtures or repairing the leak could help better the faucet’s operation and may even lower your water bill.
After the faucets, examine any exposed pipes for indications of leaks. You can usually see 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.
Examine your toilet for any fractures or leaks in both the bowl and tank. If it looks like it’s in good shape, go ahead and add about six drops of food dye into the actual tank. Wait half an hour and then look at the bowl. If the bowl is uncolored, you’re good to go. If the color appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
If a stench seems to be getting in from any of the drains in your home, it may be evidence that plumbing maintenance is necessary. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Check to make sure there are strains installed in all your drains to stop hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. After you’ve treated with a common drain cleaner, pour a gallon of water down drains that are not used regularly. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from sneaking in and smelling up your home.
Your water heater takes excellent care of you so ensure you’re returning the favor. Remember that newer water heaters are going to be more energy efficient, so if yours is more than 15 years old, it is probably about time to start looking into a new one to be sure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for multiple days. Regardless if you plan on replacing your water heater, there are some things you can do to help keep it working properly.
Verify that the temperature is set no higher than 120°F. This will help decrease your energy usage (and help lower your bills) while also evading scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to remove any items 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 operate more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems from happening.
These are just a couple 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 Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing and we can come out and perform your yearly plumbing maintenance and repair (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.
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