Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already understand that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs yearly 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 offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Cleveland homeowners to help them uncover issues before they turn into big problems. While we recommend calling immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance every year, here are a couple ways you can get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.

  • Verify any plumbing leaks

Check all your 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, replacing the 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, scan all exposed pipes for evidence of leaks. You can often find visible pipes below sinks and down in the basement. 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 much needed attention
Examine your toilet for any leaks or cracks in both the tank and the bowl. If it appears to be in good working order, go ahead and add about six drops of food dye into the tank water. Wait 30 minutes and then look at the bowl. If the water in the bowl is clear, you’re in the clear. If the color appears in the bowl, you could have a leak and will want to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t forget your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be drifting up through any of the drains in your home, it be a sign that plumbing maintenance is needed. A properly running drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Check to make sure there are strains placed in all your drains to avoid hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and clogging them up. Following treatment with a common drain cleaner, pour a gallon of water through drains that are not used regularly. This will fill the trap and help to prevent odors from getting in and stinking up your home.

Your water heater takes excellent care of you so ensure you’re returning the kindness. Keep in mind that newer water heaters are going to be more energy efficient, so if yours is older than 15 years, it could be time to purchase a new one in order to ensure you don’t have that unexpected burst of cold water for multiple days. Regardless if you plan on investing in a new water heater, there are a couple things you can do to help keep it functioning properly.

Make sure the temperature setting on the equipment is not set higher than 120°F. This will help reduce your energy consumption (and help lower your bills) while also avoiding scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to move away anything from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it may actually help your water heater perform more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems in the future.

These are just a few ways of how you can 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 and we can come out and perform your seasonal plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.

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