You may already understand that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs seasonal HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you know that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Naples homeowners to help them discover issues before they result in big problems. While we recommend calling immediately for plumbing problems and plan your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are a couple ways for you to get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.
Inspect 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, swapping out the fixtures or repairing the leak could help better the faucet’s performance and may even reduce your water bill.
In addition to faucets, scan all exposed pipes for indications of leaks. You can typically see 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 long overdue love
Examine your toilet for any fractures or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If everything seems to be in good condition, go ahead and pour about six drops of food dye into the tank. Wait 30 minutes and then look at the bowl. If the bowl water is uncolored, you’re in the clear. If the dye appears in the bowl, you may have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
- Don’t neglect your water heater maintenance
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 necessary. A properly running drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Confirm there are strains installed in all your drains to avoid hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and causing them to clog. Once you’ve treated them with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water down drains that are not used often. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from getting in and filling up your home.
Your water heater takes excellent care of you so ensure 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 could be time to purchase a new one in order to ensure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for multiple days. Whether or not you plan on replacing your water heater, there are some things you can do to help keep it operating properly.
Verify that the temperature is set no higher than 120°F. This will help lower your energy use (and help lower your bills) while also avoiding scalding. For the purpose of safety, you will want to remove any items from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it may even help your water heater operate more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems from happening.
These are just a few ways of how you could help get your plumbing springtime-ready, but if you are not confident performing any of these tasks, please call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and conduct your seasonal plumbing maintenance and fix (or help stop) any plumbing problems.