Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already understand that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs annual 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 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 for leaks

Inspect both 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 function and may even reduce your water bill.

In addition to faucets, inspect all exposed pipes for signs of leaks. You can usually see visible pipes below sinks and down in the basement. In extreme weather pipes can freeze and crack, so springtime is great to make sure the winter weather didn’t damage anything that could cause plumbing problems.

  •       Give your drains some long overdue love
Examine your toilet for any cracks or leaks in both the tank and the bowl. If everything seems to be in good condition, go ahead and pour about six drops of food dye into the tank. Wait half an hour and then check the bowl. If the bowl is uncolored, you’re in the clear. If the dye appears in the bowl, you may have a leak and need to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t neglect your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it could be a sign that plumbing maintenance is necessary. A properly running drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Confirm there are strains placed in all your drains to avoid hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and clogging them up. Once you’ve treated them with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water into drains that are not used regularly. 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 are going to be more energy efficient, so if yours is over 15 years old, it may be about time to purchase a new one to help make sure you don’t have that unexpected 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 decrease your energy consumption (and help decrease your bills) while also preventing scalding. For the purpose of safety, you will want to remove any items from around the water heater. Your yearly Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it could even 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 confident completing any of these tasks, please call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and conduct your seasonal plumbing maintenance and repair (or help stop) any plumbing problems.

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