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 realize that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Livermore homeowners to help them locate issues before they become big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are a few ways for you to get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for plumbing leaks

Inspect both your faucets and toilets for any leaks. When you turn off your faucets check around the connections for water dripping out; if there is, replacing the fixtures or repairing the leak could help enhance the faucet’s function and may even save you money on your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, check any accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can often access 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 seriously overdue TLC
Check your toilet for any fractures or leaks in both the bowl and tank. If everything seems to be in good working order, go ahead and put about six drops of food coloring into the water in the tank. Wait 30 minutes and then peak at the bowl. If the bowl water is clear, you’re in the clear. If the color appears in the bowl, you may have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
  •       Remember your water heater maintenance
If a stench seems to be drifting up through any of the drains in your home, it be a sign that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Verify there are strains placed in all your drains to stop hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and clogging them up. Following treatment with a common drain cleaner, pour a gallon of water down drains that are not used frequently. This will fill the trap and help to avoid odors from sneaking in and filling up your home.

Your water heater takes good care of you so make sure you’re returning the favor. Remember that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, so if yours is over 15 years old, it is probably about time to start looking into a new one to help make sure you don’t have that unexpected burst of cold water for multiple days. Despite whether or not you plan on purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are some things you can do to help keep it running 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. For the purpose of safety, you will want to move away 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 run more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems from happening.

These are just some ways of how you can 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 complete your yearly plumbing maintenance and repair (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.

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