Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already be aware 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 Ocala homeowners to help them find issues before they turn into big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance annually, here are a few ways you can get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for plumbing leaks

Look at 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 enhance the faucet’s operation and may even reduce your water bill.

After the faucets, check all accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can typically find visible pipes in the basement and under sinks. 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 much needed TLC
Examine your toilet for any cracks or leaks in both the tank and the bowl. If it seems to be in good shape, go ahead and put about six drops of food color into the actual tank. Wait 30 minutes and then look at the bowl. If the bowl water is not colored with the dye, you’re in the clear. If the dye appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t forget your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be getting in from any of the drains in your home, it be an indication that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly operating drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Verify there are strains inserted in all your drains to prevent hair and other waste from spoiling in the pipes and causing them to clog. After you’ve treated 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 filling up your home.

Your water heater takes great care of you so be sure you’re returning the favor. Don’t forget that newer water heaters are going to be more energy efficient, so if yours is older than 15 years, it is probably about time to invest in a new one to help make sure 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 functioning properly.

Check the temperature setting on the water heater and make sure it’s not higher than 120°F. This will help decrease your energy use (and help decrease your bills) while also preventing scalding. For the purpose of safety, you will want to move away anything from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance agreement includes a water heater maintenance; and it could even help your water heater perform 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 performing any of these tasks, always feel free to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and conduct your seasonal plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.

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