Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already know that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs annual HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but were you aware that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Fort Lauderdale homeowners to help them discover issues before they become big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and plan your plumbing maintenance annually, here are three ways you can get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.

  • Verify any plumbing leaks

Inspect both your faucets and toilets for any leaks. Confirm there is no water dripping out of or around the connections when you shut off your faucets. If there is, swapping out the fixtures or repairing the leak could help enhance the faucet’s function and may even lower your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, scan any exposed pipes for signs 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 long overdue attention
Examine your toilet for any cracks or leaks in both the tank and the bowl. If it looks like it’s in good condition, go ahead and put about six drops of food dye into the water in the tank. Wait for about 35 minutes and then look at the bowl. If the bowl water is uncolored, you’re good to go. If the dye appears in the bowl, you might have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
  •       Remember your water heater maintenance
If a stench seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it might be evidence that plumbing maintenance is necessary. A properly operating drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Verify there are strains placed in all your drains to avoid hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a 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 avoid odors from getting in and smelling up your home.

Your water heater takes excellent care of you so make sure you’re returning the favor. Remember that newer water heaters have more energy efficiency, so if yours is more than 15 years old, it is probably about time to invest in a new one in order to ensure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for several days. Whether or not you plan on purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are a few things you can do to help keep it working properly.

Make sure the temperature setting on the equipment is not set higher than 120°F. This will help lower your energy consumption (and help lower your bills) while also avoiding scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to relocate any items from around the water heater. Your yearly Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it may even help your water heater be more efficient and avoid plumbing problems from happening.

These are just a few ways of how to help get your plumbing springtime-ready, but if you are not comfortable performing any of these tasks, you are welcome to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and conduct your annual plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help stop) any plumbing problems.

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