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 Shreveport homeowners to help them find issues before they result in big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance annually, here are a few ways to get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.

  • Inspect for leaks

Check your home’s faucets and toilets for any leaks. When you turn off your faucets check around the connections for water dripping out; if there is, installing new fixtures or repairing the leak could help boost the faucet’s function and may even lower your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, check all exposed pipes for indications of leaks. You can usually see visible pipes in basements and below sinks. Extreme weather can cause pipes to freeze and sometimes crack so spring is the ideal time to make sure the winter weather didn’t cause any damage that would result in plumbing problems.

  •       Give your drains some long overdue care
Check your toilet for any leaks or cracks in the bowl and the tank. If your toilet appears to be in good condition, go ahead and put about six drops of food dye into the water in the 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 color appears in the bowl, you may have a leak and will want to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t forget your water heater maintenance
If something foul seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it could be a sign that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly working drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Confirm there are strains installed in all your drains to prevent hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and clogging them up. After you’ve treated with a common drain cleaner, pour eight pints of water down drains that are not used often. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from sneaking in and stinking up your home.

Your water heater takes excellent care of you so be sure you’re returning the favor. Remember that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, so if yours is more than 15 years old, it could be time to invest in a new one to be sure you don’t have that unexpected burst of cold water for a week. Regardless if you plan on purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are a few things you can do to help keep it working 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 evading scalding. For safety sake, you will want to move away any objects from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it could even help your water heater operate more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems moving forward.

These are just some ways of how you could help get your plumbing ready for the season, but if you are not comfortable completing any of these tasks, please call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and perform your annual plumbing maintenance and fix (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.

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