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 realize that you also require annual plumbing maintenance by an expert? 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 we recommend calling immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance annually, here are three ways you can get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for plumbing leaks

Look at 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, replacing the fixtures or repairing the leak could help boost the faucet’s performance and may even save you money on your water bill.

In addition to faucets, check any exposed pipes for signs 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 both the tank and the bowl. If everything appears to be in good shape, go ahead and add about six drops of food coloring into the tank water. Wait half an hour and then look at the bowl. If the bowl 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 needed. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Check to make sure 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 into drains that are not used often. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from sneaking 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 a higher efficiency, so if yours is older than 15 years, it may be about time to invest in a new one to be sure you don’t have that unexpected 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 evading scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to move away any objects 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 in the future.

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 repair (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.

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