You may already understand that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs yearly HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you know that you also should have an expert perform your annual plumbing maintenance? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Girard homeowners to help them find issues before they become big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and schedule your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are three ways for you to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.
- Verify any plumbing leaks
Inspect 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 operation and may even lower your water bill.
In addition to faucets, examine any accessible pipes for indications of leaks. You can usually see visible pipes in the basement and under 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 seriously overdue TLC
Check your toilet for any leaks or cracks in the bowl and the tank. If it looks like it’s in good working order, go ahead and put about six drops of food coloring into the actual tank. Wait 30 minutes and then look at the bowl. If the water in the bowl is uncolored, you’re fine. If the dye appears in the bowl, you might 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 evidence that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly operating drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Confirm there are strains placed in all your drains to avoid hair and other waste from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. Following treatment with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water down drains that are not used regularly. This will fill the trap and help to prevent odors from seeping in and stinking up your home.
Your water heater takes great care of you so be sure you’re returning the kindness. Remember that newer water heaters are going to be more energy efficient, so if yours is over 15 years old, it is probably about time to start looking into a new one to be sure you don’t have that unexpected burst of cold water for several days. Regardless if you plan on replacing your 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 usage (and help lower your bills) while also preventing scalding. For the purpose of safety, 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 may even help your water heater run more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems in the future.
These are just a couple ways of how you can help get your plumbing ready for the season, but if you are not confident performing any of these tasks, you are welcome to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and complete your annual plumbing maintenance and fix (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.