You may already be aware that your heating and cooling equipment needs annual HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you realize that you also should have an expert perform your annual plumbing maintenance? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Columbus 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 every year, here are a couple ways you can get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.
- Verify any plumbing leaks
Check all your 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 function and may even reduce your water bill.
After the faucets, examine any exposed pipes for indications of leaks. You can usually find 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 TLC
Inspect your toilet for any fractures or leaks in both the bowl and tank. If it seems to be in good shape, go ahead and put about six drops of food coloring into the water in the tank. Wait half an hour and then check the bowl. If the bowl water is not colored with the dye, you’re fine. If the dye appears in the bowl, you might have a leak and need to call a plumbing expert.
- Remember your water heater maintenance
If a stench seems to be getting in from any of the drains in your home, it be a sign that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly running drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Verify there are strains inserted in all your drains to stop hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and clogging them up. Following treatment with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water through drains that are not used regularly. This will fill the trap and help to prevent odors from getting in and smelling up your home.
Your water heater takes good care of you so ensure 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 could be time to invest in a new one in order to ensure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for a week. Whether or not you plan on replacing your water heater, there are a couple 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 reduce your energy usage (and help decrease your bills) while also evading scalding. For the purpose of safety, you will want to remove anything from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it could even help your water heater be more efficient and avoid plumbing problems moving forward.
These are just a couple ways of how you can help get your plumbing ready for spring, 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 complete your yearly plumbing maintenance and fix (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.