Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already understand that your heating and AC equipment needs seasonal HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you know that you also require annual plumbing maintenance by an expert? Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Hilton Head Island homeowners to help them discover issues before they become big problems. While we recommend calling immediately for plumbing problems and plan your plumbing maintenance every year, here are a couple ways for you to get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for plumbing leaks

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

Once you’ve checked the faucets, inspect all exposed pipes for indications of leaks. You can usually find visible pipes in the basement and under sinks. 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 seriously overdue attention
Check your toilet for any cracks or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If it looks like it’s in good working order, go ahead and pour about six drops of food coloring into the tank water. Wait half an hour 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 could have a leak and need to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t neglect your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be getting in from any of the drains in your home, it might be a sign that plumbing maintenance is needed. A properly working drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Verify there are strains installed in all your drains to prevent hair and other waste from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. Once you’ve treated them 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 seeping in and filling up your home.

Your water heater takes excellent care of you so be sure you’re returning the love. Remember that newer water heaters have more energy efficiency, so if yours is older than 15 years, it is probably about time to start looking into a new one in order to ensure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for a week. Whether or not you plan on replacing your water heater, there are a few things you can do to help keep it operating 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 usage (and help reduce your bills) while also avoiding scalding. For the purpose of safety, you will want to relocate anything from around the water heater. Your yearly Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it could actually help your water heater be more efficient and avoid plumbing problems from happening.

These are just some ways of how you could help get your plumbing ready for spring, but if you are not comfortable completing any of these tasks, always feel free to call Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and complete your annual plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.

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