Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance
You may already be aware that your heating and cooling equipment needs yearly HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but were you aware that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Philadelphia homeowners to help them find issues before they turn into big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance every year, here are a couple ways for you to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.
- Inspect for leaks
Look at 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, swapping out the fixtures or repairing the leak could help better 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 typically find visible pipes below sinks and down in the basement. 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 love
Check your toilet for any fractures or leaks in both the tank and the bowl. If everything looks like it’s in good shape, go ahead and put about six drops of food coloring into the tank water. Wait for about 35 minutes and then check the bowl. If the water in the bowl is not colored with the dye, you’re in the clear. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you possibly 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 may be an indication that plumbing maintenance is needed. A properly operating drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Check to make sure there are strains inserted in all your drains to avoid hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and causing them to clog. After you’ve treated with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water into drains that are not used regularly. 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 make sure you’re returning the favor. Don’t forget that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, so if yours is over 15 years old, it may be about time to start looking into a new one in order to ensure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for a week. Regardless if you plan on replacing your water heater, there are a few things you can do to help keep it functioning properly.
Verify that the temperature is set no higher than 120°F. This will help lower your energy usage (and help reduce your bills) while also avoiding scalding. For safety sake, you will want to remove anything from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance plan includes a water heater maintenance; and it could even help your water heater be more efficient and avoid plumbing problems from happening.
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, please call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning and we can come out and complete your annual plumbing maintenance and repair (or help stop) any plumbing problems.
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