You may already know that your heating and cooling equipment needs yearly 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 Longmont homeowners to help them uncover issues before they become big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and plan your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are three ways to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.
- Verify any plumbing leaks
Check all your faucets and toilets for any leaks. Make sure there isn’t any water dripping out of or around the connections when you turn off your faucets. If there is, replacing the fixtures or repairing the leak could help boost the faucet’s performance and may even lower your water bill.
After the faucets, examine any exposed pipes for indications of leaks. You can often see 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
Examine your toilet for any leaks or cracks in both the bowl and tank. If it looks like it’s in good condition, go ahead and put about six drops of food dye into the tank water. Wait 30 minutes and then check the bowl. If the bowl water is uncolored, you’re good to go. If the color appears in the bowl, you could have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
- Don’t neglect your water heater maintenance
If something foul seems to be drifting up through any of the drains in your home, it be evidence that plumbing maintenance is necessary. A properly working drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Verify there are strains inserted in all your drains to stop hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. After you’ve treated with a common drain cleaner, pour eight pints of water into drains that are not used regularly. This will fill the trap and help to avoid odors from sneaking in and filling up your home.
Your water heater takes good care of you so be sure you’re returning the favor. Keep in mind that newer water heaters are going to be more energy efficient, so if yours is more than 15 years old, it is probably 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. Whether or not you plan on investing in a new water heater, there are a few things you can do to help keep it running properly.
Check the temperature setting on the water heater and make sure it’s not higher than 120°F. This will help lower your energy consumption (and help lower your bills) while also evading scalding. For safety sake, you will want to relocate 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 run more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems from happening.
These are just some ways of how you could help get your plumbing springtime-ready, 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 perform your annual plumbing maintenance and fix (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.