Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already know that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs seasonal HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you realize that you also should have an expert perform your annual plumbing maintenance? Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Mobile homeowners to help them discover issues before they become big problems. While we recommend calling immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are a couple ways for you to get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.

  • Verify any plumbing leaks

Inspect both your faucets and toilets for any leaks. When you turn off your faucets check around the connections for water dripping out; if there is, installing new fixtures or repairing the leak could help boost the faucet’s operation and may even reduce your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, scan all exposed pipes for indications of leaks. You can usually see visible pipes below sinks and down in the basement. In extreme weather pipes can freeze and crack, so springtime is great to make sure the winter weather didn’t damage anything that could cause plumbing problems.

  •       Give your drains some seriously overdue TLC
Check your toilet for any fractures or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If it appears to be in good working order, go ahead and put about six drops of food color into the actual tank. Wait for about 35 minutes and then check the bowl. If the water in the bowl is uncolored, you’re in the clear. If the dye appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
  •       Remember your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it may be a sign that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Verify there are strains installed in all your drains to avoid hair and other waste 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 frequently. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from sneaking in and filling up your home.

Your water heater takes good care of you so ensure you’re returning the love. Don’t forget that newer water heaters are going to be more energy efficient, so if yours is over 15 years old, it may be about time to purchase a new one in order to ensure you don’t have that unexpected burst of cold water for multiple days. Regardless if you plan on purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are a few things you can do to help keep it operating 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 evading scalding. For the purpose of safety, you will want to move away any objects from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance agreement includes a water heater maintenance; and it could even help your water heater perform more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems in the future.

These are just some ways of how you can help get your plumbing ready for the season, but if you are not confident performing any of these tasks, please call Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and perform your yearly plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.

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