Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already be aware that your heating and cooling equipment needs seasonal HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you know that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Peachtree Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Atlanta homeowners to help them find issues before they turn into big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and schedule your plumbing maintenance annually, here are a couple ways for you to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for plumbing leaks

Check all your 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, swapping out the fixtures or repairing the leak could help better the faucet’s function and may even reduce your water bill.

After the faucets, scan any exposed pipes for evidence of leaks. You can usually access 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 TLC
Inspect your toilet for any leaks or cracks in both the tank and the bowl. If it seems to be in good shape, go ahead and add about six drops of food dye into the tank. Wait 30 minutes and then look at the bowl. If the water in the bowl is clear, you’re good to go. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
  •       Remember your water heater maintenance
If something foul seems to be drifting up through any of the drains in your home, it might be a sign that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly running drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Confirm there are strains inserted in all your drains to avoid hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. After you’ve treated 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 avoid odors from getting in and filling up your home.

Your water heater takes good care of you so make sure you’re returning the love. Keep in mind that newer water heaters have more energy efficiency, so if yours is over 15 years old, it could be time to purchase 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 purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are some things you can do to help keep it operating properly.

Verify that the temperature is set no higher than 120°F. This will help lower your energy usage (and help lower your bills) while also avoiding scalding. For safety sake, you will want to move away any objects from around the water heater. Your yearly Plumbing PLUS Maintenance plan includes a water heater maintenance; and it could actually help your water heater be more efficient and avoid plumbing problems in the future.

These are just a couple ways of how you could help get your plumbing springtime-ready, but if you are not confident performing any of these tasks, please call Peachtree Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and complete your annual plumbing maintenance and fix (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.

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