Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance
You may already be aware that your heating and cooling equipment needs annual HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but were you aware that you also should have an expert perform your annual plumbing maintenance? Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Philadelphia homeowners to help them uncover issues before they become big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance every year, here are a couple ways you can get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.
- Inspect for leaks
Inspect both 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, replacing the fixtures or repairing the leak could help better the faucet’s performance and may even lower your water bill.
In addition to faucets, examine all accessible pipes for indications 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 long overdue care
Inspect your toilet for any leaks or cracks in both the tank and the bowl. If everything seems to be in good condition, go ahead and add about six drops of food dye into the water in the tank. Wait half an hour and then check the bowl. If the bowl water is clear, you’re fine. If the dye appears in the bowl, you might have a leak and will want to call a plumbing expert.
- Remember your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be drifting up through any of the drains in your home, it might be evidence that plumbing maintenance is necessary. A properly running drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Check to make sure there are strains placed in all your drains to stop hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and clogging them up. Once you’ve treated them 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 avoid odors from sneaking in and stinking up your home.
Your water heater takes excellent care of you so be sure you’re returning the favor. Remember that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, so if yours is over 15 years old, it is probably about time to purchase a new one to be sure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for multiple days. Despite whether or not you plan on purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are some 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 use (and help lower your bills) while also avoiding scalding. For the purpose of safety, you will want to remove any objects from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance agreement includes a water heater maintenance; and it could actually help your water heater operate more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems in the future.
These are just a few ways of how you could help get your plumbing ready for the season, but if you are not confident completing any of these tasks, you are welcome to call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning and we can come out and conduct your annual plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.
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