Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance
You may already be aware that your heating and AC equipment needs seasonal HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you realize 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 discover issues before they turn into big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are three ways to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.
- Check for plumbing leaks
Inspect your home’s 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, installing new 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 signs of leaks. You can typically 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 love
Inspect your toilet for any cracks or leaks in both the tank and the bowl. If your toilet looks like it’s in good working order, go ahead and add about six drops of food coloring into the actual tank. Wait 30 minutes and then peak at the bowl. If the water in the bowl is clear, you’re in the clear. If the color appears in the bowl, you could have a leak and need to call a plumbing expert.
- Don’t neglect your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be drifting up through any of the drains in your home, it could be a sign that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly working drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Confirm there are strains placed in all your drains to stop hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. Once you’ve treated them with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water down drains that are not used frequently. 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 make sure you’re returning the love. Don’t forget that newer water heaters have more energy efficiency, so if yours is over 15 years old, it is probably about time to purchase a new one to help make sure 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 couple things you can do to help keep it running properly.
Verify that the temperature is set no higher than 120°F. This will help decrease your energy use (and help decrease your bills) while also preventing scalding. For the purpose of safety, you will want to move away any items from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it may actually help your water heater run more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems moving forward.
These are just some ways of how you can help get your plumbing ready for the season, but if you are not comfortable performing any of these tasks, always feel free to call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning and we can come out and conduct your seasonal plumbing maintenance and repair (or help stop) any plumbing problems.
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