Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already know that your heating and AC equipment needs yearly HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but were you aware that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Eveready Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Richmond homeowners to help them locate issues before they become big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and schedule your plumbing maintenance annually, here are a few ways you can get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.

  • Inspect for 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, swapping out the fixtures or repairing the leak could help boost the faucet’s performance and may even save you money on your water bill.

After the faucets, scan all accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can usually find visible pipes in basements and below sinks. 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 much needed TLC
Inspect your toilet for any leaks or cracks in both the tank and the bowl. If everything appears to be in good shape, go ahead and put about six drops of food color into the actual tank. Wait 30 minutes and then check the bowl. If the water in the bowl is uncolored, you’re in the clear. If the color appears in the bowl, you could have a leak and will want to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t neglect 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 operating drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Confirm there are strains placed in all your drains to prevent hair and other waste from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. Following treatment 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 getting in and smelling up your home.

Your water heater takes good care of you so ensure you’re returning the love. Remember that newer water heaters have more energy efficiency, so if yours is older than 15 years, it may be about time to start looking into a new one to help make sure you don’t have that unexpected burst of cold water for multiple days. Whether or not you plan on investing in a new water heater, there are a few things you can do to help keep it working properly.

Make sure the temperature setting on the equipment is not set higher than 120°F. This will help reduce your energy consumption (and help lower your bills) while also evading scalding. For safety sake, you will want to move away any objects from around the water heater. Your annual 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 to help get your plumbing springtime-ready, but if you are not confident completing any of these tasks, always feel free to call Eveready Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and perform your yearly plumbing maintenance and fix (or help stop) any plumbing problems.

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