Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already know that your heating and AC equipment needs seasonal HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but were you aware that you also should have an expert perform your annual plumbing maintenance? Comfortech Service Experts offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Jackson homeowners to help them find issues before they turn into big problems. While we recommend calling immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance every year, here are a couple ways to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.

  • Inspect for leaks

Check your home’s faucets and toilets for any leaks. Make sure there isn’t any water dripping out of or around the connections when you turn off your faucets. If there is, replacing the fixtures or repairing the leak could help enhance the faucet’s function and may even reduce your water bill.

In addition to faucets, examine any exposed pipes for evidence of leaks. You can usually find visible pipes in basements and below sinks. 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 long overdue care
Inspect your toilet for any leaks or cracks in both the tank and the bowl. If your toilet seems to be in good shape, go ahead and add about six drops of food dye into the actual tank. Wait half an hour and then look at the bowl. If the bowl water is uncolored, you’re in the clear. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you might have a leak and need to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t forget your water heater maintenance
If something foul seems to be getting in from any of the drains in your home, it might be an indication that plumbing maintenance is needed. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release odors 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 down drains that are not used often. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from sneaking in and stinking up your home.

Your water heater takes good care of you so be sure you’re returning the love. Don’t forget that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, so if yours is more than 15 years old, it is probably about time to purchase a new one to help make sure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for several days. Whether or not you plan on purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are a couple things you can do to help keep it operating properly.

Make sure the temperature setting on the equipment is not set higher than 120°F. This will help decrease your energy use (and help reduce your bills) while also preventing scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to remove any items from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance plan includes a water heater maintenance; and it may actually help your water heater perform more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems from happening.

These are just a couple ways of how you could help get your plumbing ready for the season, but if you are not comfortable completing any of these tasks, always feel free to call Comfortech Service Experts and we can come out and complete your yearly plumbing maintenance and repair (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.

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