Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already understand that your heating and cooling equipment needs annual HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you realize that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Saint Charles homeowners to help them uncover issues before they result in big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are a few ways to get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.

  • Verify any plumbing leaks

Look at 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 operation and may even reduce your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, examine all accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can often find visible pipes in basements and below sinks. 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 care
Check your toilet for any leaks or cracks in both the bowl and tank. If your toilet appears to be in good working order, go ahead and pour about six drops of food color into the water in the tank. Wait 30 minutes and then peak at the bowl. If the bowl water is not colored with the dye, you’re fine. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and will want to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t forget your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it might be a sign that plumbing maintenance is necessary. A properly running drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Check to make sure there are strains placed in all your drains to prevent hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and clogging them up. Once you’ve treated them with a common drain cleaner, pour a gallon of water down drains that are not used frequently. This will fill the trap and help to prevent odors from getting in and smelling up your home.

Your water heater takes excellent care of you so make sure you’re returning the favor. Keep in mind that newer water heaters are going to be more energy efficient, so if yours is more than 15 years old, it could be time to purchase a new one in order to ensure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for a week. Regardless if you plan on purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are a couple 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 reduce your bills) while also avoiding scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to remove anything from around the water heater. Your yearly Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it could even help your water heater operate more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems in the future.

These are just a few ways of how you can help get your plumbing ready for the season, but if you are not comfortable performing any of these tasks, please call Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and complete your seasonal plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help stop) any plumbing problems.

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