Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already know that your heating and cooling equipment needs seasonal HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you know that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Grand Island homeowners to help them find issues before they become big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance annually, here are a couple ways to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.

  • Inspect for leaks

Look at 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, replacing the fixtures or repairing the leak could help boost the faucet’s operation and may even lower your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, check all accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can usually find visible pipes in the basement and under 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 TLC
Check your toilet for any cracks or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If it appears to be in good working order, go ahead and add about six drops of food dye into the actual tank. Wait half an hour and then peak at the bowl. If the bowl water is clear, you’re good to go. If the dye appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t forget your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be getting in from any of the drains in your home, it could be evidence that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly working drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Confirm there are strains installed in all your drains to prevent 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 regularly. This will fill the trap and help to avoid odors from coming in and smelling up your home.

Your water heater takes great care of you so ensure you’re returning the favor. 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 invest in a new one to be sure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for a week. Whether or not you plan on investing in a new water heater, there are some things you can do to help keep it operating properly.

Check the temperature setting on the water heater and make sure it’s not higher than 120°F. This will help decrease your energy usage (and help decrease your bills) while also evading scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to move away anything 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 from happening.

These are just a couple ways of how you can help get your plumbing springtime-ready, but if you are not comfortable completing any of these tasks, please call McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and complete your annual plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.

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