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 know that you also should have an expert perform your annual plumbing maintenance? Bob Brown Service Experts offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Tempe homeowners to help them find issues before they result in big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance every year, here are a few ways you can get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.

  • Verify any plumbing 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, swapping out the fixtures or repairing the leak could help enhance the faucet’s function and may even lower your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, scan all accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can typically access 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 seriously overdue care
Inspect your toilet for any leaks or cracks in the bowl and the tank. If it seems to be in good condition, go ahead and add about six drops of food coloring into the actual tank. Wait half an hour and then check the bowl. If the water in the bowl is clear, you’re good to go. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you could have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t forget 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 necessary. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Verify there are strains installed in all your drains to avoid hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and causing them to clog. Following treatment with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water into drains that are not used frequently. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from getting in and filling up your home.

Your water heater takes great care of you so ensure you’re returning the kindness. Remember that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, so if yours is older than 15 years, it may be about time to purchase a new one to help make sure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for multiple days. Whether or not you plan on replacing your water heater, there are a couple things you can do to help keep it running 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 preventing scalding. For safety sake, you will want to relocate anything from around the water heater. Your yearly Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program 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 few ways of how you can help get your plumbing ready for spring, but if you are not comfortable performing any of these tasks, you are welcome to call Bob Brown Service Experts and we can come out and perform your annual plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.

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