Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already understand that your heating and AC 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? Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Pierre 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 for you to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.

  • Inspect for leaks

Inspect 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, installing new fixtures or repairing the leak could help improve the faucet’s function and may even lower your water bill.

After the faucets, examine any accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can typically access visible pipes below sinks and down in the basement. 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 cracks or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If it looks like it’s in good working order, go ahead and add about six drops of food coloring into the tank water. Wait for about 35 minutes and then check the bowl. If the bowl water is uncolored, you’re fine. If the color appears in the bowl, you might have a leak and need to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t neglect your water heater maintenance
If something foul seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it may be evidence that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Confirm there are strains installed in all your drains to prevent hair and other waste from spoiling in the pipes and clogging them up. After you’ve treated with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water down drains that are not used regularly. This will fill the trap and help to prevent odors from coming in and filling up your home.

Your water heater takes great care of you so make sure you’re returning the kindness. Remember that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, so if yours is older than 15 years, it is probably about time to start looking into a new one in order to ensure you don’t have that unpredicted 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 working properly.

Verify that the temperature is set no higher than 120°F. This will help decrease your energy consumption (and help decrease your bills) while also evading scalding. For the purpose of safety, you will want to relocate anything from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it may even help your water heater be more efficient and avoid plumbing problems moving forward.

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, please call Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and perform your yearly plumbing maintenance and repair (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.

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