Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already be aware that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs annual HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but were you aware that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Columbia homeowners to help them uncover issues before they turn into big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance annually, here are three ways you can get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for plumbing leaks

Look at 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 better the faucet’s performance and may even save you money on your water bill.

After the faucets, examine any accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can typically see 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 much needed care
Examine your toilet for any leaks or cracks in the bowl and the tank. If your toilet seems to be in good working order, go ahead and add about six drops of food dye into the tank. Wait for about 35 minutes and then check the bowl. If the water in the bowl is clear, you’re in the clear. If the color appears in the bowl, you might have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t forget your water heater maintenance
If a stench seems to be getting in from any of the drains in your home, it might be an indication that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly running drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Verify there are strains placed in all your drains to avoid hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and causing them to clog. Following treatment with a common drain cleaner, pour eight pints of water through drains that are not used often. This will fill the trap and help to prevent odors from getting in and stinking up your home.

Your water heater takes excellent care of you so ensure you’re returning the kindness. Keep in mind 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 in order to ensure you don’t have that unexpected burst of cold water for a week. Despite whether or not you plan on replacing your water heater, there are a few things you can do to help keep it functioning 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 consumption (and help lower your bills) while also avoiding scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to move away any objects from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it may even help your water heater run more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems from happening.

These are just a couple ways of how to help get your plumbing springtime-ready, but if you are not comfortable performing any of these tasks, always feel free to call Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and perform your yearly plumbing maintenance and repair (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.

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