Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already be aware 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? Service Experts Commercial HVAC offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Toronto homeowners to help them locate issues before they result in big problems. While we recommend calling immediately for plumbing problems and schedule your plumbing maintenance annually, here are three ways for you to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for plumbing leaks

Check 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 operation and may even reduce your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, examine all exposed pipes for signs of leaks. You can typically access visible pipes in the basement and under 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 long overdue care
Examine your toilet for any cracks or leaks in both the tank and the bowl. If your toilet looks like it’s in good working order, go ahead and put about six drops of food color into the actual tank. Wait for about 35 minutes and then peak at the bowl. If the bowl water is clear, you’re in the clear. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t forget your water heater maintenance
If something foul seems to be getting in from any of the drains in your home, it may be an indication that plumbing maintenance is needed. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Check to make sure there are strains inserted in all your drains to prevent hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. After you’ve treated with a common drain cleaner, pour a gallon of water down drains that are not used often. This will fill the trap and help to prevent odors from coming in and stinking up your home.

Your water heater takes excellent care of you so ensure you’re returning the love. Remember that newer water heaters are going to be more energy efficient, so if yours is more than 15 years old, it may be about time to purchase a new one to help make sure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for multiple days. Despite whether or not you plan on investing in a new water heater, there are some 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 reduce your energy usage (and help decrease your bills) while also avoiding scalding. For safety sake, you will want to remove any objects from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance agreement includes a water heater maintenance; and it could even help your water heater perform more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems moving forward.

These are just some ways of how you can help get your plumbing ready for spring, but if you are not confident completing any of these tasks, always feel free to call Service Experts Commercial HVAC and we can come out and complete your seasonal plumbing maintenance and fix (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.

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