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 realize that you also require annual plumbing maintenance by an expert? 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 arrange for your plumbing maintenance every year, here are a few ways for you to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.

  • Inspect for 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 enhance the faucet’s operation and may even reduce your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, examine all exposed pipes for indications of leaks. You can usually find visible pipes below sinks and down in the basement. Sometimes pipes can freeze and then crack so spring is the perfect time to make sure the winter weather didn’t cause any damage or plumbing problems.

  •       Give your drains some much needed care
Examine your toilet for any fractures or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If everything appears to be in good working order, go ahead and add 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 good to go. If the dye appears in the bowl, you could have a leak and need to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Remember your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be getting in from any of the drains in your home, it may be an indication that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly working drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Confirm there are strains inserted in all your drains to avoid hair and other waste from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. After you’ve treated with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water into drains that are not used regularly. This will fill the trap and help to avoid odors from seeping in and smelling up your home.

Your water heater takes excellent care of you so ensure you’re returning the love. Keep in mind that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, 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.

Make sure the temperature setting on the equipment is not set higher than 120°F. This will help reduce your energy usage (and help decrease your bills) while also avoiding scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to remove any items from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance plan includes a water heater maintenance; and it may 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 repair (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.

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