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 were you aware that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Coastal Service Experts offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Savannah homeowners to help them discover issues before they become big problems. While we recommend calling immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are a few ways you can get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.

  • Inspect for leaks

Inspect both your 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, swapping out the fixtures or repairing the leak could help better the faucet’s operation and may even lower your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, scan all accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can usually access visible pipes below sinks and down in the basement. 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 attention
Examine your toilet for any leaks or cracks in both the bowl and tank. If it seems to be in good condition, go ahead and put about six drops of food color into the tank. Wait half an hour and then look at the bowl. If the bowl water is clear, you’re in the clear. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you could have a leak and need to 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 evidence that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly operating drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Confirm there are strains installed in all your drains to stop hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. Once you’ve treated them with a common drain cleaner, pour a gallon of water through drains that are not used frequently. This will fill the trap and help to avoid odors from getting in and smelling up your home.

Your water heater takes good care of you so ensure you’re returning the love. Remember that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, so if yours is over 15 years old, it could be time to invest in a new one to help make sure 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.

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 preventing scalding. For safety sake, you will want to relocate any objects from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it could actually help your water heater operate more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems in the future.

These are just a few ways of how to help get your plumbing ready for spring, but if you are not comfortable performing any of these tasks, you are welcome to call Coastal Service Experts and we can come out and complete your annual plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.

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