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 know that you also should have an expert perform your annual plumbing maintenance? Bob Brown Service Experts offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Tempe homeowners to help them find issues before they result in big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and schedule your plumbing maintenance every year, here are a few ways to get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.

  • Verify any plumbing leaks

Check your home’s 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, swapping out the fixtures or repairing the leak could help better the faucet’s performance and may even lower your water bill.

In addition to faucets, inspect all accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can typically access visible pipes in basements and below 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 seriously overdue care
Check your toilet for any leaks or cracks in the bowl and the tank. If it seems to be in good condition, go ahead and add about six drops of food coloring into the actual tank. Wait half an hour and then look at the bowl. If the water in the bowl is clear, you’re in the clear. 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 something foul seems to be drifting up through any of the drains in your home, it could be an indication that plumbing maintenance is necessary. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Verify there are strains placed in all your drains to avoid hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and causing them to clog. Following treatment with a common drain cleaner, pour a gallon of water down drains that are not used frequently. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from getting in and filling up your home.

Your water heater takes good care of you so ensure you’re returning the kindness. Keep in mind 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 unexpected burst of cold water for multiple days. Regardless if you plan on replacing your water heater, there are a couple 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 use (and help reduce your bills) while also preventing scalding. For safety sake, you will want to relocate anything from around the water heater. Your yearly Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it may actually help your water heater perform more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems from happening.

These are just a couple ways of how you can help get your plumbing springtime-ready, but if you are not comfortable performing any of these tasks, you are welcome to call Bob Brown Service Experts and we can come out and perform your yearly plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.

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