You may already understand that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs yearly HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you realize that you also should have an expert perform your annual plumbing maintenance? Strogen's Service Experts offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Rochester homeowners to help them find issues before they result in big problems. While we recommend calling immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance annually, here are a couple ways for you to get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.
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, installing new fixtures or repairing the leak could help enhance the faucet’s performance and may even reduce your water bill.
After the faucets, examine any accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can typically see visible pipes in basements and below sinks. 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 attention
Check your toilet for any cracks or leaks in both the bowl and tank. If it looks like it’s in good shape, go ahead and add about six drops of food coloring into the actual tank. Wait half an hour and then check the bowl. If the water in the bowl is clear, you’re good to go. If the dye appears in the bowl, you might have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
- Don’t neglect your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be drifting up through any of the drains in your home, it might be evidence that plumbing maintenance is necessary. A properly working drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Verify there are strains inserted in all your drains to avoid hair and other waste from spoiling in the pipes and clogging them up. After you’ve treated with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water down drains that are not used frequently. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from getting in and stinking up your home.
Your water heater takes great care of you so make sure you’re returning the favor. Keep in mind that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, so if yours is older than 15 years, 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 several days. Despite whether or not you plan on investing in a new water heater, there are a few things you can do to help keep it running 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 usage (and help decrease your bills) while also avoiding scalding. For the purpose of safety, you will want to remove anything from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance plan includes a water heater maintenance; and it may actually help your water heater operate more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems in the future.
These are just a few ways of how you can help get your plumbing springtime-ready, but if you are not confident completing any of these tasks, always feel free to call Strogen's Service Experts and we can come out and complete your yearly plumbing maintenance and fix (or help stop) any plumbing problems.