Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already understand 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? Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Gaithersburg homeowners to help them find issues before they become big problems. While we recommend calling immediately for plumbing problems and plan your plumbing maintenance every year, here are three ways to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.

  • Verify any plumbing leaks

Look at both your 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, installing new fixtures or repairing the leak could help boost the faucet’s performance and may even reduce your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, scan any accessible pipes for indications of leaks. You can typically see visible pipes in basements and below sinks. 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 both the tank and the bowl. If it seems to be in good condition, go ahead and put about six drops of food dye into the water in the tank. Wait 30 minutes and then check the bowl. If the bowl water is uncolored, you’re good to go. If the dye appears in the bowl, you may have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t forget your water heater maintenance
If a stench seems to be drifting up through any of the drains in your home, it be an indication 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 debris from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. Once you’ve treated them with a common drain cleaner, pour eight pints of water down drains that are not used often. This will fill the trap and help to prevent odors from getting in and filling up your home.

Your water heater takes good care of you so be sure you’re returning the love. Remember that newer water heaters are going to be more energy efficient, so if yours is older than 15 years, it may be about time to invest in a new one to be sure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for multiple days. Despite whether or not you plan on replacing your water heater, there are some 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 lower your energy consumption (and help decrease your bills) while also preventing scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to relocate any objects from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance plan includes a water heater maintenance; and it could actually help your water heater run more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems in the future.

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 Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and perform your seasonal plumbing maintenance and fix (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.

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