Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already understand that your heating and cooling equipment needs annual HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you know that you also require annual plumbing maintenance by an expert? Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Fort Wayne homeowners to help them locate issues before they become big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and plan your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are a couple ways you can get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for plumbing leaks

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

After the faucets, inspect all exposed pipes for evidence of leaks. You can often see 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 long overdue TLC
Check your toilet for any leaks or cracks in both the tank and the bowl. If everything looks like it’s in good condition, go ahead and pour about six drops of food coloring into the water in the tank. Wait 30 minutes and then look at the bowl. If the water in the bowl is clear, you’re in the clear. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t neglect your water heater maintenance
If a stench seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it might be an indication that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly working drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Verify there are strains installed in all your drains to prevent hair and other waste from spoiling in the pipes and clogging them up. Following treatment 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 prevent odors from coming in and filling up your home.

Your water heater takes great care of you so make sure you’re returning the love. Keep in mind that newer water heaters have more energy efficiency, so if yours is over 15 years old, it may be about time to start looking into a new one to be sure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for a week. Regardless if you plan on purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are a few 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 reduce 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 program includes a water heater maintenance; and it could actually help your water heater operate more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems moving forward.

These are just a few 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 Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and complete your annual plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help stop) any plumbing problems.

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