Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already be aware that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs seasonal HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you realize that you also should have an expert perform your annual plumbing maintenance? Donelson Air Service Experts offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Nashville homeowners to help them find issues before they become big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are a few ways you can get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for plumbing leaks

Check 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 boost the faucet’s performance and may even reduce your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, inspect any accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can typically find 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 long overdue TLC
Examine your toilet for any cracks or leaks in both the bowl and tank. If your toilet appears to be in good shape, go ahead and add about six drops of food dye into the tank water. Wait half an hour and then look at the bowl. If the bowl water is clear, you’re fine. If the color appears in the bowl, you may have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t forget your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be getting in from any of the drains in your home, it could be evidence that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Check to make sure there are strains installed in all your drains to prevent hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. After you’ve treated with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water down drains that are not used regularly. This will fill the trap and help to avoid odors from getting in and filling up your home.

Your water heater takes good care of you so ensure you’re returning the kindness. Remember that newer water heaters are going to be more energy efficient, so if yours is older than 15 years, it could be 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 a couple things you can do to help keep it operating properly.

Make sure the temperature setting on the equipment is not set higher than 120°F. This will help reduce your energy consumption (and help lower your bills) while also evading scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to relocate anything from around the water heater. Your yearly Plumbing PLUS Maintenance plan includes a water heater maintenance; and it could actually help your water heater be more efficient and avoid plumbing problems from happening.

These are just some 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 Donelson Air Service Experts and we can come out and conduct your seasonal plumbing maintenance and fix (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.

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