You may already understand that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs annual HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you realize that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Wesley Wood Service Experts offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for West Chester homeowners to help them locate issues before they turn into big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance every year, here are three ways to get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.
Look at all your faucets and toilets for any leaks. When you turn off your faucets check around the connections for water dripping out; if there is, swapping out the fixtures or repairing the leak could help boost the faucet’s operation and may even lower your water bill.
In addition to faucets, examine any accessible pipes for signs of leaks. You can usually see 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 much needed love
Check your toilet for any cracks or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If it seems to be in good condition, go ahead and pour about six drops of food coloring into the tank. Wait for about 35 minutes and then look at the bowl. If the bowl water is not colored with the dye, you’re in the clear. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you may have a leak and will want to call a plumbing expert.
- Remember your water heater maintenance
If something foul seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it may be an indication that plumbing maintenance is needed. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Confirm there are strains inserted in all your drains to avoid hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. Following treatment with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water into 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 great care of you so make sure you’re returning the love. Remember that newer water heaters have more energy efficiency, so if yours is more than 15 years old, it may be about time to start looking into a new one to be sure you don’t have that unexpected burst of cold water for a week. Despite whether or not you plan on purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are a few 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 lower your energy use (and help reduce your bills) while also preventing scalding. For the purpose of safety, you will want to remove any items from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program 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 couple 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 Wesley Wood Service Experts and we can come out and complete your seasonal plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help stop) any plumbing problems.