Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already know that your heating and AC equipment needs yearly HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you know that you also should have an expert perform your annual plumbing maintenance? Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Kansas City homeowners to help them discover issues before they result in big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and plan your plumbing maintenance annually, here are a couple ways for you to get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for plumbing leaks

Inspect both 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 better the faucet’s performance and may even reduce your water bill.

After the faucets, examine all exposed pipes for indications of leaks. You can usually find visible pipes in the basement and under 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 TLC
Examine your toilet for any cracks or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If your toilet seems to be in good condition, go ahead and pour about six drops of food coloring into the water in the tank. Wait for about 35 minutes and then peak at the bowl. If the bowl water is uncolored, you’re good to go. If the dye appears in the bowl, you could have a leak and need to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Remember your water heater maintenance
If a stench seems to be getting in from any of the drains in your home, it might be an indication that plumbing maintenance is necessary. A properly working drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Confirm there are strains inserted in all your drains to stop hair and other waste from spoiling in the pipes and clogging them up. Following treatment with a common drain cleaner, pour eight pints of water into drains that are not used frequently. This will fill the trap and help to avoid odors from seeping in and smelling up your home.

Your water heater takes good care of you so be sure you’re returning the favor. Don’t forget that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, so if yours is more than 15 years old, it could be time to start looking into a new one to help make sure you don’t have that unexpected burst of cold water for multiple days. Whether or not you plan on replacing your water heater, there are a couple 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 consumption (and help lower your bills) while also evading scalding. For safety sake, 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 in the future.

These are just a few ways of how to help get your plumbing ready for spring, but if you are not confident completing any of these tasks, always feel free to call Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing and we can come out and perform your seasonal plumbing maintenance and repair (or help stop) any plumbing problems.

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