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 need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Calverley Service Experts offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Fort Worth homeowners to help them discover issues before they become big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and plan your plumbing maintenance every year, here are a couple ways you can get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.
- Verify any plumbing leaks
Check your home’s 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, replacing the fixtures or repairing the leak could help better the faucet’s function and may even reduce your water bill.
In addition to faucets, inspect any exposed pipes for evidence 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 long overdue love
Check your toilet for any cracks or leaks in both the tank and the bowl. If it looks like it’s in good working order, go ahead and pour about six drops of food dye into the tank. Wait half an hour and then check the bowl. If the bowl is uncolored, you’re good to go. If the color appears in the bowl, you might have a leak and need to call a plumbing expert.
- Remember your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be drifting up through any of the drains in your home, it may be evidence that plumbing maintenance is necessary. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Verify there are strains placed in all your drains to stop hair and other waste 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 regularly. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from getting in and smelling up your home.
Your water heater takes great care of you so make sure you’re returning the kindness. Don’t forget that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, so if yours is older than 15 years, it may be about time to purchase a new one to be sure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for a week. Regardless if you plan on replacing your water heater, there are a few things you can do to help keep it running properly.
Verify that the temperature is set no higher than 120°F. This will help lower your energy use (and help lower your bills) while also evading scalding. For safety sake, you will want to remove any items from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance plan includes a water heater maintenance; and it could even help your water heater operate more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems from happening.
These are just a few ways of how you could help get your plumbing ready for the season, but if you are not comfortable performing any of these tasks, you are welcome to call Calverley Service Experts and we can come out and perform your annual plumbing maintenance and fix (or help stop) any plumbing problems.