You may already know that your heating and cooling equipment needs seasonal HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but were you aware 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 arrange for your plumbing maintenance annually, here are a few ways to get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.
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 improve the faucet’s function and may even save you money on your water bill.
Once you’ve checked the faucets, check any accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can usually access visible pipes in the basement and under 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.
Check your toilet for any cracks or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If everything seems to be in good shape, go ahead and add about six drops of food coloring into the tank. Wait 30 minutes and then check the bowl. If the bowl is clear, you’re fine. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you may have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
If an unpleasant odor seems to be drifting up through any of the drains in your home, it could be a sign that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly running drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Check to make sure there are strains installed in all your drains to avoid hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and clogging them up. Once you’ve treated them with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water down drains that are not used often. 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 make sure you’re returning the love. Keep in mind that newer water heaters have more energy efficiency, so if yours is more than 15 years old, it is probably about time to invest in a new one in order to ensure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for a week. Whether or not you plan on replacing your water heater, there are some things you can do to help keep it working properly.
Check the temperature setting on the water heater and make sure it’s not higher than 120°F. This will help reduce your energy consumption (and help reduce your bills) while also preventing scalding. For safety sake, you will want to move away any objects from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance plan includes a water heater maintenance; and it may actually help your water heater be more efficient and avoid plumbing problems in the future.
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, please call Calverley Service Experts and we can come out and complete your seasonal plumbing maintenance and repair (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.
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