You may already be aware that your heating and AC equipment needs yearly HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but were you aware that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Windsor homeowners to help them locate issues before they turn into big problems. While we recommend calling immediately for plumbing problems and plan your plumbing maintenance every year, here are a few ways for you to get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.
Inspect 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, installing new fixtures or repairing the leak could help improve the faucet’s operation and may even save you money on your water bill.
After the faucets, scan any exposed pipes for indications of leaks. You can usually see visible pipes below sinks and down in the basement. 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 love
Inspect your toilet for any leaks or cracks in both the tank and the bowl. If your toilet appears to be in good shape, go ahead and put about six drops of food coloring into the actual tank. Wait half an hour and then peak at the bowl. If the bowl water is clear, you’re in the clear. If the color appears in the bowl, you might have a leak and will want to call a plumbing expert.
- Don’t neglect your water heater maintenance
If a stench seems to be drifting up through any of the drains in your home, it might be a sign that plumbing maintenance is needed. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Verify there are strains placed in all your drains to prevent hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and causing them to clog. After you’ve treated with a common drain cleaner, pour eight pints of water through drains that are not used often. This will fill the trap and help to avoid odors from coming in and stinking 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 a higher efficiency, so if yours is over 15 years old, it may be about time to invest in a new one in order to ensure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for a week. Whether or not you plan on investing in a new water heater, there are a couple things you can do to help keep it functioning 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 usage (and help reduce your bills) while also evading scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to relocate any objects from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it could even help your water heater operate more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems in the future.
These are just some ways of how you can help get your plumbing ready for spring, but if you are not comfortable performing any of these tasks, you are welcome to call Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts and we can come out and conduct your yearly plumbing maintenance and repair (or help stop) any plumbing problems.