You may already understand that your heating and air conditioning 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? D.A. Bennett Service Experts offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Albany homeowners to help them uncover issues before they result in big problems. While we recommend calling immediately for plumbing problems and plan your plumbing maintenance annually, here are three ways you can get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.
Look at 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 boost the faucet’s operation and may even save you money on your water bill.
In addition to faucets, examine any accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can usually find 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.
- Give your drains some seriously overdue care
Check your toilet for any fractures or leaks in both the tank and the bowl. If everything appears to be in good condition, go ahead and add about six drops of food dye into the tank water. Wait half an hour and then peak at the bowl. If the bowl is not colored with the dye, you’re good to go. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you might have a leak and will want to call a plumbing expert.
- Don’t forget 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 necessary. A properly operating drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Check to make sure there are strains inserted in all your drains to prevent hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and clogging them up. Following treatment with a common drain cleaner, pour a gallon of water into drains that are not used frequently. This will fill the trap and help to prevent odors from getting in and filling up your home.
Your water heater takes excellent care of you so make sure you’re returning the love. Don’t forget that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, so if yours is older than 15 years, it could be time to purchase 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 investing in a new water heater, there are some things you can do to help keep it running properly.
Make sure the temperature setting on the equipment is not set higher than 120°F. This will help reduce your energy usage (and help decrease your bills) while also avoiding scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to remove anything from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it could even help your water heater be more efficient and avoid plumbing problems from happening.
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 D.A. Bennett Service Experts and we can come out and perform your yearly plumbing maintenance and repair (or help stop) any plumbing problems.