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 require annual plumbing maintenance by an expert? D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 all your faucets and toilets for any leaks. Make sure there isn’t any water dripping out of or around the connections when you turn off your faucets. 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.
Once you’ve checked the faucets, examine any accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can usually access visible pipes below sinks and down in the basement. 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
Inspect your toilet for any fractures or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If everything appears to be in good condition, go ahead and put about six drops of food dye into the tank water. Wait 30 minutes and then peak at the bowl. If the bowl water 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.
- Remember your water heater maintenance
If a stench seems to be drifting up through any of the drains in your home, it be a sign that plumbing maintenance is necessary. A properly operating drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Confirm there are strains inserted in all your drains to avoid 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 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 purchase a new one in order to ensure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for a week. Regardless if you plan on replacing your 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 lower your bills) while also preventing scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to remove anything from around the water heater. Your yearly Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it may even help your water heater be more efficient and avoid plumbing problems from happening.
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, you are welcome to call D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and perform your yearly plumbing maintenance and fix (or help stop) any plumbing problems.