Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already be aware that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs seasonal HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you realize that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Strand Brothers Service Experts offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Austin homeowners to help them uncover issues before they turn into big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance every year, here are three ways to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.

  • Inspect for leaks

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, swapping out the fixtures or repairing the leak could help enhance the faucet’s function and may even save you money on your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, examine any exposed pipes for signs of leaks. You can usually access 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 much needed care
Inspect your toilet for any cracks or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If it seems to be in good shape, go ahead and put about six drops of food color into the water in the tank. Wait half an hour and then check the bowl. If the bowl water is not colored with the dye, you’re in the clear. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you could have a leak and will want to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t forget your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be getting in from any of the drains in your home, it might be an indication that plumbing maintenance is needed. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Confirm there are strains installed in all your drains to prevent hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and causing them to clog. Once you’ve treated them with a common drain cleaner, pour eight pints of water into drains that are not used regularly. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from coming in and stinking up your home.

Your water heater takes good care of you so make sure you’re returning the kindness. Keep in mind that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, so if yours is older than 15 years, it may be about time to start looking into a new one in order to ensure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for multiple days. Regardless if you plan on investing in a new water heater, there are a couple 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 decrease your energy use (and help reduce your bills) while also preventing scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to move away any objects from around the water heater. Your yearly Plumbing PLUS Maintenance plan includes a water heater maintenance; and it may even help your water heater perform more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems in the future.

These are just some ways of how to help get your plumbing springtime-ready, but if you are not confident completing any of these tasks, always feel free to call Strand Brothers Service Experts and we can come out and perform your yearly plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help stop) any plumbing problems.

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