Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already know that your heating and AC equipment needs seasonal HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you know that you also should have an expert perform your annual plumbing maintenance? Becht/Givens Service Experts offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Louisville homeowners to help them locate issues before they become big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and schedule your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are a few ways for you to get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.

  • Inspect for leaks

Look at both your faucets and toilets for any leaks. Confirm there is no water dripping out of or around the connections when you shut off your faucets. If there is, swapping out the fixtures or repairing the leak could help improve the faucet’s performance and may even reduce your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, check any accessible pipes for signs of leaks. You can often see visible pipes in basements and below sinks. Extreme weather can cause pipes to freeze and sometimes crack so spring is the ideal time to make sure the winter weather didn’t cause any damage that would result in plumbing problems.

  •       Give your drains some seriously overdue attention
Inspect your toilet for any cracks or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If everything looks like it’s in good shape, go ahead and put about six drops of food coloring into the water in the tank. Wait half an hour and then look at the bowl. If the bowl is not colored with the dye, you’re fine. If the dye appears in the bowl, you may have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t neglect your water heater maintenance
If a stench seems to be getting in from any of the drains in your home, it be evidence that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly working drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Confirm there are strains placed in all your drains to prevent hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. Following treatment with a common drain cleaner, pour eight pints of water into drains that are not used often. This will fill the trap and help to avoid odors from coming in and smelling up your home.

Your water heater takes great care of you so ensure you’re returning the kindness. Keep in mind that newer water heaters have more energy efficiency, so if yours is more than 15 years old, it could be time to start looking into a new one to be sure you don’t have that unexpected 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 lower your energy consumption (and help lower your bills) while also evading scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to move away any items from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it could even help your water heater perform 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 completing any of these tasks, always feel free to call Becht/Givens Service Experts and we can come out and complete your yearly plumbing maintenance and repair (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.

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