Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already be aware that your heating and AC equipment needs yearly HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you know that you also require annual plumbing maintenance by an expert? Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Sharonville homeowners to help them discover issues before they turn into big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and schedule your plumbing maintenance annually, here are three ways you can get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for plumbing leaks

Look at all 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, installing new fixtures or repairing the leak could help improve the faucet’s operation and may even reduce your water bill.

In addition to faucets, check any exposed pipes for signs of leaks. You can usually find 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 much needed attention
Check your toilet for any cracks or leaks in both the bowl and tank. If it appears to be in good shape, go ahead and put about six drops of food coloring into the water in the tank. Wait for about 35 minutes and then check the bowl. If the water in the bowl is uncolored, you’re in the clear. If the color appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
  •       Remember your water heater maintenance
If a stench seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it be a sign that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly running drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Verify there are strains placed in all your drains to avoid hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and clogging them up. Following treatment with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water through drains that are not used often. This will fill the trap and help to prevent odors from coming in and stinking up your home.

Your water heater takes good care of you so ensure you’re returning the kindness. Remember that newer water heaters have more energy efficiency, so if yours is more than 15 years old, it may be about time to start looking into a new one in order to ensure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for multiple days. Regardless if you plan on investing in a new water heater, there are a few 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 lower your energy use (and help decrease your bills) while also avoiding scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to move away anything from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance plan includes a water heater maintenance; and it may even help your water heater perform more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems moving forward.

These are just a couple ways of how you can help get your plumbing springtime-ready, but if you are not confident completing any of these tasks, you are welcome to call Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and perform your annual plumbing maintenance and fix (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.

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