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 know that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Oklahoma City homeowners to help them uncover issues before they become big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and schedule your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are a couple ways you can get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.

  • Inspect for leaks

Check both 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, installing new fixtures or repairing the leak could help enhance the faucet’s function and may even lower your water bill.

After the faucets, examine all accessible pipes for signs of leaks. You can often find visible pipes in basements and below 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 much needed care
Inspect your toilet for any leaks or cracks in both the tank and the bowl. If your toilet looks like it’s in good condition, go ahead and add about six drops of food color into the water in the tank. Wait 30 minutes and then check the bowl. If the bowl water is uncolored, you’re fine. If the color 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 a stench seems to be drifting up through any of the drains in your home, it be evidence that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly operating drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Verify there are strains installed in all your drains to stop hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. Once you’ve treated them with a common drain cleaner, pour eight pints of water down drains that are not used often. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from getting in and smelling up your home.

Your water heater takes excellent care of you so ensure you’re returning the kindness. Remember that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, so if yours is over 15 years old, it could be time to invest in a new one to help make sure you don’t have that unexpected burst of cold water for several days. Despite whether or not you plan on purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are a couple things you can do to help keep it running properly.

Verify that the temperature is set no higher than 120°F. This will help decrease your energy consumption (and help decrease your bills) while also evading scalding. For safety sake, you will want to remove anything from around the water heater. Your yearly Plumbing PLUS Maintenance agreement includes a water heater maintenance; and it could actually help your water heater run more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems moving forward.

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

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