Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already understand that your heating and cooling equipment needs annual HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you know that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? R & M Climate Control Service Experts offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Knoxville homeowners to help them locate issues before they result in big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are a few ways you can get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.

  • Inspect for leaks

Look at both your faucets and toilets for any leaks. When you turn off your faucets check around the connections for water dripping out; if there is, installing new fixtures or repairing the leak could help enhance the faucet’s function and may even reduce your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, scan any accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can often access visible pipes in basements and below sinks. 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 TLC
Inspect your toilet for any cracks or leaks in both the bowl and tank. If everything seems to be in good working order, go ahead and put about six drops of food color into the tank. Wait 30 minutes and then check the bowl. If the bowl water is not colored with the dye, you’re good to go. If the color appears in the bowl, you might have a leak and will want to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Remember your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be drifting up through any of the drains in your home, it might be an indication that plumbing maintenance is necessary. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Confirm there are strains installed in all your drains to stop hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and clogging them up. After you’ve treated with a common drain cleaner, pour eight pints of water down drains that are not used frequently. This will fill the trap and help to prevent odors from getting in and stinking up your home.

Your water heater takes excellent care of you so make sure you’re returning the favor. Remember that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, so if yours is over 15 years old, it is probably about time to purchase a new one to be sure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for multiple days. Regardless if you plan on purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are a couple things you can do to help keep it functioning 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 consumption (and help lower your bills) while also evading scalding. For the purpose of safety, you will want to remove any items from around the water heater. Your yearly Plumbing PLUS Maintenance agreement includes a water heater maintenance; and it may actually help your water heater run more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems in the future.

These are just a few ways of how you could help get your plumbing springtime-ready, but if you are not comfortable performing any of these tasks, always feel free to call R & M Climate Control Service Experts and we can come out and perform your annual plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help stop) any plumbing problems.

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