Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already know that your heating and cooling 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? Stark Services offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Haltom City homeowners to help them discover issues before they turn into big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and plan your plumbing maintenance every year, here are three ways to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.

  • Verify any plumbing leaks

Check your home’s 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 boost the faucet’s operation and may even save you money on your water bill.

In addition to faucets, examine any accessible pipes for signs of leaks. You can usually access 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 seriously overdue attention
Examine your toilet for any fractures or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If your toilet appears to be in good working order, go ahead and put about six drops of food color into the actual tank. Wait half an hour and then check the bowl. If the bowl water is not colored with the dye, you’re fine. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you might have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t forget your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it might be evidence that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Verify there are strains inserted 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 into drains that are not used regularly. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from getting in and smelling up your home.

Your water heater takes great care of you so make sure you’re returning the favor. Don’t forget 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 to be sure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for a week. Whether or not you plan on purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are a few things you can do to help keep it functioning properly.

Make sure the temperature setting on the equipment is not set higher than 120°F. This will help reduce your energy usage (and help decrease your bills) while also evading scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to relocate any items from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it could even help your water heater be more efficient and avoid plumbing problems from happening.

These are just a couple ways of how to help get your plumbing ready for spring, but if you are not confident performing any of these tasks, please call Stark Services and we can come out and conduct your yearly plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.

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