You may already know that your heating and AC equipment needs annual HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you realize that you also require annual plumbing maintenance by an expert? Finch Air Conditioning & Heating offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for La Porte homeowners to help them find issues before they become big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance every year, here are a few ways you can get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.
Look at 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 enhance the faucet’s operation and may even reduce your water bill.
After the faucets, examine any exposed pipes for evidence of leaks. You can typically find visible pipes in the basement and under 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
Check your toilet for any leaks or cracks in the bowl and the tank. If it appears to be in good working order, go ahead and pour about six drops of food dye into the tank water. Wait 30 minutes and then peak at the bowl. If the water in the bowl is not colored with the dye, you’re good to go. If the color appears in the bowl, you may have a leak and need 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 a sign that plumbing maintenance is needed. A properly working drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Check to make sure there are strains placed in all your drains to stop hair and other waste from spoiling in the pipes and causing them to clog. Once you’ve treated them 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 getting in and stinking up your home.
Your water heater takes good care of you so make sure you’re returning the love. Keep in mind that newer water heaters are going to be more energy efficient, so if yours is older than 15 years, 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 several days. Whether or not you plan on replacing your water heater, there are some 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 use (and help lower your bills) while also avoiding scalding. For the purpose of safety, you will want to relocate any objects from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance plan 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 ready for the season, but if you are not comfortable completing any of these tasks, always feel free to call Finch Air Conditioning & Heating and we can come out and perform your seasonal plumbing maintenance and fix (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.