Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already know that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs yearly HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you realize that you also require annual plumbing maintenance by an expert? Falso Service Experts offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for East Syracuse homeowners to help them locate issues before they result in big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and plan your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are a couple ways you can get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for plumbing leaks

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

In addition to faucets, examine all accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can usually find visible pipes below sinks and down in the basement. Extreme weather can cause pipes to freeze and sometimes crack so spring is the ideal time to make sure the winter weather didn’t cause any damage that would result in plumbing problems.

  •       Give your drains some long overdue love
Examine your toilet for any leaks or cracks in the bowl and the tank. If everything seems to be in good shape, go ahead and put about six drops of food color into the tank. Wait half an hour and then look at the bowl. If the water in the bowl is not colored with the dye, you’re in the clear. If the dye appears in the bowl, you could have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t neglect your water heater maintenance
If an unpleasant odor seems to be getting in from any of the drains in your home, it may be an indication that plumbing maintenance is necessary. A properly operating drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Confirm there are strains placed in all your drains to stop hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and causing them to clog. Following treatment with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water through drains that are not used regularly. This will fill the trap and help to avoid odors from seeping in and stinking up your home.

Your water heater takes great care of you so be sure you’re returning the love. Keep in mind that newer water heaters are going to be more energy efficient, so if yours is over 15 years old, it is probably about time to start looking into a new one in order to ensure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for several days. Regardless if you plan on investing in a new water heater, there are a few things you can do to help keep it running properly.

Make sure the temperature setting on the equipment is not set higher than 120°F. This will help lower your energy usage (and help lower your bills) while also avoiding scalding. For the purpose of safety, you will want to remove any objects from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it may even help your water heater run more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems in the future.

These are just a couple ways of how you could help get your plumbing ready for spring, but if you are not comfortable performing any of these tasks, please call Falso Service Experts and we can come out and conduct your seasonal plumbing maintenance and repair (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.

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