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 were you aware that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? TML Service Experts offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Boise homeowners to help them uncover issues before they turn into big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance every year, here are three ways to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.

  • Verify any plumbing leaks

Look at your home’s faucets and toilets for any leaks. Confirm there is no water dripping out of or around the connections when you shut off your faucets. If there is, swapping out the fixtures or repairing the leak could help improve the faucet’s function and may even reduce your water bill.

In addition to faucets, inspect all accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can often see visible pipes in the basement and under 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 long overdue care
Inspect your toilet for any cracks or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If your toilet looks like it’s in good working order, go ahead and pour about six drops of food coloring into the tank water. Wait half an hour and then check the bowl. If the bowl water is clear, you’re fine. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and will want to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t forget your water heater maintenance
If something foul seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it be an indication that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Verify there are strains installed in all your drains to avoid hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. Following treatment 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 stop odors from getting in and stinking up your home.

Your water heater takes excellent care of you so be sure you’re returning the love. Don’t forget that newer water heaters have more energy efficiency, so if yours is older than 15 years, it may be about time to invest in a new one to help make sure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for a week. Regardless if you plan on replacing your water heater, there are some 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 decrease your energy consumption (and help lower your bills) while also evading scalding. For the purpose of safety, you will want to remove anything from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it could even help your water heater run more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems from happening.

These are just a couple ways of how you could help get your plumbing ready for spring, but if you are not confident completing any of these tasks, please call TML 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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