Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already be aware 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? Norrell Service Experts offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Birmingham homeowners to help them find issues before they result in big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and schedule your plumbing maintenance every year, here are a few ways to get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for plumbing leaks

Inspect both your 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, swapping out the fixtures or repairing the leak could help boost the faucet’s function and may even lower your water bill.

Once you’ve checked the faucets, scan any accessible pipes for indications of leaks. You can often see visible pipes below sinks and down in the basement. 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 long overdue care
Check your toilet for any cracks or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If it appears to be in good working order, go ahead and put about six drops of food color into the tank water. Wait half an hour and then peak at the bowl. If the water in the bowl is uncolored, you’re good to go. If the dye appears in the bowl, you may have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
  •       Remember 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 necessary. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Verify there are strains placed in all your drains to stop hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and causing them to clog. Once you’ve treated them with a common drain cleaner, pour a gallon of water through drains that are not used often. This will fill the trap and help to avoid odors from getting in and smelling up your home.

Your water heater takes good care of you so be sure you’re returning the love. Don’t forget that newer water heaters are going to be more energy efficient, so if yours is more than 15 years old, it is probably about time to start looking into a new one to help make sure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for several days. Despite whether or not you plan on investing in a new water heater, there are a couple things you can do to help keep it running properly.

Verify that the temperature is set no higher than 120°F. This will help reduce your energy consumption (and help lower your bills) while also evading scalding. For the purpose of safety, 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 actually help your water heater be more efficient and avoid plumbing problems from happening.

These are just a couple ways of how you could help get your plumbing ready for the season, but if you are not comfortable performing any of these tasks, you are welcome to call Norrell Service Experts and we can come out and complete your seasonal plumbing maintenance and repair (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.

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