Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already know that your heating and cooling equipment needs yearly HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but were you aware that you also require annual plumbing maintenance by an expert? Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Voorhees homeowners to help them find issues before they result in big problems. While we recommend calling immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance annually, here are a few ways you can get your home in tip-top plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for 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, swapping out the fixtures or repairing the leak could help boost the faucet’s performance and may even lower your water bill.

After the faucets, check any accessible pipes for signs of leaks. You can usually see 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 long overdue TLC
Inspect your toilet for any cracks or leaks in both the tank and the bowl. If everything appears to be in good shape, go ahead and put about six drops of food dye into the tank. Wait for about 35 minutes and then look at the bowl. If the bowl water is clear, you’re good to go. If the color appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t forget your water heater maintenance
If a stench seems to be getting in from any of the drains in your home, it could be a sign 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 stop hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. After you’ve treated with a common drain cleaner, pour eight pints of water down drains that are not used regularly. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from coming in and stinking up your home.

Your water heater takes good care of you so ensure you’re returning the favor. Remember 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 invest in a new one to be sure you don’t have that unexpected burst of cold water for several days. Despite 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.

Verify that the temperature is set no higher than 120°F. This will help reduce your energy consumption (and help decrease your bills) while also preventing scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to relocate anything from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance agreement includes a water heater maintenance; and it could even help your water heater run more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems moving forward.

These are just a couple ways of how you can help get your plumbing ready for spring, but if you are not confident performing any of these tasks, please call Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and perform your seasonal plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help stop) any plumbing problems.

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