You may already know that your heating and AC equipment needs yearly HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but were you aware that you also should have an expert perform your annual plumbing maintenance? Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for San Antonio homeowners to help them discover issues before they become big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and schedule your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are three ways to get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.
Look at both your faucets and toilets for any leaks. When you turn off your faucets check around the connections for water dripping out; if there is, replacing the fixtures or repairing the leak could help improve the faucet’s function and may even lower your water bill.
After the faucets, check any accessible pipes for indications of leaks. You can often find 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 seriously overdue care
Check your toilet for any leaks or cracks in the bowl and the tank. If your toilet appears to be in good working order, go ahead and put about six drops of food dye into the actual tank. Wait for about 35 minutes and then look at the bowl. If the water in the bowl is uncolored, you’re in the clear. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and will want to 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 could be a sign that plumbing maintenance is necessary. A properly functioning drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Confirm there are strains installed in all your drains to avoid hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and clogging them up. Following treatment 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 avoid odors from getting in and filling up your home.
Your water heater takes good care of you so be sure you’re returning the kindness. Don’t forget that newer water heaters have more energy efficiency, so if yours is over 15 years old, it is probably about time to purchase a new one to be sure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for a week. Regardless if you plan on replacing your water heater, there are a few things you can do to help keep it running properly.
Check the temperature setting on the water heater and make sure it’s not higher than 120°F. This will help reduce your energy use (and help reduce your bills) while also avoiding scalding. For safety sake, you will want to remove any objects from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it may even help your water heater operate more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems in the future.
These are just a couple ways of how you could help get your plumbing springtime-ready, but if you are not comfortable performing any of these tasks, please call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air and we can come out and conduct your annual plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help stop) any plumbing problems.