You may already know that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs annual HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you realize that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Church Services offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Houston homeowners to help them find issues before they become big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are three ways to get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.
- Verify any plumbing leaks
Check 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, replacing the fixtures or repairing the leak could help improve the faucet’s operation and may even reduce your water bill.
After the faucets, scan any accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can typically find visible pipes in the basement and under sinks. 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 much needed love
Check your toilet for any cracks or leaks in both the tank and the bowl. If your toilet appears to be in good shape, go ahead and put about six drops of food coloring into the actual tank. Wait half an hour and then peak at the bowl. If the bowl is not colored with the dye, you’re good to go. If the dye appears in the bowl, you could have a leak and should call a plumbing expert.
- Don’t forget your water heater maintenance
If a stench seems to be drifting up through any of the drains in your home, it may be an indication that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly running drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Confirm there are strains inserted in all your drains to prevent hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. Once you’ve treated them with a common drain cleaner, pour eight pints of water into drains that are not used frequently. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from coming in and smelling up your home.
Your water heater takes great care of you so make sure you’re returning the favor. Remember that newer water heaters have more energy efficiency, so if yours is more than 15 years old, it could be time to invest in 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 replacing your water heater, there are a few things you can do to help keep it working properly.
Verify that the temperature is set no higher than 120°F. This will help decrease your energy use (and help decrease your bills) while also evading scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to relocate any items from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it could actually help your water heater perform more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems moving forward.
These are just a few ways of how you can help get your plumbing ready for spring, but if you are not comfortable performing any of these tasks, always feel free to call Church Services and we can come out and complete your annual plumbing maintenance and fix (or help stop) any plumbing problems.