Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already be aware that your heating and AC equipment needs annual HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but were you aware that you also require annual plumbing maintenance by an expert? Winnipeg Supply Service Experts offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Winnipeg homeowners to help them discover issues before they result in big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and plan your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are a few ways you can get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.

  • Check for plumbing leaks

Inspect 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 function and may even save you money on your water bill.

In addition to faucets, check any exposed pipes for evidence of leaks. You can usually see visible pipes below sinks and down in the basement. 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 the bowl and the tank. If it looks like it’s in good shape, 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 bowl water is not colored with the dye, you’re good to go. If the color appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and need to 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 could be a sign that plumbing maintenance is needed. A properly running drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Check to make sure there are strains inserted in all your drains to stop hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. Following treatment with a common drain cleaner, pour eight pints of water down drains that are not used often. 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 be sure you’re returning the favor. Don’t forget that newer water heaters have more energy efficiency, so if yours is older than 15 years, it is probably about time to invest in a new one to be sure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for a week. Regardless if you plan on purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are some things you can do to help keep it running properly.

Verify that the temperature is set no higher than 120°F. This will help decrease your energy usage (and help decrease your bills) while also evading scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to remove any objects from around the water heater. Your annual Plumbing PLUS Maintenance plan includes a water heater maintenance; and it could even help your water heater perform more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems in the future.

These are just a couple ways of how to help get your plumbing ready for spring, but if you are not comfortable performing any of these tasks, always feel free to call Winnipeg Supply Service Experts and we can come out and perform your seasonal plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.

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