The Expert’s Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance Published on May 20, 2016 You may already be aware that your heating and cooling equipment needs seasonal HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but were you aware that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Salt Lake City homeowners to help them uncover issues before they result in big problems. While you should always call for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are a few ways to get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.Check for plumbing leaks Check 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, swapping out the fixtures or repairing the leak could help improve the faucet’s operation and may even save you money on your water bill. Once you’ve checked the faucets, check all accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can often access visible pipes in basements and below 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 seriously overdue loveInspect your toilet for any leaks or cracks 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 color into the tank. Wait half an hour and then look at the bowl. If the water in the bowl is not colored with the dye, you’re in the clear. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you might have a leak and will want to call a plumbing expert. Don’t forget your water heater maintenanceIf a stench seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it might be evidence that plumbing maintenance is required. 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 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 often. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from sneaking in and filling up your home. Your water heater takes excellent care of you so make sure you’re returning the love. Don’t forget that newer water heaters have a higher 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 purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are a couple things you can do to help keep it functioning properly. Check the temperature setting on the water heater and make sure it’s not higher than 120°F. This will help decrease your energy usage (and help lower your bills) while also avoiding scalding. For safety sake, 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 confident completing any of these tasks, you are welcome to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and perform your seasonal plumbing maintenance and fix (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.