The Expert’s Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance Published on May 20, 2016 You may already know that your heating and cooling equipment needs annual HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but were you aware that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Hammond Plumbing & Heating offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Kitchener homeowners to help them locate issues before they become big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance every year, here are a few ways you can get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.Inspect for leaks Inspect all your faucets and toilets for any leaks. Confirm there is no water dripping out of or around the connections when you shut off your faucets. If there is, installing new fixtures or repairing the leak could help improve the faucet’s function and may even lower your water bill. After the faucets, scan all accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can typically find 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 long overdue careExamine your toilet for any leaks or cracks in the bowl and the tank. If everything looks like it’s in good condition, 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 fine. If the color appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and should call a plumbing expert. Don’t neglect your water heater maintenanceIf something foul 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 working drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Verify there are strains installed 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 through drains that are not used often. This will fill the trap and help to avoid odors from sneaking 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 a higher efficiency, so if yours is over 15 years old, it could be time to start looking into a new one to be sure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for multiple days. Regardless if you plan on investing in a new 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 reduce your energy consumption (and help lower your bills) while also avoiding scalding. For safety sake, you will want to relocate any objects from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it may actually help your water heater be more efficient and avoid plumbing problems in the future. These are just a few ways of how you can help get your plumbing springtime-ready, but if you are not confident performing any of these tasks, you are welcome to call Hammond Plumbing & Heating and we can come out and perform your annual plumbing maintenance and repair (or help stop) any plumbing problems.