The Expert’s Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance Published on May 20, 2016 You may already be aware that your heating and AC equipment needs yearly HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you know that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Ogden homeowners to help them locate issues before they result in big problems. While we recommend calling immediately for plumbing problems and plan your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are three ways for you to get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.Check for plumbing leaks Check both 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, swapping out the fixtures or repairing the leak could help boost the faucet’s function and may even lower your water bill. In addition to faucets, examine any accessible pipes for indications of leaks. You can usually access 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 loveExamine your toilet for any leaks or cracks in both the bowl and tank. If everything seems to be in good condition, go ahead and pour about six drops of food dye into the tank. Wait half an hour and then look at the bowl. If the bowl water is clear, you’re in the clear. If the food coloring appears in the bowl, you possibly have a leak and should call a plumbing expert. Remember your water heater maintenanceIf a stench seems to be drifting up through any of the drains in your home, it could be an indication that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly operating drain shouldn’t release a stench into the air. Confirm there are strains inserted in all your drains to avoid hair and other waste from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. Following treatment with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water through drains that are not used frequently. This will fill the trap and help to avoid odors from getting 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 more energy efficiency, so if yours is older than 15 years, it could be time to purchase a new one to be sure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for multiple days. Despite whether or not you plan on replacing your water heater, there are some things you can do to help keep it functioning properly. Verify that the temperature is set no higher than 120°F. This will help lower your energy consumption (and help reduce your bills) while also preventing scalding. For safety sake, you will want to remove anything from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it could even help your water heater be more efficient and avoid plumbing problems moving forward. These are just a few ways of how you could help get your plumbing springtime-ready, but if you are not comfortable performing any of these tasks, always feel free to call Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and complete your seasonal plumbing maintenance and repair (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.