The Expert’s Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance Published on May 20, 2016 You may already understand that your heating and cooling equipment needs seasonal HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you know that you also need to call an expert for annual plumbing maintenance? Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Salt Lake City homeowners to help them discover issues before they result in big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance annually, here are three ways to get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.Verify any plumbing leaks Check all your 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, installing new 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, scan any accessible pipes for indications of leaks. You can usually access visible pipes in basements and below sinks. In extreme weather pipes can freeze and crack, so springtime is great to make sure the winter weather didn’t damage anything that could cause plumbing problems. Give your drains some seriously overdue TLCExamine your toilet for any fractures or leaks in both the bowl and tank. If your toilet seems to be in good working order, go ahead and add about six drops of food color into the water in the tank. Wait for about 35 minutes and then peak at the bowl. If the bowl water is clear, you’re good to go. If the dye appears in the bowl, you might have a leak and should call a plumbing expert. Don’t forget your water heater maintenanceIf a stench seems to be getting in from any of the drains in your home, it could be evidence that plumbing maintenance is needed. A properly working drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Check to make sure there are strains installed in all your drains to avoid hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and clogging them up. After you’ve treated with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water into drains that are not used frequently. This will fill the trap and help to prevent odors from seeping in and filling up your home. Your water heater takes excellent care of you so be sure you’re returning the love. Keep in mind that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, so if yours is more than 15 years old, it is probably about time to start looking into a new one to help make sure you don’t have that unpredicted burst of cold water for multiple days. Whether or not you plan on replacing your water heater, there are a few 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 preventing scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to remove anything from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance agreement includes a water heater maintenance; and it may even help your water heater operate more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems from happening. These are just a couple ways of how you can help get your plumbing ready for the season, but if you are not comfortable completing any of these tasks, please call Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and perform your yearly plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help prevent) any plumbing problems.