You know the saying: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, a quick look at your plumbing and HVAC system today can keep the professionals at bay. Your body is a machine, and so is your plumbing, heating, and cooling. Simple, regular checkups can prevent small issues from turning into major repairs — and headaches.
Here are 5 tips to keep your pipes and HVAC system running smoothly all year long.
Fix leaky pipes and faucets.
A leaky pipe is one of the most common examples of a small problem that can turn into a big issue very quickly. By design, the water in our plumbing systems is under constant pressure. This pressure is what allows us to turn a faucet on and off, easily starting and stopping water flow. A leaky pipe could mean that something is about to burst. Repair leaky pipes right away to avoid a plumbing disaster.
Locate and test your main water supply line and main water cut-off valve.
At one point or another, you’ll probably need to shut off water to your home through the main supply line. If a pipe bursts and water starts gushing out, you can avoid turning your bathroom into a lake — and incurring costly flood damage — if you know how to shut off the main supply line. If you are unsure where this is or how it operates, ask your plumber to help you find it and show you how it works.
Locate and test supply valves for sinks, showers and tubs, sprinkler systems, toilets, and large appliances.
As an extra precaution, know where supply valves are located throughout your home so you can cut off water to specific appliances and systems quickly in case of emergency. Note that secondary shut-offs can fail; if that happens, you’ll need to shut off the water from the main line. Be sure to locate your supply valves and test them to make sure they are working properly. If you find a faulty valve, be sure to have it repaired in the event you need to quickly shut off the water.
Change your HVAC’s air filter.
Having a clean filter isn’t just good for your HVAC system, it’s also good for your health. Cleaning the filter regularly will improve air flow and reduce allergens in your home. As a rule of thumb, replace your HVAC filter at least every 90 days. Otherwise, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Regularly inspect your HVAC unit.
At least once a month, do a visual check of your outside HVAC unit. Clear way any leaves or other debris, and make sure the unit is level. Don’t forget to check the unit for damage after big storms. Here are some additional tips in case Denver gets struck by another big hail storm.
As a homeowner, it’s important to know a few basics to ensure your plumbing and HVAC systems stay in tip-top shape. These tips will help you identify and prevent issues before disaster strikes. If you do find yourself needing repairs, Mr. Green Plumbing’s experts are here to help!