Out of sight can mean out of mind, but like other home maintenance needs, a proactive approach to your home’s plumbing offers significant savings and advantages. Consider these facts:
- Leaky faucets can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water each year
- A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons of water every day
- Most plumbing repair calls are to unclog drains
All of these problems are completely avoidable. With a little maintenance, you can prevent little problems as well as big ones.
Annual Plumbing Maintenance Programs from Bel Red
When Bel Red performs annual plumbing maintenance for your home, we are very thorough. Here’s what we do:
- Inspect for leaks and corrosion in exposed pipes
- Test household water pressure for indications of sediment buildup or problems with water lines or valves
- Inspect and clean water heater burners
- Inspect water heater vent pipes for safe operation
- Drain and flush water heater to remove sediment buildup
- Check each sink, shower and tub drain for slow drainage that can indicate a clog or blocked vent pipe
- Check the flushing handle and inside parts of toilets to ensure they are working properly
- Inspect caulking around tubs, sinks and toilets
- Test gaskets and seals in toilets for water wasting leaks
- Inspect washing machine hoses for cracks or leaks
- Check garbage disposals for leaks or damage
This proactive program can save you a lot of money and distress. Call us today for complete details on Bel Red’s proactive plumbing maintenance program.
The Value and Savings That Plumbing Maintenance Provides
Proper care of your plumbing equipment is integral to the life of your system. Homeowners can often take water heaters, toilets, faucets and drains for granted…until they quit working on you when you least expect it. By scheduling regular plumbing maintenance, you can save money and frustration in the long run.
Benefits of Regular Plumbing Maintenance:
- Ensures smooth-running of systems
- Access to the latest water and energy conservation techniques
- Prevention of water temperature spikes
- Protective warranties and guarantees
- Practical advice and suggestions
- Assures that your plumbing is up to code and safe
Plumbing Maintenance Packages
Hot Water Tank Maintenance
Flushing and draining your hot water heater at least once a year is an important maintenance item every home owner should have on their household checklist. This is critical because it extends the life of your water heating system and allows you to ensure the condition and quality of your household water supply.
Why flush your system?
Over time rust and various mineral deposits can find their way to the bottom of your water heater. This buildup of sediment causes the tank to rust through prematurely, reduces the volume your water heater holds, creates a variety of interesting noises such as gurgling, popping and banging, and blocks heat from the burner, making it less efficient. The buildup of sediment at the bottom can harden and sometimes clog the drain valve.
The Preventive Program from Bel Red
Our hot water tank maintenance service includes all these functions, performed by our expert techs:
- Drain tank
- Open burner compartment and vacuum and brush burner assembly
- Vacuum and clean outside of tank and flue
- Open cold water inlet to tank and flush tank until water runs clear
- Bleed air and sediment out of water pipes in house
- Relight pilot light and set temperature gauge properly
- Adjust tank thermostat if a temperature variation is noted
Tankless System Maintenance
As a tankless water heater can last up to 20 years – most storage-type water only last 10 to 15 – routine maintenance is key to extending the heater's life and savings. Manufacturers recommend that a tankless heater be serviced once a year.
The key to proper tankless water heater maintenance is flushing the entire unit regularly to remove any mineral deposits (such as calcium) that may have built up inside. This process is called “descaling.”
Our expert techs will do all this to enhance the performance of your tankless system:
- Clean burners and entire unit
- Check and test safety controls
- Pump descaling solution through the system to remove potentially harmful deposits
- Check all connections for integrity and repair if necessary
- Conduct a carbon monoxide test
Bio Clean Drain Treatment
To keep your drains free of build-up and head off potential clogging issues, we recommend a Bio-Clean drain treatment.
Bio-Clean is a special combination of natural bacteria and enzymes that digests dead organic waste found in your plumbing system: grease, hair, soap scum, food partials, paper and cotton. Bio-Clean does no damage to inorganic materials such as plastic pipe. It does not produce heat, fumes or boiling like chemicals can do. Bio-Clean is safe for people, plumbing and the environment.
Toilet Leak Detection Tab Testing
A single toilet leak can waste almost 22,000 gallons of water per year! Wasting water is not only bad for the environment, but also costly to your budget, as it leads to increased water bills. So it’s smart to regularly check toilets for leaks.
If toilets are allowed to leak they can cause structural damage to the floor at the base of the toilet. Sometimes leaks are not obvious and may go undetected. These leaks can be found using our toilet leak detection tabs testing.
- Technician places tab into toilet tank and waits 30 minutes
- Then bowl is checked to see if tab color has entered the toilet bowl
- Technician then replaces parts, corrects leak(s) to save you water and money
Hydronic System Maintenance
Your hydronic system should receive yearly maintenance. Bel Red provides comprehensive maintenance service to assure ongoing performance, extended system life, energy savings and safety.
Included in our maintenance visit and system tune-up and safety inspection are these areas:
Inspect condition of metal flues to ensure safe transport of exhaust from appliance to chimney.
Check and clean burner, look for blockage of combustion air openings, check for free flow of air, and examine safety controls.
- Circulator and zone valve operation
Check for leaks in flanges and stems and proper valve opening/closing for zoned heat delivery.
- Expansion tank
Check for proper air charge and recharge if needed. Check bladder and tank, air vents and air eliminators, along with proper installation and operation.
- Hydronic glycol
Examine fluid pH; if degraded, recharge.
- Pressure Relief Valve
Purge of stagnant water, clear any debris, check and replace valve if necessary.
- Shut-off/drain faucets
Fix or replace if dripping.
Examine zone control wiring and assure proper performance.
Check water inlet, shut-off to expansion tank, ISO valves, return line bypass valves, and all zone and loop shut-off valves.
- Baseboard radiation
Make sure radiators are open, clean, and unobstructed by furniture or debris.