There are numerous things to do so as to keep plumbing issues at bay. Here are some promising considerations that will certainly work wonders.
Fixing leaks immediately – If you notice a leaky faucet be sure to fix it right away. Waiting to do so could result in possible water damage and higher water bills. Also that drip noise never any fun to listen to.
Water usage – Did you know that you can easily save money by changing some of your water usage habits?
Conserve water and money by doing some or all of the following:
- Turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth.
- Run the dishwasher only when it’s full.
- Take 5 minute showers.
- Flush only when the toilet contains solid waste.
- Clean your laundry in economy mode or only with cold water.
Update your bathroom – Updates such as replacing older faucets or shower heads can have a significant impact on your bathrooms utility and can lower your water bill.
Use the garbage disposal properly – Avoid putting fibrous foods such as celery, corn husks, onions as well as egg shells, potato peels, and coffee beans. Run water while you are using the disposal.
Perform annual pipe inspections – It is wise to mark down a quarterly pipe inspection on your calendar. Check for leaks or signs of water damage under sinks, in your basement, under your water heater, and in your crawl space if you have one. If you find a leak or corrosion on the pipes it would be best to approach a licensed plumbing expert.
April showers bring May flowers and the onset of spring, and since it’s March, it’s coming close for “spring cleaning.” Here are some maintenance tips to say NO to plumbing issues this Spring:
- Pour some water into infrequently used drains to fill the trap and avert odors from entering the house.
- Snake slow floor drains to make certain they will carry away water quickly in case of a flood.
- Inspect exposed pipes under sinks and in the basement for signs of leaks.
- In case of the availability of a sump pump, ensure it functioning by pouring a few buckets of water into the sump pit. It should turn on quickly, discharge the water then shut off without any issue.
- If you live in an area where sewers sometimes back up into homes, install a backflow valve in the floor drain. This device will prevent future backups.
- Inspect the temperature setting on the water heater.
- Carefully drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out corrosion causing sediment, which reduces heating efficiency and shortens the life of the heater.
- Consider replacing a water heater if more than 15 years old.
- Ensure flammables are not stored near the water heater or furnace.
- Check dishwasher, washing machine and ice maker supply hoses for bulges or leaks.
- Clean out washing machine lint trap, if equipped, and place a wire trap or a piece of pantyhose over the end of the hose that drains the washer.
- Check faucets for drips or leaks. Ensure that all drains have strainers to prevent hair, soap and debris from clogging the drain lines.
- Check toilets for hidden leaks.
- Inspect tank and bowl for cracks or leaks.
Temperatures and leaves begin to drop during the fall and starts giving you a slight reminder that winter is just around the corner. To keep the water hot throughout the season, the water heart has to work harder. To make sure its efficiency, here are a few simple maintenance tips.
- To get rid of any sediments, flush out some water through it. Sediments can lead to reduced efficiency, corrosion as well as shortening the life span of the water heater.
- To experience the optimal performance, make sure to keep the water heater temperature setting at 120o
- Fit the lever to test the pressure release valve on the water heater and allow it to snap back. If functioning adequately, the valve should be permitted to burst of hot water into the drain pipe. Remember, do not miss to consult a plumbing expert prior performing this test.
Not only this, however, water hoses and outdoor spigots should also be inspected thoroughly so that you get prepared for the period of hibernation efficiently. If you are not sure what to perform and where to start from, feel free to get connected with a professional plumber in your area.
Regular plumbing improvements can save you a lot of money, and time. Here are some plumbing improvements that you must implement in your home:
# Replace Your Water Heater
Yes, it is a bit strange to suggest a big purchase when we are talking about savings. But if you are not getting enough hot water into your home, if you cannot fill up your bath tub with hot water, or cannot get a normal shower or do dishes, then you probably need a new water heater.
As water heater gets old, problems develop. Have a plumber inspect the water heater. You may find a lesser problem that requires a small repair. But if you have a major problem, then invest in a new heater, and save money in long run.
# Choose Tankless Water Heater
These water heaters are typically flat and don’t take up much room. This heats the water right in that unit. It does it very quickly and can cycle much faster than a large heater.
#Pipe Inspection is important
This an often overlooked service. Pipe leaks often occur due to frozen water, sediment builds-up or pressure in the pipe. These small pipe leaks can drain the money right from your pocket.
# Faucet Replacement
Faucet replacement is comparatively cheap and quick. Over time, faucets build up sediment that leads to clogs, which means your water system has to work harder to pump out enough water to you.