Spring Plumbing Tips
Think About Saving Water: Call a plumber to have them do a quick assessment of your fixtures you can also click here to calculate your water usage). Upgrading your fixtures to more efficient/water saving fixtures can save you tens of thousands of gallons of water every year. Not only will this save you money on your water bill, but ten thousand gallons is enough drinking water to last the average person about 50+ years. Small changes can make a big difference!Also, consider getting a rainwater catchment barrel to use for watering your outdoor plants.
Flushing Your Water Heater: Water heaters (both regular water heatersand tank-less water heaters) should be flushed on a regular basis (we suggest once a year). Over time, inches of sediment can build up in your regular water heater. Tank-less water heaters also need to be flushed with vinegar to keep lime and scale from corroding the heat exchanger piping. Having your water heater flushed regularlycan help prolong it’s life and keep it running efficiently. Spring is also a good time to do a quick visual assessment of your water heater. If you have a tanked water heater that is showing signs of rust, it’s time to call a plumber!!Generally tanked water heaters last anywhere from 10-15 years.
De-winterization: If your home has been vacant all winter, we highly recommend having a plumber de-winterize it (even if it has been winterized). During the de-winterization process, your plumber should air test your piping to ensure it’s integrity before the water is turned back on. Water damage is one of the most common and costlyhomeowner’s insurance claims. A little preventative maintenance can save a huge amount of money and hassle.