PLUMBING REPAIRS SAVE MONEY
In today’s world, it’s vital to reduce our use of water and energy. In addition to conserving water, these simple tips, can also help you reduce your energy use, save money on your water & energy bills, and lower your impact on the environment.
- 1. Switch to aerator faucets and low-flow showerheads, which can save hundreds of gallons of water each week.
- 2. Run your dishwasher with full loads to conserve water—and run it in the evening to save energy too.
- 3. Repair dripping faucets and toilet leaks—a faucet can drip at a rate of one drop per second, wasting almost 2,800 gallons of water a year. A leaky toilet can waste 73,050 gallons of water a year.
- 4. Install a tankless water heater— you’ll reduce heating costs and water waste because you won’t have to let the water run while it heats up.
- 5. Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate load size selection on the washing machine to help with conserving water.
Plumbing Repairs, Water Leaks and Maintenance
A lot of water leaks can be avoided with yearly maintenance of the plumbing system in your home. Just like your car, home air conditioner or heater the plumbing system in your home needs routine maintenance. This maintenance should be performed by an experienced licensed plumber.
Water heater need to have a sediment flush and safety inspection every year. Throughout the year sediment from hard water, city water lines and house water lines collect at the bottom of your water heater. If this sediment is not removed/flushed out yearly it becomes a barrier for the heating of the water. The gas burner for your water heater is at the bottom of the tank, the same place the sediment builds up. The more sediment that builds up at the bottom of the tank the longer it takes to heat the water. The bottom of the tank can also run at a higher temperature because the sediment is lowering the heat transfer. A water heater that is hotter than it should be at the base probably doesn’t help the overall life of the tank. Sometimes a water heater will make popping and crackling sounds when the burner is heating the water, like it is boiling between the bottom of the tank and the built up sediment. So a yearly maintenance will normally increase efficiency or at least maintain it and extend the life of the water heater.
Another part of a water heater that most people don’t know about is the Anode rod. The Anode rod is the reason a water heater tank last as long as it does. Without it the tanks life would be greatly reduced. Basically the Anode rod attracts the corrosive elements in the water and the Anode rod corrodes instead of the water heater tank. It is a sacrificial rod that gets eaten up over time. Under normal water conditions the rod should be checked every three years and replaced every seven years. The replacement time requirement of the Anode rod can vary depending on how bad the city water is. In some cases like the City of Riverside, which has the second worst water quality in the entire United States, the Anode rod should be check every year and replaced when necessary. When the Anode rod is worn out/eaten up the water heater tank is no longer protected and will start leaking years before it normally would. So, having a maintenance done yearly will actually save you money, because of the savings the yearly maintenance is really free!
Another part of the plumbing system which is overlooked is the emergency water shutoffs. These shutoffs are found under sinks for the hot and cold water, at the washing machine, water heater and the main water shutoff going into the home. These emergency water shutoffs need to be turned off and on at least yearly. Over time the shutoffs will get buildup of minerals and hard water deposits inside of them which causes them to freeze up. Just plain corrosion will cause problems with the plumbing system in your home because of the corrosive elements in water like chlorine. Having the emergency water shutoffs checked and turned off and on yearly will increase the life of these valves. It will also insure if you do have something leaking you can actually stop the water fast to prevent major damage. Note; the only warning I have if you want to check these valves and turn them off and on yourself is if it has not been done for a while the valves may start leaking when turned. So unless the emergency shutoffs or new or have been checked on a regular basis have a professional do it and prevent an emergency service call.
The washing machine in your home has two hoses for the hot and cold water supplies. These two hoses are the number one insurance claim for water floods in homes. The black rubber hoses are to blame. If you have black rubber hoses for the washing machine they should be replaced with stainless steel braided hoses. These hoses are much less likely to burst because of the stainless steel braiding around them.
There are other items in you plumbing system that a Whole House Plumbing Inspection/Maintenance will cover. One of the most important ones for preventing floods is the water pressure regulator. The water pressure regulator lowers the high city pressure down to a safe pressure of 75 lbs or lower. The highest setting on a water pressure regulator is 75 lbs. If the water pressure in your home is higher than 75 lbs than the water pressure regulator is no longer working. A water pressure regulator normally last between 4 and 7 years, the higher the incoming city pressure the shorter amount of time the regulator lasts. All of the manufactures of your faucets, hoses and shutoffs in your home have a recommended water pressure of 75 lbs or less. Higher water pressure inside your home shortens the life of your plumbing system and causes leaks/floods. Not only does the higher pressure cause water leaks but the leaks cause more damage because high pressure equals more water leaking per minute.
As a company owner I would much rather prevent leaks and problems for my customers than fix the leaks and problems after they have already happened!