It’s a New Year and typically our New Year’s resolutions are about weight, health, and personal relationships. The whole point of making resolutions is to improve your life by making changes to your daily habits, routines. Consider these plumbing resolutions to benefit not only your home, but your family’s quality of life and safety.
Schedule a professional Home Plumbing Inspection!
A detailed Home Plumbing Inspection Report prepared by an experienced, licensed plumber will give you an assessment of your homes plumbing and gas lines, point out problem areas, and recommend a course of action for repairing or replacing worn out plumbing fixtures and systems. This inspection report will allow you to catch minor problems before they turn into bigger issues. Small plumbing problems are usually much less expensive to repair.
Here is a list of the items that should be inspected:
- Outside: Water Meter, Hose Bibbs, Shut-off Valve
- Kitchen: Sink, Refrigerator Connection, Disposal, Dishwasher
- Bathroom: Sink, Shower, Tub, Toilet
- Laundry Room: Sink, Washer Drain, Overflow Drain
- Water Heater: Water Supply, Heater Tank, Thermal Expansion Tank, Gas Line
- Water Pressure: Pressure Reduction Valve (PRV)
If you’re balking at the cost of a plumbing inspection, consider that neglected problems can be much more costly to repair and can cause additional damage to your home. Your Plumbing and Heating & Air Conditioning Systems (HVAC) should be inspected annually. Consider a maintenance contract with a Plumbing or HVAC company for your home.
Flush your Hot Water Heater!
Ideally, with proper maintenance your homes water heater will last between 10 and 15 years, but without proper maintenance it may fail after 5 or 6 years. Annually flushing your gas or electric water heater to remove built-up sediment in the bottom of the tank and an all-around check to make sure all the parts are functioning properly can help you avoid a failure, save you money, and extend your water heaters life.
You can do this yourself or if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself, call a licensed plumber to do the work for you. While he’s there have him inspect the rest of the plumbing in your home.
Fix your problem running Toilet!
If your toilet is constantly running, get it fixed. A leaking toilet can use huge amounts of water. While your homes toilet account for 10 percent of your total water usage, toilets account for 90 percent of indoor plumbing leaks in your home!
Repair or replace the flush valve in your toilet, reduce your water consumption, and avoid costly problems later with good plumbing maintenance this year. If you have to replace your entire toilet, look for an energy-efficient toilet with the WaterSense Label.
Keep your homes drain pipes clog free!
Take preventative maintenance steps to prevent blockages before they happen by not putting anything down the drain or toilet that doesn’t belong (grease, feminine products, wipes, vegetable waste, etc.). Place screens over bathroom tubs and sinks to reduce hair from entering the drain pipes.
Regularly use a non-corrosive, septic-friendly bacterial drain cleaner to maintain your drain pipes. Make sure that root invasive shrubs and trees are not over your drain lines in your yard.
Go GREEN this year with your home!
Conserving the amount of water your family uses will save you money. Your monthly water bill will go down and, as you use less energy to heat water for your home, your gas or electric bill will also go down. If you’re thinking of remodeling your homes kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room this year, choose water-efficient faucets, low-flow shower heads, high efficient water heaters, or eco-friendly toilets. Do your research and find the plumbing fixtures that fit your sense of design and function, but look also at their consumption of water and energy.
Consider the WaterSense Program for your product research and information. WaterSense, a partnership program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, http://www.epa.gov/watersense/ seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. The program seeks to help consumers make smart water choices that save money and maintain high environmental standards without compromising performance. Products and services that have earned the WaterSense label have been certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient without sacrificing performance.