New Year’s Water Heater and Plumbing Hints & Tips

Happy New Year! With Spring just around the corner, now is a beautiful time of the year for a chance to start over. With this chance to restart could come a new wave of inspiration to start your own spring cleaning. Still, we also recommend taking this newfound inspiration and using it towards your home’s plumbing system. Our team of professionals at the Water Heaters Masters has put together this list of New Year’s plumbing hints and tips to keep your home’s plumbing system running in tip-top shape all year long.

Check Your Outdoor Faucets And Sprinklers For Leaks:

Your outdoor pipes attached to sprinklers and faucets could freeze and break during those cold winter months. After the climate warms up, pipes will begin to thaw, and your pipes could show signs of water leaks. If a water leak does end up revealing itself after you turn on your hose or faucets outside, you will want to address those right away with the help of a professional plumber.

Clean Out Spouts & Gutters:

You should make sure to clear out your gutter and downspouts after a long fall and winter. They could become clogged up with pine needles, leaves, twigs, and other debris. This should help prevent leaks in your home and potential water damage during those upcoming spring showers.

Be Sure To Look Under Sinks & Supply Hoses:

Check under your sinks and look at the supply hoses that run to your washer, dishwasher, and other water-using appliances. Some signs that may indicate that you could use a professional plumber’s help include puddles, moisture, rust, or other signs of a water leak.

Inspect Your Water Heater:

There could be a chance that you raised the temperature in your water heater during the colder months this past winter. We primarily recommend setting your water heater’s heat to 120 degrees. Going any higher than could result in scalding heat. While checking your temperature, use this opportunity to check your water heater for signs of corrosion and leaks. Check for rust, puddles, or soot around the control panel. If you see any signs of a failing unit, you should contact a plumber right away to come to take a look at it and see if it could be repaired. Remember that water heaters are only built to last around 15 years, so it may be time to have your unit replaced if it is older than that.

Drain Your Water Heater:

Your water heater could have some sediment build-up sitting at the bottom of your water heater, which actually reduces your unit’s efficiency, causing it to waste more energy, keeping the water hot. By merely draining your water heater once a year, you could help extend its lifespan. The entire process should not take you more than an hour or two, but the result of a smoother running unit highlights its benefits. If this process seems like something intimidating, you may always reach out to us, and one of our trusted plumbers could help you drain it today.

Cycle Your Water Valves:

Water valves could become hard to turn over time. At least once a year, you should take the time to turn off the water valves in your home. Then, turn them back on. Doing so helps keep your valves from getting stuck.

Contact Us Today

As always, you can always contact our team of trusted plumbers when you need help handling any of these steps. Our plumbers have the training to complete any task you need. If you want to improve your plumbing this season, you can always call on our award-winning company to get the job done. What are you waiting for? Contact our team of plumbers today.