PLUMBER TIPS

*COLD WEATHER TIPS

*INSULATE EXPOSED PIPES BEFORE COLD WEATHER BEGINS

*LOCATE AND KNOW HOW TO USE THE SHUT OFF VALVE TO THE HOUSE WATER SUPPLY SO THAT IN THE EVENT OF A BROKEN PIPE THE WATER CAN BE TURNED OFF TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO THE AREA SURROUNDING THE PIPE

*WATCH THE WEATHER FOR TEMPERATURES THAT DROP BELOW FREEZING FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME AND ALLOW FOR A PENCIL-THIN LINE OF WATER TO RUN OVERNIGHT FROM AN INDOOR FAUCET (WATER SHOULD BE A MIX OF COLD AND HOT)



*TANK TYPE WATER HEATERS


*AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR OR MORE DEPENDING ON WATER CONDITIONS, DRAIN TANK TO REMOVE SEDIMENT AND INSPECT FOR SIGNS OF LEAKAGE

*TANKLESS INSTANT WATER HEATERS


*AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR OR MORE DEPENDING ON WATER CONDITIONS, FLUSH WITH A DESCALING SOLUTION AND INSPECT FOR PROPER INSTALLATION AND LEAKAGE

*GENERAL TIPS FOR HOT WATER HEATERS


*LONG WAIT FOR HOT WATER CAN EASILY BE RESOLVED WITH A SHORT SERVICE CALL

*NO/LITTLE HOT WATER CHECK ELECTRICAL BREAKER OR GAS AVAILABILITY

*POSSIBLE REASONS FOR NO/LITTLE HOT WATER CAN BE UNDERSIZED UNIT, THERMOSTAT IS SET TOO LOW, OR INCOMING WATER IS VERY COLD

*WATER HEATER SOUND CAN BE CAUSED BY SCALE ON ELEMENTS OR SEDIMENT IN TANK

*TO CHANGE FROM TANK WATER HEATER TO TANKLESS INSTANT WATER HEATER MUST BE EVALUATED ON SITE TO CHECK FOR GAS SERVICES REQUIRED

*SETTING THE TERMOSTAT ON 120°F WILL REDUCE THE RISK OF BURNS (AT 160°F, IT TAKES ½ SECOND TO RECEIVE SECOND AND THIRD DEGREE BURNS)