Plumber Tips

 

Cold Weather

  • 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 thermostat on 120°f will reduce the risk of burns (at 160°f, it takes ½ second to receive second and third degree burns)