Water Heater Maintenance & Plumbing Advice For Coming Fall Seasons
Taking care of your water heater and plumbing pipes before our wintertime arrives in Dallas will help you to avoid frozen plumbing pipes and other problems before they can happen and cause expensive repairs. A few preventative measures will go a long way to ensuring your water is available and ready to use this coming season.
Any plumbing pipes you have need to be thoroughly protected from all air and cold. Cold air that gets up under insulation has moisture in it, and before long the moisture will get the insulation wet. There are plenty of reasons to keep your plumbing pipes well insulated, the main of which is to protect yourself from heavy repairs.
Water Heater Maintenance
Water heaters will eventually fail and need to be replaced but maintenance can make it last longer. If you take a look at your water heater manual, you’ll see that the manufacturer recommends regular maintenance. Depending on the sediment content and balance of your water source, a water heater generally needs a yearly tune-up and flush out. However, gas fueled water heaters and homes with hard water should have more regular testing and maintenance.
Call a water heater maintenance service at minimum once per year. Since this is the time to check out the plumbing system for the coming winter season in Dallas, water heater maintenance should be a part of the process. If you need service, our team at Water Heaters For Less offers water heater maintenance whenever you need it. Your water heater will be thoroughly inspected and tested, and a clean out can be done if necessary. After the tune up and flush out, you will enjoy extra benefits like clearer bath water and better efficiency from the water heater.
Wrap Your Hot Water Heater Tank And Any Plumbing Pipes Near Exterior Walls
Some homeowners know to wrap the hot water heater tank with insulation made for water heater tanks. But many don’t know that this will save them on energy usage. Wrapping up the tank helps to keep the heat in.
You also need to be sure you wrap all the incoming and outgoing water pipes and spigots or shut off valves to protect them from freezing temperatures if they are located near an outside wall. This way, you’re not having to worry about your plumbing pipes freezing in this area.
Your water heater works continually to heat the water, so any drop in temperature of the water inside the tank will mean the heating elements turn on again to heat it up. Keeping the tank insulated helps to hold in some that heat you’ve already paid for. There’s much more you’ll need to do for your plumbing to ensure you have no problems with it this cold season.
Wrap Up Your Plumbing Pipes Well
Freezing pipes are horrible to have to deal with when you’re counting on your freshwater and wastewater systems. And making matters worse, it of course has to happen when it’s cold out and you need your water. Having to go to the store to get water to drink and having to borrow a neighbors bathroom is so frustrating for you and everyone in the family. That’s why you want to be sure everything is buttoned up tight for the winter.
Wrap your plumbing pipes well and you should be okay. Be sure you use insulation and pipe wrap that’s made for the job. Make sure the wrapping is sealed against any type of moisture or air or else the insulation materials will get wet and your wrapping project won’t make one bit of difference.
If you need help with this, just call us and we’ll be happy to come do a professional job for you. We help many people prep for these long cold winters we have in New Jersey. No matter your need, we’re here for you this winter when it comes to your plumbing or your heating and air conditioning systems!