Plumbing Tips for the Holidays

hot water recirculationThe holidays are upon us and that means big holiday meals. This is the time for family and friends, fun and cheer. It is not a time for plumbing troubles and headaches. Unfortunately, the chances of plumbing issues arising are higher during this time of the year.

The main reasons for increased chances of plumbing problems are that there more people in your home during this time. More people means more toilet flushing, extra showers, and more soap or hair going down drains. A busier kitchen means more water being used and more waste going down the sink drain and disposal. This includes excess grease finding it’s way down the drain, which can mean better chances of clogging.

You can avoid these plumbing disasters by following a few simple plumbing tips. Following these simple tips during the holiday season will maximize the life of your plumbing and help you avoid the headaches caused by mishaps.

What To Do When You Suspect A Water Leak

Sediment Drained from a Leaking Water Heater

A water leak can cost a lot of money to repair, or worse, cause permanent damage to your home. If you suspect a water leak you need to get to the bottom of it as soon as possible and take care of it at its source. Here are the signs of a water leak and what to do once you find it.

Increases In Your Water Bill

Compare your water bill each month. Look at what the total is compared to last month, as well as what it was at this time last year. Significant differences could indicate a water leak somewhere on your property.

Reduce Water Waste with these Water Conservation Tips

Ways to Reduce Water WasteThough most of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, less than one percent of it is suitable for use by humans. This fact underscores the need to preserve what is a valuable and limited resource. The average American household uses 260 gallons of this precious commodity on a daily basis and much of it goes to waste, largely through waiting for water to heat up for showers and baths. Note that the water itself is not the only thing going to waste; a lot of energy is also used in the delivery of water to communities.

Water Heater Repair for Attic Units

Photo of Two Water Heaters Installed in TandemIn many parts of the country, water heaters are commonly placed in the attic. This is manageable until you suspect your water heater has a leak, and accessing it to complete water heater repair is challenging to you and a professional plumber.

Why the Attic?

Homes built on pad foundations (no basement or crawl space) often have attic water heaters. While cheap to install, their attic location makes water heater repair very difficult. Garages are not good locations for gas-fired water heaters specifically, because of the proximity of flammable liquids.

By the Numbers

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety points out several factors that increase your risk of water heater repair and failure:

How To Locate Slab Leaks from Water Pipes

logoSlab leaks are often the culprit if you notice an unexplained increase in your water bill and have ruled out common sources of leaks such as your toilets or outdoor faucets. It is not always easy for a homeowner to determine where leaks from pipes running under your slab foundation may be located. In some cases, you might see wet spots or feel hot areas on your floor that may point to where the leak may be located.

Tankless Water Heater Installation

Replacing the Old with the New

Converting your old water heater to a tankless system involves making some changes to your home. The main advantages of installing a tankless water heater come in energy savings, as tankless systems only heat the water you need, when you need it. This will save you money in the long run. Tankless systems are also sealed combustion units, which greatly reduces the risk of carbon monoxide entering your home.