Preventative Plumbing Maintenance for Spring

preventative plumbing maintenance

As the warm weather returns, now is a good time to focus on plumbing maintenance. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the average family uses about 320 gallons of water a day. In the warmer months that can almost triple to 1,000 gallons a day.[1] That extra water usage can put pressure on your plumbing to perform. Here are some tips from the trusted plumbers at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing to keep in mind as the seasons change:

Plumbing inspection A whole house plumbing inspection by a trusted, plumbing professional can detect leaks and problems you may not even be aware of. You can recoup the cost of the inspection quickly, if the plumber finds leaks, clogs and other ways water is being wasted. Recently a home in Washington was damaged when the boiler exploded, fortunately no one was hurt.[2] Your boilers and water heaters can be inspected during a plumbing inspection.

Adjust the temperature of your hot water heater to 120º F. This can help save energy and reduce scalding.

Repair leaks The EPA estimates more than one trillion gallons of water is wasted each year in U.S. homes. The biggest culprits are leaking faucets and valves, plus worn toilet flappers.[3] Many of these jobs you can do yourself or call a trusted plumber for help. Plumbers also have professional grade replacement parts that can outlast store bought parts.

Upgrade your plumbing New government regulations for water heaters will soon take effect. These changes are designed to make water heaters more energy efficient. If you have an older water heater, you could upgrade to a current model. The newest models, made with the new standards, are expected to be larger and possibly more expensive.[4] Contact a professional plumber to learn more.

[1] http://www.epa.gov/watersense/outdoor/images/summer-infographic.jpg

[2] http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/powerful-boiler-explosion-blows-home-washington-family-survives-29741352

[3] http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pubs/fixleak.html

[4] http://www.nahb.org/generic.aspx?genericContentID=236255

 

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10 Responses to “Preventative Plumbing Maintenance for Spring”

  1. Chris Winters

    I like the idea to find a professional that can inspect your plumbing system for any leaks or other damages. It seems like the best way to prevent any potential water damage to your home. Our backflow system has been acting very strange lately, so I think that we should look for a professional that could repair it before there gets to be any serious issues.

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  2. Ivy Baker

    I just moved into a new home recently and I want to make sure that it is all working well. So, I liked your suggestion of getting a whole home inspection. It does seem like a good idea for me to have that done soon.

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  3. John Smith

    Great Post, Very informative and useful. I will use these above mentioned tips from now.The tips you have given in the blog is really helpful for the readers. Well described about hiring a professional plumber. Thanks for sharing.
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  7. Alexandria Martinez

    The new home that we moved into does not have a very good boiler in place. We are worried about the problems that it may be caused by being as old as it is. It is nice to know that a boiler repair will keep us from losing gallons upon gallons of water.

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