Your water heater is what provides the hot water for your home or business. So water heater maintenance is very important especially when the weather gets cold. Here are some simple maintenance tips to help keep your water heater running efficiently no matter what the season.
Types of Water Heaters
There are several different types of water heaters. Some of the various types of water heaters include, oil fired water heaters, electric water heaters, gas water heaters, and tank less water heaters. Each type of water heater has a different cost as well as a different level of efficiency. If you water heater needs to be repaired or replaced, talk to a professional plumber to decide which type is right for your home and your family.
Testing And Flushing Your Water Heater
One of the most important things you can do to keep your water heater running properly is to make sure that a certified, licensed, professional plumber flushes and tests the water heater on a regular basis. This should be done before the temperature starts to drop, because your water heater works overtime during the fall and winter months. Flushing your water heater removes sediment. If the sediment is not removed from your water heater it can cause it to run inefficiently or make it break down. The temperature of your water heater should not exceed one hundred and twenty-five degree Fahrenheit (125 F). In order to ensure that your household full of holiday guests has enough hot water, ask your guests to wait at least ten minutes between showers. You should also run your dishwasher and washing machine only in the evening to save water. If you do have a problem with the water in your home, such as no hot water or not enough, you probably need to consult an expert plumber because it could be a problem with your water heater. If you’re in Alexandria for example, find a plumber who specializes in Alexandria water heaters. You can find a professional plumber to help you by using word of mouth or by searching the internet.
Other Water Conservation Tips
There are plenty of ways to conserve water in your home. A simple thing to do is to have a certified, licensed professional plumber repair any leaking faucets or pipes in your home. Another thing that a professional plumber can do is install low-flow toilets, which use less water. You can even save water by turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth.
Don’t Use Harsh Chemical Cleansers
Harsh chemical cleansers not only give off strong odors, but they’re also hazardous to the environment. You can use other things that you already have in your home like vinegar, baking soda, and bleach instead. To clear a minor drain clog for instance, use baking soda mixed with hot water. You can use the same mixture to sanitize your sink. And you can use a hot water and bleach mixture to keep your garbage disposal clean too. These useful tips will help give you a cleaner, greener home. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your home is a healthy and safe environment for you, your family, and your guests.