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Maximizing The Hot Water In Your Home

Water heaters have needs too! A simple and inexpensive maintenance program can lengthen the life of your water heater and practically eliminate the need to replace it. Below are some tips to help get the most from your water heater.

Use an insulation blanket to make a water heater more energy-efficient.

  • Regularly clean your water heater. This means cleaning all of the major components of the water heater; the enclosure, the water tank assembly, and the burner and control assembly.
  • Inspect the condition of the anode rod in order to prevent leaks from developing. If it is worn down you will need to replace it. You can get a new from a plumbing supply company.
  • The burner assembly should be cleaned at least once a year, but more frequent care is better. Simply brush away cobwebs, dust and remove other debris that builds up.
  • Flush the tank regularly to remove built up sediment.
  • Frequently check your water heater for leaks. It's important to check the pipe connections, the valves and underneath the unit.
  • Test the temperature/pressure relief valve once a year to make sure it's working.
  • Protect the floor under the water heater from water damage by painting the area with a water sealant. Also, you can install a specially designed drip pan under the water heater to catch extra water. These pans are available at most building supply stores for about $10. Keep in mind, the pan you select must have a drain out the bottom.

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Maximizing Hot Water

Maximizing Hot Water
Water heaters have needs too! A simple and inexpensive maintenance program can lengthen the life of your water heater and practically eliminate the need to replace it. Below are some tips to help get the most from your water heater. Use an insulation blanket to make a water heater more energy-efficient. Regularly clean your water heater.

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Sump Pumps

Sump Pumps
Sump pumps are responsible for pumping excess ground water from the basement to the outside of the home. For those of you that have ever experience water back up in your basement, you know all about how much cleaning is involved and how much damage can be caused. A sump pump is your best defensive against this ever happening.

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Hiring a Plumber

Hiring a Plumber
Hiring a plumber is very similar to purchasing a car. In both situations, it isn’t wise to go to the yellow pages, choose a dealership/plumber at random, and pay for the car/services without shopping around. As silly as that sounds, it is very common for homeowners to find a plumber that way. The best advice to offer when it comes to hiring a plumber is to do your research and find a qualified plumber who can suit your needs the best.

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