Plumber And Water Heater Maintenance Tips

One of the best plumber tips you can do for the plumbing system in your home is routine water heater maintenance. Now maintenance does not have to be hard and in this first article I will share with you one of the most common tips you can do yourself to keep your plumbing system up and running.

Water Heaters –
These guys are actually taking a bit of abuse even though you may not see it. The constant expansion and contraction of the water heater can be the main factor why water heaters fail. Don’t let this alarm you though. By maintaining your water heater you can almost double the life of the water heater in many cases.

Flush your water at the very least once a year (Twice a year is actually recommended) to get rid of sediment build up. Sediment causes the burner on the heater to work harder than it needs to. To do this FIRST SHUT OFF THE GAS VALVE. Then use a garden hose and hook it up to the hose bib on the bottom of water heater. Run the hose to a floor drain nearby. Shut the valve on the cold water side of the heater. Now turn on the valve where you hooked the hose up. Let the water heater drain. To speed up the draining process open the relief valve on the side of the heater by pulling up on the lever, this will act as a vent and allow the heater to drain faster.

Once the Water Heater seems like it has drained close the relief valve (if you opened it) turn on the cold water valve for 15 seconds while the bottom valve is still open. After 15 seconds close the cold water valve again and let heater drain. This will flush out any remaining sediment on the bottom of the tank. Tank is now flushed Close the bottom valve and the relief valve. Turn on cold water valve and let heater fill up before relighting the pilot. In some case you may experience low pressure at some of the faucets. This is caused by sediment in the lines. Remove the aerator of the clogged faucet and clean it out.

Toilets-
Toilets are probably the most important plumbing fixture in our house. Right I mean if our water heater goes out it an inconvenience for a day or two but f we can’t use our toilet for two days, well you get the picture. Now with toilets they are rally simple to understand you either have a wax problem or a problem in the back of the tank.

Keep all CLEANERS out of the back of the toilet tank. 99% of the cleaners that go in the back of the tank will eat the seals on the rubber parts which intern will cause your tank to leak. If you have a new toilet this is even more important because a lot of manufactures are voiding the warranties on the toilet if these products have been used.

Check your flapper about once a year. Put food coloring in the toilet tank and let it sit in there for about 15 minutes or so. Come back and check in the bowl of the toilet. If you happen to see any food coloring in the bowl you know you have a leak on the flapper. Replace flapper if needed.

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This post was written by assistant on October 27, 2010

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