With minor proactive maintenance periodically performed by yourself or a trusted plumber, you can improve your water heater’s efficiency and extend its lifespan. Follow these three tips to keep your water heater, whether tank-type or tankless, in the best working condition possible.
Pipes wear down. Water heaters break. Plumbing fixtures leak. It’s not a question of “if;” it’s a matter of “when.” According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average household’s leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of wasted water each year. And with leaks in your home equating to roughly 10 percent of your water bill, having a smart home product, such as a leak and flood detection and prevention system like the LeakSmart Pro, will help protect your investment and provide peace of mind.
An efficiently functioning bathroom is a very important thing, and so is a commitment to the health of our planet. So, when you need to replace a fixture or want to remodel, you’ll be interested in recent trends in bathroom plumbing fixtures that address both concerns.
We should always be mindful of our water consumption, but this is especially important during the summer, when recreational and landscaping water usage greatly increase. This past June was abnormally dry in the greater Washington area, and over the last few weeks we have begun to hear that dreaded word: drought. Here are a few tips for conserving water. Taking action may have other benefits, too!
As the holiday season approaches, your plumbing fixtures and pipes could use a little loving attention to ensure that you—and your guests—make it through the festivities without mishap. Take a few minutes to walk through your house and check your plumbing. Most of the issues and/or problems listed below are easily remedied. You can do many of them yourself.
Our checklist to help keep things operating smoothly:
Is a Tankless Water Heater on Your Horizon?
With the trend towards bigger homes and greater energy efficiency, the conversation around tankless water heating systems has gotten louder.
Early toilets were technically simple: something to sit on over a hole in the ground. Eventually—and thankfully—enterprising minds invented the flushable toilet and the sewer systems that took our waste away and let us focus on other, more pleasant things. But, when our beloved planet’s imminent peril became the subject of discussion back in the 1980s, we turned our attention back to this lowly piece of porcelain and began a much needed march toward high efficiency toilets.