Here is what you can do to stay away from plumbing problems this summer.
Check your tank regularly
Set aside some time at least once a month to check your hot water system.
Look out for cracks, water leaks or general wearing of the system from the exterior. This 5-minute check if done every month can help you find any issues before they become big problems.
Fact: A slow leaking hot water system can cost you up to and more than 786L a year (That’s over ¾ of a ton of water annually).
Hot water systems and holidays
If you are planning to be away for a while chances are you will overlook your hot water system. Prior to leaving it is advised that you turn off your hot water system. This is so that your system:
- Will not try to heat water that isn’t being used.
- Preserving your heating elements and ultimately extending the life of your system.
- Save you in gas and electricity from not heating.
Relief valve inspection
Every 6 months or so you are going to want to check your relief valve. In order to do this, you will need to look through your hot water system manual or google your model number and download the PDF manual.
The relief valve plays an integral part in your hot water system as it relieves the system of excess pressure.
Gardening near hot water systems
If your system is located on a grassy area next to your home be very careful when doing any kind of gardening or yard maintenance. A whipper snipper will make short work on the pipes that feed your system.
When mowing any rocks or sticks can become projectiles which could cause cracks or dents on your system if hit. Be mindful and careful when operating in this area.
Call a plumbing professional
At least once a year get a professional plumber out to carry out a full inspection of your hot water system. Having a local plumber inspect your system once a year can also help to prevent any future problems from arising.
Catching a problem before it starts is always better than cleaning up afterwards. Feel free to give us a call on 1300 161 884