Most people go to the doctor at least once each year for a checkup. This preventative care is much like an insurance policy to make sure that you are healthy and fit. Unfortunately, it is also common that the people who ignore this simple yearly visit often end up with the most serious and significant health issues. So why wouldn’t you apply the same logic to your home’s plumbing health? A little attention once a year goes a long way to avoiding some very costly and often messy issues from your home’s water and drain lines, fixtures, and appliances.
Prolonging The Life Of Your Water Heater
Many homeowners forget that they even own an appliance that does nothing but heat their water. But those are also the people who complain about replacing their unit after less than a decade, rather than enjoying up to 15 years of hot water without issues. The reason for this shortened life expectancy is a severe lack of care and preventative service.
Water heaters work diligently to maintain a tank of hot water for you to use at all times of the day and night. So anything you can do to lessen that workload will add years to the life of this hard-working appliance. One of the essential services you can provide to your water heater is annual draining and flushing.
This simple process removes all of the mineral sediment from the base of the holding tank near the heating element. As the sediment increases, it works like insulation, making it more difficult for your water heater to heat the water. When you remove that sediment by draining the tank and flushing it, you will often notice a drop in your energy bill and hotter water.
Nothing Lasts Forever
Older homes could still have rubber hoses that supply water to fixtures. As the hoses age, they become dry, brittle, and prone to cracking. The wisest course of action is to proactively replace these old supply lines with new metal hoses. The same principle holds true for the water supply hoses on appliances like your dishwasher, washing machine, and the water supply line to your fridge water dispenser. If the hoses look old, worn, or are more than five years old, invest in quality metal replacements to avoid a costly flood and water damage.
In addition, it is essential to know that your home’s entire plumbing system has a life expectancy. However, you will not know when you reach the end of its reliability unless a licensed plumber inspects it. Everything from the water lines in your walls to the fixtures and drain lines will begin to wear out and eventually leak. Therefore, an annual inspection or checkup from your licensed plumber is the best way to know when your home’s plumbing system has entered its golden years.
The Solution For Old Age
As your home’s plumbing components reach the end of life, there is a more cost-effective solution than waiting for each item to fail. Whole-home repiping is a process that prevents all of the damage associated with multiple water leaks from aging water lines. In addition, the method is far more cost-effective as it replaces all of the old pipes at one time with less labor involved than a litany of repairs over the course of several years.
To learn more about whole-home repiping, call (937) 749-7097. The licensed plumbers at Buckeye Plumbing & Property Solutions will visit your home to create a free no-obligation price quote to repipe your house. In addition, they will be happy to answer any questions and explain our full warranty on all of our home repiping.