Tips to Avoid Winter Plumbing Repairs: Part 3

Living here in Ohio, you’re probably used to dealing with cold temperatures during the winter months. When temperatures drop below zero and snowstorms start picking up, it is time to turn up the heat—and to make sure your water heater is functioning properly.

Many homeowners don’t realize the importance of seasonal water heater maintenance until it is too late, and they’re dealing with burst pipes, water damage, or a damaged water tank. Here’s everything you need to know to avoid winter water heater problems.

Lower the temperature: 

Lowering your water heater temperature might seem counterproductive in the cold. Still, by reducing the temperature difference between the outside air and your tank, as well as lowering the temperature your water needs to reach, you can reduce your energy costs and the strain on your water heating system. Make sure to set the temperature around 120°- 130°.

Check the pipes:

Water circulates through pipes and may cool down when the temperatures are below zero. Insulating your pipes can keep them from freezing or, worse, bursting when it’s cold out. While it sounds like a demanding process, all you need to add is a pipe sleeve or heat tape to protect the pipes.You can also open cabinet doors under sinks to allow warm air to enter those cold areas. We’re happy to evaluate whether your pipes are subjected to freezing.

Check the Vents

If you have a gas or propane water heater, it has a venting system to keep dangerous byproducts from fuel consumption from entering your home. Check that these are clear of anything that may block proper airflow, such as debris, dust, pests, nests, and even snow!

Even a small blockage can affect the safety and performance of your water heater. Call us to discuss your situation.

Do a Sediment Flush

Over time sediment builds up at the bottom of your water tank. This material is yet another thing that can make it harder for your water heater to do its job. As your water heater is under more strain in the winter, it’s best to perform a sediment flush in fall as part of your seasonal maintenance.

Have a Professional Change the Anode Rod

What is an Anode Rod? Anode Rod? Anode rod is a sacrificial rod located inside the water heater. Its purpose is to attract the water impurities to it instead of attacking the lining of the tank itself. Changing the anode rod every three to five years will improve quality of water and will reduce the deterioration of the lining.

You can extend the life of your water heater by performing a basic water heater maintenance check. During this, inspect the temperature pressure release valve, temperature settings, pipes, and/or tank for insulation issues,

Schedule Water Heater Maintenance Services Today!

Don’t let a broken pipe or malfunctioning water heater bring chaos to your life. Get in touch with our professional plumbers at The Plumbing Source to schedule routine seasonal maintenance to ensure your water heater and pipes are ready for the winter and avoid significant plumbing repairs. Call us at 216-365-0600 to book an appointment and take the first step to lower water heating costs.