Every homeowner should have some knowledge of preventive maintenance for their plumbing. In the long run it will not only save you money, but it will allow you to handle many of the easier San Diego plumbing problems yourself. Emergency plumbing is more difficult and we do not recommend taking any of those tasks into your own hands. Here are 7 steps that will help you with your plumbing San Diego preventative maintenance:

1. Always remember to check the temperature on your water heater on a regular basis. The setting should be set at no higher than 120 degrees. If it is any hotter you run the risk of scalding someone in the home taking a shower, doing the dishes, etc. A temperature higher than 120 degrees will also raise your energy bill drastically.

2. We suggest draining several gallons of water from your water heater tank in order to get out of any corrosion causing sediment. Any sediment in your water heater will greatly reduce its efficiency and will shorten its life if the problem is not taking care of immediately. If you are not sure how to drain your water heater tank you can look up instructions on the manufactures website.

3. You will want to replace any hoses on your heater that are showing signs of failing or that are more than 10 years old. If possible use stainless steel hoses. These are the most reliable type of hoses and are less likely to break or burst.

4. If your water heater is more than 15 years old we suggest having it replaced by a reliable plumber San Diego. You can figure out how old the water heater is by reading the first four numbers of its serial number, this represents the month and year it was manufactured. Replacing it is for the best since newer water heaters are much more energy efficient.

5. Make sure you check your dishwasher, washing machine, and ice maker’s supply hoses for bulges or leaks.

6. It is important to clean the lint trap in your dryer after every use. It is also a good idea to place a wire trap or a pair of pantyhose over the end of the hose that drains the washer to help avoid clogs and leaks.

7. Do not, I repeat, do not store any flammables near or around your water heater. Thousands of fires and explosions each year are caused by flammable liquids being stored around water heaters.

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