You can feel it the air, morning temps are colder, the days are getting shorter, and football is in full stride. Fall is here and now is the time to prepare your home for the cold long winter months ahead. Every spring we run into many repairs that could have easily been avoided with a little know how. Here I will present a few ideas that I think can save you some money.
#1. Check all outside faucets to insure hoses are removed. Also inspect around the bib to make sure there is now way for cold air to get through. They make small covers that will insulate faucet. A small cost compared to what a repair may be. It is important to note that hose bibs on the outside wall of your home are connected to potable water system inside your home not the irrigation system outside your home. Irrigation shut off has no effect on your hose bibs. Some of your home’s will have an isolation valve for hose bibs. Use them.
#2. Flush your water heater. When you flush your water heater you essentially force all the sediment from hard water deposits left inside the tank from the water it has heated. The Wasatch Front is notorious for hard water. I have done several replacements where the tank on the water heater was completely full of sediment.Â For the DIY (Do It Yourself) Guy you can drain down the tank to empty. However if the heater has a significant build up it may require a plumbing technician who has the proper tools and know how to flush it properly. Either way this is a cost efficient way to extend the life of your water heater. If you have a tank-less water heater the heat exchanger should be purged. I recommend that this be done professionally.
#3. Change the furnace filter. By simply replacing the furnace filter you can cut down on dust and air borne contaminants being circulated through out your home. I change mine monthly for this reason. They are fairly inexpensive and I can literally and figuratively breath easier after i have done it.
#4. Have your furnace inspected by a certified Technician to insure it is safe and functioning properly. It is not fun to have your furnace go out in the middle of the night when it is below zero outside, and if yours does, you can know that we are here to help. However prevention is our preference. When he is there you can also have him make sure that other gas appliances are also safe for you and your family.
I hope you find this helpful. If you need help with these or any other Plumbing/Heating issue, please contact us anytime at: http://www.goglover.com/plumbing/. Thank you and have a great fall season!