Preventative Maintenance

Basic preventative maintenance can help you avoid serious plumbing problems. Here are some ways you can ensure your plumbing system is functioning properly and effectively.

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Home Service Plans

Relax, your plumbing is covered.

Preventative maintenance is always a great way to avoid major home repair costs over time.® thoroughly inspects your home’s plumbing systems for safety and operational concerns. Additionally, we clean and tune your water heater to ensure it is operating properly and efficiently. Ensure your home’s plumbing systems stay in top shape year-round with our Home Service Plan.

Benefits of preventative maintenance:

  • Helps avert costly disasters
  • Increases water heater efficiency
  • Improves plumbing performance
  • Helps prevent plumbing problems
  • Extends water heater lifespan
  • Improves water heater safety

Your Home Service Plan* includes:

  • Annual water heater safety inspection
  • Annual inspection of your home’s plumbing systems
  • Priority emergency service within two hours of your call*
  • Preferred pricing on service, repair, installation, and after-hour charges
  • One-year warranty on repair parts and labor
  • Flexible payment plans—pay annually or monthly by credit/debit card**
  • National flexibility—move anywhere within our service areas and continue to utilize our services for your new home.

Water Heaters

Taking Care of Your Water Heater.

A water heater is easy to forget about—until it suddenly stops working. Regularly scheduled water heater maintenance will uphold performance, use less energy, and extend the life of your unit. Some maintenance tips include:

Periodically Drain Your Tank.

Over time, sediment buildup in water heaters can begin to damage your tank. Periodically draining your tank can help with sediment removal. If you notice that your tank’s water has bits of rust or metal in it, call® immediately for water heater repair services. These particles indicate it’s time for anode rod replacement. Your anode rod protects the tank from corrosion by attracting the chemicals that would cause the tank liner to rust.

Insulate Your Water Heater.

One of the easiest ways to save energy and money is to insulate your water heater. You can save up to 9% in water heating costs and reduce stand-by heat loss by as much as 45%. If your tank is warm to the touch, you should certainly consider insulation. But, if your water heater’s tank already has a high R-value (at least R-24), additional insulation may not be as necessary.

Insulating your water heater tank is easy and inexpensive. Go to your local hardware or plumbing supply store to find precut jackets or blankets for around $10–$20. Choose one with an insulating value of at least R-8 and be sure to ask about offer rebates and even free installation.

Insulating an Electric Water Heater.

Installing a precut jacket or blanket on an electric water heater tank is fairly simple. Read and follow instructions carefully before installation. Leave the thermostat access panel(s) uncovered. Caution: Setting the thermostat above 130ºF on your electric water heater could cause the wiring to overheat.

Professional Water Heater Inspection.

It’s a good idea to schedule a water heater inspection at least once a year.® makes it easy by offering annual service plans for your water heater tank. Our plumbing specialists will drain your tank to remove any sediment (if recommended); inspect the tank and connections for rust, wear, or corrosion; replace worn anode rods; check the pressure relief valve; and more.

Contactyour local® plumbing repair specialists at today to schedule your annual water heater inspection or if you are in need of water heater service.

Garbage Disposals

Treat Your Garbage Disposal with Respect.

A sink garbage disposal unit makes it fast and easy to clean up your food waste. Here are a few tips to maximizing the life of your garbage disposal.

  • Seek expert garbage disposal installation.
  • Use cold water when you grind food; hot water can melt fats and clog the mechanism and pipes.
  • Never overfill your garbage disposal.
  • Don’t put abrasive fluids like bleach, drain cleaners, or other chemicals down the unit.
  • Avoid putting the following into your garbage disposal: coffee grounds, overly fibrous materials (like artichokes or corn husks), glass, metal, or rubber.
  • Be sure to run water before and after using your garbage disposal.
  • Remember, disposals use both water and electricity.
  • To clean your garbage disposal, fill with ice cubes and a cup of rock salt, and run it for five seconds. You can also deodorize your garbage disposal by running warm water while grinding a lemon.

If you need help troubleshooting a problem, garbage disposal repair, or garbage disposal installation, contact your local® home plumbing professional today at .

Plumbing Tips

Professional Tips to Keep Your Plumbing in Great Shape.

Now more than ever, water and energy conservation are at the forefront of environmental efforts. Check out the tips below to learn how you can help reduce your energy use, save money on your utility bills, and lower your impact on the environment.

  • Switch to aerator faucets and low-flow showerheads, which can save hundreds of gallons of water a week.
  • Run your dishwasher with full loads to conserve water. Running it in the evening saves energy, too.
  • Repair dripping faucets and toilet leaks. A faucet dripping at a rate of one drop per second wastes almost 2,800 gallons of water a year. A leaky toilet can waste over 73,000 gallons of water a year.
  • Install a tankless water heater. It reduces heating costs and water waste and provides endless hot water.
  • Wash full loads of laundry or use the appropriate load size selection on the washing machine to help conserve water.
  • To prevent damage from frozen pipes, insulate any pipes in unheated or exterior walls. Install insulated faucet covers on outside hose bibs. Plus, let water drip or trickle from faucets during extremely cold weather and open cabinet doors to help circulate warm air.

Contact your local® plumbing professional today by calling for additional plumbing tips and ways to save money.