Get Your Water Heater Winter-Ready With These Tips!

37737821_s33812341_sNow that the fall season is here and the winter is just around the corner, there are many things that homeowners need to do to get ready for the cold weather.

The fall is a great signal to us that the temperatures are going to continue dropping – making it harder for your plumbing system to function without extra wear and tear.

The winter weather is especially hard on your water heater and that translates into less energy-efficiency.

We all want our home and appliances to be as energy-efficient as possible because it is nice to keep the power bill at a reasonable amount.

During the winter it is not unusual to see a dramatic increase in your power bill and this can be attributed to two things; the extra use of your heating system and the extra wear and tear on your water heater.

When the weather outside is cold, that works against the water heater trying to keep the water inside of the tank hot.

So here are a few things that you can do to protect your water heater from this extra wear and tear:

  • Have your system professionally inspected. This is especially important of your water heater is five years or older as that is about the time that water heaters will typically start to break down. A professional inspection can help to identify any areas of concern and get them fixed before it is too late. Call for an inspection now before the temperatures drop
  • Install an insulated blanket around the tank of your water heater to help buffer against the cold temperatures of the winter weather. When the weather outside is cold, the heating element on the water heater has to work that much harder to keep the water hot. So, the insulated blanket helps to battle against that.
  • Make sure that all of the hoses and irrigation components of your outdoor plumbing system are disconnected and stored for the season. Your outdoor plumbing system is just as important to the overall function of your home as your indoor plumbing. If something goes wrong outside – it will affect everything.

Use these tips to make sure that your plumbing system is ready for winter. It is easy to forget about your plumbing system because it is buried in the ground or installed in the walls. However, it is an important part of your home and you need to maintain it.

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