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Plumbing Resolutions for the New Year

Plumbing resolutions to make in the New Year to help prevent emergencies and save you money.

It’s that time of year. It’s time to make resolutions and promise yourself that you will do better in the coming year. According to Dr. John Norcross, a clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Scranton, almost one-half of individuals make New Year’s resolutions with almost one-half of those maintaining their resolutions at least 6 months.  The most common resolutions include losing
weight, getting organized, spending less money and exercising more.  

As you make your resolution, keeping your home safe and efficient, may be on your list of priorities. If so, the following are plumbing resolutions to help save you money or prevent plumbing emergencies:

Know and follow what foods not to put down your garbage
disposal.

Use eco-friendly drain cleaners when needed. These don’t contain harsh chemicals that could damage both the environment and your pipes.

When buying new appliances, including water heaters, or a new heating system, look for Energy Star.

If you are replacing toilets, install low-flush toilets to help control water usage.

Have your water heater checked. Water heaters need regular maintenance. Contact a plumber to check out your heater and flush it, if needed, to make sure you don’t get caught without hot water.

Consider having a plumbing inspection. Have a plumber complete a whole home plumbing inspection to make sure everything is running correctly and there are no leaks or possible emergencies down the line.

Upgrade your kitchen and bathroom faucets. Not only will new faucets brighten up your room, changing to faucets that use less water can save you money on your water bill.

Schedule an annual heating inspection. Furnaces should be inspected, cleaned and tuned-up on an annual basis. If you haven’t had a heater inspection this year, call to schedule on.

Pay attention to possible problems. Hammering noises, slow drains, water that isn’t as hot as it used to be can all signal potential problems that can end up as expensive emergency calls. This year, make your resolution to contact a plumber as soon as you notice something is wrong instead of waiting until it is too late.

Platinum Plumbing & Heating.

610-409-6500

www.platinumplumbingpa.com                                                                             

References:

“New Year. Resolutions. Goals,” 2011, Dec. 31, Staff Writer, University of Scranton, Small Business Development Center

“New Years Resolution Statistics,” 2012, Dec. 31, Staff Writer, Statistic Brain

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Ruth January 02, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Thank you for the tips. I will use them. I have one other tip. When there is a freeze warning, I leave the hot and cold water running at a drip in all of the pipes. This keeps the pipes from bursting. In the real hot weather, I keep the cold water at a drip to protect the pipes in my house.

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