Plumbing Tips from Roto Rooter in ABQ

Talking with ClientMany plumbing emergencies can be avoided with regular plumbing maintenance, particularly plumbing disasters that arise from changes in the weather. These tips from Roto-Rooter will help you maintain the health of your plumbing system all year round and help you reduce your water usage.

Outdoor Winterizing Tips

Many residential plumbing problems stem from water line ruptures and faucet leaks caused by freezing water. However, you can avoid major plumbing repairs by winterizing your home plumbing system. Before the year’s first freeze:

  • Disconnect all outside hoses.
  • Check for leaks or drips from outside faucets.
  • Cover outside faucets with an insulation kit (available from most home improvement stores).
  • Insulate water pipes in unheated areas like garages and crawl spaces.

If you discover any leaks, drips or performance issues with any fixtures, contact Roto-Rooter for plumbing repairs and additional winterizing assistance.

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Indoor Winterizing Tips

Inside your home, your hot water heater needs the most attention moving into the colder seasons.

  • Check the temperature setting. To prevent scalding and save energy, set the temperature no higher than 120°F.
  • Flush the unit to remove sediment that can speed corrosion.
  • Check the pressure relief valve.

Consult your manufacturer’s guide for regular maintenance instructions. If you have never done hot water heater maintenance or your unit is more than 15 years old, contact the experienced residential plumbers at Roto-Rooter for help.

Springtime Tips

When temperatures begin to rise again, check for signs of water leaks around your house. Standing water in your yard may indicate a ruptured sewer line. Leaks or drips coming from outside faucets may indicate a damaged water line. You can also test for hidden water leaks by monitoring your water meter. Take a reading at night after everyone in your household is finished using water. Take a second reading in the morning before water consumption begins. If the readings are different, you may have a leak.

The plumbers at Roto-Rooter in Albuquerque, NM can provide drain cleaning service and are happy to prepare a free estimate for any other plumbing issue your springtime inspection may turn up.

Water Conservation Tips

Saving money on your utility bills is welcome all year-round. To cut down on your water consumption, consider:

    Installing a new water-saver toilet. Toilets can account for up to 40% of your total water consumption. Cutting down on gallons of water used per flush can significantly cut down your water usage.

    Installing a high-efficiency showerhead. Newer showerheads can save about 7.5 gallons of water per minute. Multiply that by the number of minutes of an average shower and the number of people in your household, and you can see your water-saving potential.

    Checking the incoming water pressure. If the water pressure coming into your house is over 60 psi, it is too high. While you cannot control the water pressure coming from the municipal supply, you can have a pressure-limiting valve installed so that your household plumbing’s water pressure is decreased.

    Checking your sprinkler system. Water running down the sidewalk or street could indicate overspray or leaks. Preventing water wastage will keep the cost of maintaining your landscaping manageable.

Roto-Rooter can help you make any home improvements to help you conserve water. Please contact us for a free estimate and additional information about water conservation rebates through the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority.

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