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Four Plumbing Resolutions for the New Year

It isn’t easy to fathom that 2018 has passed and 2019 has arrived. Time seemed to swiftly pass by in 2018, and you might not have achieved your resolutions from the previous year. As you contemplate and plan for the year ahead, incorporating some plumbing goals into your list can be an excellent way to commence the New Year.

1. Give your hot water heater some TLC.

When you shower, wash dishes, or do laundry, your hot water heater supplies hot water. If you use a tank-style water heater, sediment can accumulate at the bottom of the tank. It’s recommended to have a licensed plumber examine, clean, and flush your hot water heater periodically. If your water heater has been in service for more than five years, it might be an appropriate moment to consider switching to tankless water heaters, which are significantly more efficient.

2. Take care of any water leaks, dripping faucets, and slow-draining drains.

The presence of water in your basement or crawl space usually indicates a water leak. Ignoring leaks can result in more costly repairs and damage to your home’s interior structures. It is better to have a licensed plumber examine the leak and repair it promptly.

Dripping faucets not only waste water but also indicate fixture problems. Replacing the existing fixture with a new water-saving one can fix the leak and reduce your water bills.

Slow-draining drains are a sign of pipe blockages. Waiting until it becomes a clog can cause significant inconvenience in your home. You won’t be able to use your sink, tub, shower, or toilet until you remove the clog. It’s best to address the problem early on.

3. Upgrade your toilet with a low-flush toilet.

By replacing the internal flushing components of your existing toilet, you can convert it into a low-flush model. However, if your toilet is old, upgrading to a new model that already incorporates these features might be more convenient. Utilizing less water per flush cycle can assist in reducing your water bills.

4. Have the drainpipe on your AC unit

Most central air conditioning units have a drainage pipe that disposes of the condensation from inside the unit. This pipe can become blocked by dirt and debris, and it is advisable to have it professionally cleaned once a year. Additionally, it is recommended to schedule an annual tune-up for your AC and heating system at the same time to ensure they are functioning at their best.

To schedule service for any of the above plumbing resolutions or an AC tune-up service for your home in the Houston area, please don’t hesitate to contact MET Plumbing & Air Conditioning at 281-603-9949 today!

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