Most homeowners and renters don’t realize that plumbing issues can affect our electrical and gas bills. Though “DIY” solutions promoted on the Internet are tempting, big pipe and plumbing problems require professional attention. Trying to fix “small leaks” on your own can potentially create a more costly problem.
Make an appointment with a trusted plumber to avoid issues that could cause water damage — as well as inflate your gas and electricity bills.
How Hydro and Gas Costs Rise:
Boiler Needs Descaling
Boilers collect lime scale (and other kinds of matter) on their inner walls. The residue may not threaten the overall function of the system, but it will affect your boiler’s efficiency. The boiler will overwork and need more power to operate. Eventually, it will break down. Ask for a plumbing professional for cleaning and descaling service.
High Water Pressure
Excessively high water pressure can kill your pipes and appliances (e.g. water heater, dishwasher, or washing machine). An unsafe amount of pressure stresses the components and reduces their capabilities.
Regular plumbing maintenance can help determine if your water pressure is within normal range. Your plumber can help correct any problem, and potentially extend the lifespan of your entire system.
Tip: The normal water pressure at home is approximately 40 to 45 psi (pounds per square inch), and avoid exceeding to 60 psi.
Air in the Radiator
Radiators and central heating systems sometimes suffer from trapped air. Radiators are usually filled with hot water; too much air can decrease the capacity and effectiveness of the heat source. The system has to double its performance to perform, resulting in extra gas costs.
It’s always best to call your plumber for assistance, but until s/he arrives, you can:
- Turn off the radiator for a while
- Place a container under the valve.
- Open the valve and drain water.
- Wait 15-20 minutes and close the valve,
- Switch the radiator back on.
Small problems can escalate quickly. With a little home inspection you can avoid the heartache of bigger bills and eventual property damage. If left unattended, a small crack can turn into a huge mess.
If you have drain clog or noisy water heater, call for help immediately. Get your system working properly by hiring a licensed team from the beginning; call Plumbing Authority Inc. today at: (647) 992-7473 for drain service and repairs in King City, Bolton, and the Golden Horseshoe.