Plumbing problems can waste water, cause mold growth, and damage your walls and flooring. Since your water heater needs power to work, trouble with the plumbing in your Lake Forest, Illinois home can also increase your electricity or gas bills. Here’s how to prevent these common plumbing problems from occurring.

Leaky Pipes

A dripping tap often seems like a minor problem, but it can waste hundreds of gallons of water per day. Fortunately, you can fix most leaky faucets by replacing the washer.

You should also watch for leaks around your water heater and underneath sinks. If you notice a musty smell or mold growth, you might have a leak behind a wall.

To make sure you don’t have hidden leaks, turn of all the appliances that use water. Read the water meter outside your home, and recheck it after one or two hours. If the reading changes, you likely have a leak.

Water That’s Too Hot

If the water in your home is too hot, kids can burn themselves. Everyone will also have a hard time taking a comfortable shower.

Turning down your water heater will help you save energy. Since the thermostat on your water heater might be inaccurate, measure the temperature of the water with a thermometer. Use a faucet that’s as far away from your water heater as possible. Lower the temperature of the water heater and check the water after a few hours to make sure it feels comfortable.

Sediment in Your Water Heater

Sediment in the tank lowers your water heater’s efficiency by keeping it from heating water quickly. You should drain your water heater at least once per year to remove sediment.

Carefree Comfort, Inc. has over 30 years of experience. We can help you install, maintain, and repair water heaters and many other parts of your plumbing system. Call us anytime at 847-388-0115 for outstanding service.

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