Importance of a Water Heater Flush!

Most water heater manufactures recommend flushing your water heater annually. This maintenance will help flush minerals and sediment that can buildup over time and settle at the bottom of your water heater tank causing your unit to work harder, thus making it less efficient. By flushing your water heater you will extend its useful life and protect your plumbing fixtures from sediment and minerals that make their way into your home’s plumbing system.

  • Cleans out sediment
  • Reduces water heater noise
  • Improves heating speed
  • Reduces energy cost
  • Helps to avoid four odors from stagnant water

 

Tips to Staying Cool During a Heat Wave

During heat waves, air conditioning systems are designed to cool your home approximately 20 degrees cooler than the outside air. For example, even if your thermostat is set for 70 degrees, on a 95 degree day, your home may not drop below 75 degrees.

To keep your home as cool as possible:

  • Keep up with yearly Air Conditioning Maintenance. This will help your unit function effectively and efficiently.
  • Make sure your air conditioning filters are clean. Replacing a clogged air filter with a new one can lower the air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent, according to the US Department of Energy.
  • If your Air Conditioning is on, make sure to close windows and doors. Also, remember to close shades and blinds where direct sunlight shines through your windows.
  • Supplement with fans. Stagnant air feels warmer than the temperature indicates. Just by circulating air with a fan can make you feel like your home is cooler.
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room. By leaving unneeded lights on, you are contributing to the warmth in your home.

To Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance or Repair:
You can reach us at 1-800-677-8776 and select option “1”. If you prefer the internet, please email Info@RussoBrosPlumbing.com

Winter Safety Tips

When Temperatures Stay Below Freezing:
Warm It Up
Make sure you raise your heat above 73 degrees in extremely cold weather.

Give Pipes a Helping Hand
If pipes run through cabinets or vanities, open the doors to let warmer room temperatures flow in.

Keep Water Working
Keep water moving through the pipes by allowing a small trickle of water to run.  The cost of the extra water is lower than the cost of repairing a broken pipe.

But If Your Pipes Do Freeze:
Shut Off the Water
After turning off the main shut off valve,  open faucets in the area.

Thaw Pipe with Warm Air
Melt the frozen water in the pipe by warming the air around it.  Be sure not to leave space heaters unattended.

Be Careful Turning the Water Back On
Once pipes are thawed, slowly turn the water back on and check pipes and joints for any cracks or leaks that might have caused the freezing.

Prepare Your Home for Winter

 

KNOW HOW TO SHUT OUR WATER OFF
Locate your main water shut-off valve.  Mark the valve with a brightly colored tag so you can find it quickly in an emergency.

CHECK SPRINKLER OR IRRIGATION SYSTEMS
Make sure you’ve turned everything off and fully drained the system.

IDENTIFY YOUR HOME’S FREEZING POINTS
Check your home for pipes in areas that might be prone to freezing, such as crawl spaces, unheated rooms, basements, garages and exterior walls.

PROTECT YOUR PIPES
Where pipes are exposed to cold, wrap them with insulation or heat tape.

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day is a day to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis – a topic often neglected in society. Today, 4.5 billion people are struggling to live well, keep their children alive and work towards a better future – all because they don’t have access to proper sanitation. It’s hard to believe, but globally more people have access to cell phones than toilets!

Only 39% of the global population use a safely managed sanitation service, and 1.8 billion people use an unimproved source of drinking water with no protection against contamination. Combined with safe water and good hygiene, improved sanitation could prevent around 842,000 deaths each year.

The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to a safely-managed household toilet by 2030. This makes sanitation central to eradicating extreme poverty.  For more information or ideas on how you can help, please visit:
www.worldtoiletday.info
www.un.org/en/events/toiletday