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What is the purpose of a plumbing protection program?

We have found that most homeowners don’t have the technical knowledge to make themselves aware of potential plumbing problems. Customers who participate in the “Plumbing Policy of Assurance Program” save money with our preferred client “Value Rate” pricing program. We offer this because, a well-cared-for home saves a homeowner money in the long run.

About Our Plumbing Peace Of Mind Protection Program

The purpose of this program is to:

  • Locate and alert you to potential plumbing problems before they become an emergency.

  • Find money wasting leaks.

  • Help assure the safe and efficient operation of your water heater.

  • Provide you with all your plumbing needs during the year at our special preferred client “VALUE RATE”. This is considerably less than what our non-program clients pay. Your service technician will be happy to show you your savings.

  • Provide preferred emergency service if the need ever arises.

  • Show you new money saving ideas and products.

  • Provide you with information on available items for safety and protection of your family.

If any problems are noted, we will bring them to your attention. At your request, we will furnish exact prices in writing for all recommended repairs and perform these repairs immediately or schedule them at your convenience.

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Plumbing Policy Of Assurance Program

General Information

  1. Dye test all toilets.
    Value to you
    – The purpose of this test is to determine if your toilet has a money wasting leak. A large leak could waste hundreds of gallons of water each day and add several hundred dollars to your annual water and sewer bill. If you are on a septic tank, the same leak could be even more expensive.

  2. Check all faucets for leaks.
    Value to you
    – A leaky faucet can waste over 200 gallons of water per day. Also, allowing faucets to continue leaking can cause further damage to the faucet resulting in more expensive repairs.

  3. Check all exposed hot and cold water supply lines.
    Value to you
    – Supply lines can deteriorate and even rupture. Deteriorated lines can usually be detected and replaced before a serious leak and damage occurs.

  4. All sink piping will be checked.
    Value to you
    – Corroded and deteriorated traps can be detected and replaced before they cause problems.

  5. All fixture drains will be checked.
    Value to you
    – Fixture drains that are not “freerunning” are likely to become completely plugged.

  6. Washing machine hoses will be checked.
    Value to you
    – Hoses deteriorate with age and can rupture and cause damage.

  7. All lawn faucets will be checked for leaks.
    Value to you
    – Unrepaired leaks waste money and the absence of vacuum breakers can be hazardous

  8. Check all emergency water shut-offs for proper pperation and tag main emergency shut-offs. 
    Value to you
    – Non-working emergency shut-offs are of no use when really needed and if they fail when used, it can cause a bigger problem.

Hot Water Heater – Gas

  1. Flush the water heater.
    Why?
    Over time, the hot temperature of the water in the tank causes lime sediments from the water to tend to build up in the bottom of the tank (depending on the water’s hardness). This build-up causes the water heater to lose heat transfer efficiency, which means that the water heater has to work harder to heat the water, making it more expensive to operate.

  2. Relief valve testing.
    Why?
    The pressure relief valve is an important safety feature of your water heater. If too much pressure builds up on the tank, the pressure relief valve opens up to relieve the pressure. However, corrosion or scale build-up can prevent the valve from operating properly, potentially resulting in the tank exploding. Therefore it is very important to test the pressure relief valve to ensure that is it operating properly.

  3. Check for proper vent draft.
    Why?
    Improper or back drafting (flue spillage) from your water heater could allow the excessive formation of carbon monoxide. This could then enter your home.

  4. Check for gas leak.
    Why?
    We will leak check the gas line from the water heater shut-off valve to the burners. Undetected gas leaks are dangerous and result in higher gas bills.

  5. Check for water leaks.
    Why?
    Leaks may indicate a serious problem which can be costly. When leaks are found early, appropriate action can be taken on a non-emergency basis.

  6. Check operation of emergency cutoff.
    Why?
    If you are not aware of where the emergency water cutoff is located, or if it is inoperable, this could cause a costly problem if you have a leak.

  7. Check drain valve operation.
    Why?
    The drain valve is used for flushing sediment from the tank and draining the water heater in case of repairs and/or replacement.

Hot Water Heater – Electric

  1. Flush the water heater.
    Why?
    Over time, the hot temperature of the water in the tank causes lime sediments form the water to tend to build up in the bottom of the tank (depending on the water’s hardness). This build-up causes the water heater to lose heat transfer efficiency, which means that the water heater has to work harder to heat the water, making it more expensive to operate.

  2. Relief valve testing.
    Why?
    The pressure relief valve is an important safety feature of your water heater. If too much pressure builds up on the tank, the pressure relief valve opens up to relieve the pressure. However, corrosion or scale build-up can prevent the valve from operating properly, potentially resulting in the tank exploding. Therefore it is very important to test the pressure relief valve to ensure that it is operating properly.

  3. Check condition of wiring.
    Why?
    Loose or worn wiring can lead to loss of hot water and can be dangerous.

  4. Check for water leaks.
    Why?
    Leaks may indicate a serious problem. When leaks are found early, appropriate action can be taken.

  5. Check operation of emergency cutoff.
    Why?
    If you are not aware of where the emergency water cutoff is located, or if it is inoperable, this could cause a costly problem if you have a leak.

  6. Check drain valve operation.
    Why?
    The drain valve is used for flushing sediment from the tank and draining the water heater in case of repairs and/or replacement.

Value To You - When your hot water heater is operating properly, it can produce more hot water for less money.
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Water Pressure Reducing Valves

Conserve Water and Energy Automatically

Water and energy conservation are so intertwined that they are practically synonymous. Any reduction in the usage of water will automatically result in a reduction of the use of energy. What this means, therefore, is that our whole philosophy on the use of water is changing. We are finally recognizing that we have been “water rich” over the years and that it is now time to get back to reality by adjusting to our actual need and to practice good conservation principals.

Water Pressure Reducing Valves are a simple way to conserve water and energy if your water pressure is 80 psi or above. These automatic controls are installed at the water meter to reduce the city main pressure to a lower, more functional pressure-for most purposes: 50 psi.

Water pressure reducing valves are a cost effective way to save money on your water and sewer bills normally having a payback period of about 24 to 30 months. A pressure reducing valve can save the average home between 30,000 and 40,000 gallons of water per year. Since a typical family of four uses approximately 93,000 gallons of water per year, the savings can be significant. As you can see, the higher the water pressure, the greater amount of water that is wasted.

Did you know that you may be able to save money on your water bill and sewer bill?

  • It is not uncommon in our area to pay one-half cent ($.005) per gallon for water and sewer use. The numbers above show what wasting water can cost you. Waiting to stop water leaks costs you in two ways. You must pay for the water wasted and delay can cause more extensive repair of the drains leaking.

  • Compare bathing vs. showering for water usage. Mark height of water with tape during bath; take a shower with the tub stopped and compare the water level.

  • Install the stopper before turning on the water. Initial cold water can be warmed by adding hot water.

  • The difference between a five-minute and ten-minute shower could mean a savings of up to 45 gallons. Consider installing water saving shower heads.

  • A dishwasher uses three to five times as much water as washing dishes by hand.

  • Only wash full loads in your dishwasher. Soak pots and pans overnight if required.

  • Don’t run tap water waiting for it to cool. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator instead.

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