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12 Money Saving Tips from JR'S Plumbing

Tip #1 All homeowners should have their heating and hot water systems inspected by a professional once a year.

Tip #2 If your boiler or furnace is over 20 years old, you should consider replacing it. Thanks to new technology, there are systems available that operate at 96% efficiency. Most systems 20 years or older are operating at as low as 50% efficiency. According to Money Magazine, replacing your old, inefficient system can save you more money than any other home improvement project and will pay for itself within 3 to 5 years.

Tip #3 Your boiler, furnace and hot water heater, whether gas or oil fired, should be cleaned and serviced every fall by a qualified service company. You can improve the efficiency of your system by nearly 15%

Tip #4 All heating and air conditioning filters should be replaced or serviced twice a year. Clogged filters can reduce your heating efficiency up to 35% when left unchanged for long periods of time.

Tip #5 If applicable, always have the antifreeze and corrosive inhibitor tested in your boiler system once a year. Most hydronic fan coil systems require antifreeze due to the blower units installed in unheated attic spaces. This is a simple process that can avoid catastrophic damage to your home if left unchecked.

Tip #6 Service your humidifier once a year to prevent shrinkage of decorative moldings, health issues and overall dryness in your home.

Tip #7 If you have hot water heating, consider installing a dedicated line connected to your boiler system below the main valve. This allows you to turn off the water supply to your home while you are away and keeps the hydronic heating system pressurized. This installation can prevent considerable water damage to your home should you have a freeze-up

Tip #8 If your gas, oil or electric glass-lined hot water heater is over 12 years old, it should be inspected. Tank failures in these older heaters can cause considerable damage to your home.

Tip #9 Always disconnect you garden hoses by November 15th. Drain your outside showers as well. Most homes now have frost-free hose bibs installed. However, leaving a hose connected to the bib when temperatures fall below freezing will cause a flood in your basement that will result in a lot of damage to your home.

Tip #10 Inspect your washing machine hoses. Older machines have rubber hoses that "dry rot" and leak. Many homes are destroyed by a bad laundry hose. They must be replaced with stainless steel braided hoses to keep your home safe from water damage.

Tip #11 If your home has a well system, you should have the well tank serviced on an annual basis and it should be charged with air. Many times the well tank becomes water logged and causes the submersible pump to cycle and burn out. One simple service call can save you nearly $4,000.00 in expense later if the pump fails due to cycling.

Tip #12 Every homeowner with a well system should have their water tested for iron, hardness and pH. Low pH is extremely corrosive to your entire plumbing system. If your water is "blue staining" your fixtures or discoloring your hair, you need to have your water tested.
Services List
Water line repair & replacement
Drain line repair & replacement
Sump pump & well pump repairs
Water pressure issues
Leaking pipes
Faucet repair & replacement
Backflow testing
Water heater repair & replacement
Gas piping
Drain cleaning
New construction fixtures & faucets
Commercial water heaters
Complete building renovations
Gas and water leak detection & repairs
Frozen pipes electrically thawed

JR'S Plumbing in Branson Missouri  2014