Your plumbing system is a hardy design, capable of transporting gallons of rushing water to and from your home. And it does all this with very little required maintenance from you. But you can help it along and spare yourself expensive problems by adding these smart plumbing accessories.
Water Hammer Arrestors
If a loud WHAM! greets you every time you turn off a faucet, then your plumbing system has a water hammer. The noise may also occur when the washing machine or dishwasher automatically closes a valve.
The sound you’re hearing is rushing water brought to a halt, sending a startling reverberation throughout the pipe.
A water hammer is more than alarming, it could be a sign that your home’s water pressure is too high. Over time, all that thudding will loosen joints and connections in the pipes. That’s bad.
A water hammer arrestor is a simple device that cushions the blow by directing pressure upward into a vertical chamber. It’ll more than muffle the noise -- installed correctly, it will spare you an expensive repair bill.
Smart Leak Sensors
You’re on vacation for the holidays when you receive an alert on your phone: The water heater sprung a leak. You’re 700 miles away but you’re not panicking because the smart leak detection device automatically shut off your home’s water supply to prevent a flood.
There are a variety of leak sensors on the market and they all more or less work the same way. Place sensors in locations where leaks are likely -- your laundry room, kitchen and bathrooms -- and they’ll send you a notification the moment they detect moisture. These devices are pretty affordable, too and they’ll more than pay for themselves when they save your home from costly water damage.
Hard water is doing a number to your plumbing system, including your washing machine and dishwasher. Water high in mineral content clogs pipes and takes years off of your appliances. It’s a real problem in Katy and surrounding rural communities where many residents rely on well water.
A water softener removes excess minerals, such as magnesium and calcium, from your water supply. That means better-tasting water, improved appliance performance, and fewer plumbing problems.
Homeowners in northern states understand the value of pipe insulation: it prevents pipes from freezing and bursting in winter. But people in mild climates can benefit by wrapping their pipes, too.
Do your exposed pipes sweat and drip? Left untreated, you’ll have mold and mildew to deal with. Pipe insulation prevents condensation and keeps hot water hot as it travels from your water heater to the tap. That means you can lower the temperature on your water heater for energy savings.
For all of your plumbing needs, turn to the pros at Mercy Plumbing by calling (832) 734-9731.