Petri Plumbing Offers Tips to Avoid Water Heater Hazards

Leading Brooklyn plumbing company offers advice on maintaining water heaters during the coldest months

Jan 26, 2016, 07:00 ET from Petri Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Jan. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As temperatures drop and the winter season becomes colder, homeowners in New York City should pay close attention to the preservation of their water heaters. Petri Plumbing and Heating, Inc., a leading plumbing company serving Brooklyn since 1906, is offering New York City residents important tips on how to monitor household water heaters during these chillier winter months.

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"We see hundreds of poorly maintained water heaters that need to be fixed or replaced around this time of year," said Michael Petri, owner of Petri Plumbing. "Water heaters account for nearly 17 percent of a household's energy use, so it can get very costly if they aren't maintained properly or get too old."

To avoid costly water heater hazards, here are three maintenance tips from Petri Plumbing:

  1. Make sure your water heater is up-to-date and right for your home

    A water heater typically has a lifespan of 8 to 10 years. Old water heaters often leak – and as a result, frequent maintenance can increase overall expenses. Homeowners should consider installing a newer water heater versus continual repairs and pick one that fits the correct capacity for their home. Water heaters built after April 15, 2015 are required to meet different energy standards and as a result, are larger in size and may require modifications to their storage space, or a relocation.
  2. Install appropriate insulation

    When it comes to a water heater's insulation, it is essential to consider having fiberglass wraps installed that will help maintain the hot water. A professional plumber can install the wrap around a tank, and in addition, this is generally safer and less expensive than other insulation options. 

  3. Frequent inspections and water flushes

    It's advised to regularly inspect a water heater's pilot light to ensure the system is heating properly. These should always be blue in color as a red or orange hue indicates a malfunction. In addition, a homeowner should have their water heater flushed at least once a year to remove rust or sediment that might have built up.

Frozen pipes are also a point of concern for many homeowners since, if undetected, they can cause thousands of dollars of damage. Petri Plumbing encourages homeowners to let their water drip from faucets and keep the cabinet doors underneath the faucets open to allow warm air to circulate.

To find out more information on water heater maintenance in New York City, call Petri Plumbing at (718) 748-1254.

About Petri Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

Petri Plumbing and Heating, Inc. is a family owned and operated business serving Brooklyn and the New York City area. Founded in 1906, the company offers a 100 percent guarantee on all services, upfront pricing, and friendly and knowledgeable Service Experts for all kinds of home and business plumbing and heating needs. Services offered include water and gas pipe leak repair and installation, fixture installations, inspections, boiler repair, water heater installation, complete bathroom, kitchen, laundry & utility room remodeling and more. Petri Plumbing is also licensed and certified by Green Plumbers USA - the first in New York City. For more information, please visit:

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