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Our Resources

In order to keep our customers safe and comfortable, we provide the most up to date resources from our plumbing and heating professionals. When you need tips for how to handle your heater, or if you need to know when to contact a New York City plumber, we can help you through the process.

Our resources include:

Get the Most Out of Your Water Heater

  • Even though water heaters can go a long time before they need to be serviced, taking  a few minutes once a year can do wonders for the life of your New York City water heater. Some of the things you can do to your water heater to decrease your chances of needing plumbing repair in the future include:
    • Checking the pressure-release valve to make sure it releases water when you lift the lever. If it does not, then you might need to get a new valve, which we would be more than happy to take care of for you
    • Fully draining the tank to make sure all of the sediment is flushed out not only to extend the life of your water heater, but to also lower your energy bills
    • Installing a second anode rod
    • Installing an expansion tank
    • Putting in water softeners on your water heater

    All of these suggestions are also great ways to keep from having to call out an emergency plumber should you ever start to experience problems with your water heater.

Why Pipes Burst

Interestingly enough, it’s not the ice on your pipes which causes them to burst, nor is the cause the expansion of ice in the walls of the pipe. Instead, burst pipes are caused by:

  • The continuous freezing and expansion that happens inside of a pipe after it becomes completely blocked by ice
  • An increase in downstream water pressure

One of the best things you can do to keep your pipes from freezing and bursting is to make sure they’re properly insulated along their full length. Alternatively, you can also keep your pipes heated during the more bitter days of winter. Doing so can keep you from having to call out an emergency plumber or from needing plumbing repair.

Contact a New York City heating and plumbing professional at 800-547-1422, or check out our plumbing tips and heating tips to learn more about your heater and what a Star Cities plumber can do for you.