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Why You Should Prioritize Water Heater Maintenance During Coldest Months

Brooklyn-based home service experts inform residents on how to winterize water heating systems and avoid untimely breakdowns

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Jan. 7, 2021 – Petri Plumbing & Heating, Inc., a family-owned home service company serving Brooklyn and Manhattan for more than 100 years, is offering tips on how to protect your water heater during the typically cold winter months in New York.

For many homeowners, water heater maintenance falls well below routine heating and cooling maintenance in terms of priority. That is why Michael Petri, owner of Petri Plumbing & Heating, is urging homeowners to be cognizant of the health of their water heaters.

“Most homeowners don’t think of water heater maintenance until a problem occurs, and by that time it is too late. With consistently cold temperatures, winter months are a good time to proactive when it comes to water heater prep and maintenance,” said Petri. “Often times, we see pipes freeze or even bursts because they haven’t been properly insulated. A simple tune up can help prevent these issues before they happen.

Here are some tips to protect water heaters during the winter months:

  • Insulate water heater pipes: Exposed water heater pipes have to work harder to maintain heat. Insulated pipes will make it easier for water heaters to produce hot water. In addition to that, insulation can also prevent pipes from freezing or bursting.
  • Flush the system: Flushing the water heater is another option, which will remove any built-up sediment. Eliminating sediment will extend the systems life and help prevent rust and clogs in the drain valve.
  • Consider installing a recirculation system: Installing a recirculation system will allow homeowners to have hot water when they need it at a fixture. This will also allow the heater to warm pipes at a consistent rate to prevent water lines from freezing.
  • Drain water heater system: For those planning to leave for a long period of time during the winter months, draining the water heater is essential to prevent damage. Any amount of water left inside the tank can potentially freeze and cause damage to the internal components of the system. When draining the water heater, isolate the water to the heater.

“Every homeowner needs and must maintain a water heater. Keeping the system running properly is much easier to do if you use one of these tips,” said Petri. “Small steps can prevent you from paying money out of your pocket to buy a new system.”

For more information about Petri Plumbing & Heating, or to schedule a service call, visit or call (718) 748-1254. 

About Petri Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Petri Plumbing & 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 is also licensed and certified by Green Plumbers USA, the first in New York City to receive this designation. For more information, please visit or call 718-748-1254.

Heather Ripley
Ripley PR

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