TIP OF THE MONTH - May 2015
Preventative Maintenance-Common Problem Areas
Facts of Real Estate
Toilets are a source of frequent repairs and energy inefficiency.
Toilets should be replaced and serviced not only due to age or
disrepair but as a water-saving and cost saving measure. Traditional
toilets consume five to seven gallons of water per flush,representing
nearly 28 percent of a building’s total water consumption. An
environmentally sound alternative is the ultra-low flush toilet, a
reduced consumption appliance that uses only 1.6 gallons per flush
while there are concerns that these low consumption toilets cause
increased clogging problems, studies show that stoppages are not
increased, but sometimes require double flushes. Look for
pressure-assisted systems to resolve these problems.
SHOWER HEADS & FAUCETS: Landlords can perform
many adjustments to shower heads and faucets to reduce water waste and
lower costs. Conventional shower heads use approximately 4.5
gallons per minute (GPM). NOTE: all shower heads and faucets manufactured after 1/1/94 will have a maximum flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute.
WATER HEATERS: Good water heater maintenance increases
the heater tank, life, stops noise and odor problems and reduces fuel
consumption. Areas requiring particular attention include: Corrosion:
All water heaters contain an anode rod (usually made of magnesium),
which gradually corrodes to prevent rusting. For maximum
efficiency, the rod should be replaced every 5-6 years. Sediment removal:
Heavy mineral deposits in water heaters can cause over-heating, noises,
and bacterial. Adequate removal of sediment addresses these
This web page was updated on 04/30/2015.