Most people cannot afford to be without the luxury of having hot water readily available. While there are some people that heat their water in rustic ways, most people have water heaters that do the heating automatically. Water heaters operate by gas or electric. No matter what kind of water heater you have right now, eventually, you will have to replace it. The question is, when do you replace it and how much will it cost in the long run?
Some of the signs that you need to replace your water heater include:
- Running out of hot water faster under normal use (laundry, showers, dishwashers, etc.)
- Leaking or seeping of water at the bottom of the tank
- The water is tinted or rust-colored out of the tap
- Age – the average water heater lasts about ten years
We utilize the plumbing in our homes every day. We turn on faucets, take showers, and flush toilets without a thought to the pipes that make it all possible. Could you recognize the signs that your home’s plumbing needs to be replaced? Here are a few tips to help you know when it’s time to replace your plumbing.
1. Replace certain materials now – If you live in an older home, and have not updated the plumbing, now may be the time. If your pipes are made of lead or polybutylene you need to replace them now, no matter their age. Lead pipes can release lead into your water, causing serious health hazards. Polybutylene pipes tend to break down with the antioxidants in our water supply, and can become dry, brittle, and crack or flake.
One of the least thought about appliances in your home is the hot water heater. It is usually in the basement, crawl space, or far off closet, and you only think of it when you begin having problems with your hot water.
Yet a hot water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home. How else would you be able to enjoy a warm shower in the morning, and get your dishes clean with hot sudsy water at night?
Enjoy this video, which shows the entire process from beginning to end on how a water heater is created in the factory.
Home remodels can be time-consuming and expensive processes, especially if you are not prepared for the extent of the work. Plumbing might not sound like a difficult aspect of a remodel – after all, there are much larger jobs to be completed. However, the plumbing of your home is an essential aspect and a very important part of any remodel. The following tips will help you prepare for your New Year’s remodel and ensure that any plumbing work is completed efficiently.
Understand your city’s building codes. When it comes to making changes in the plumbing of your home, it is important to follow the rules and regulations imposed by your city. If you do not adhere to the regulations then your work will not pass code inspection, resulting in more time and money to make the corrections.
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Tis the season for special times with family, friends, and food; but is your garbage disposal up to the challenge? Here are five quick tips to keep your garbage disposal in top shape and peak performance this holiday season.
1. Keep it small – Your garbage disposal does a lot to make work in your kitchen easier. Do it a favor in return and keep waste small. Break or cut up waste before it goes into the disposal. Small pieces make the disposal’s job easier.
2. Know the No-No’s - There are certain things your garbage disposal just does not like. Use common sense when putting things down the disposal. Don’t put anything hard down the disposal. Rather than using the disposal, throw away fibrous things such as coffee grinds, banana peels, onion skins. And of course, no hands. For the welfare of your disposal and your fingers keep the two apart.
When you get up on a cold, dark winter morning, the last thing you want to do is to step into a cold shower. The hot water heater is one of those home appliances that is out of sight, and out of mind. Until it quits working.
Here are tips to keep your hot water heater in top shape this winter.
1. Make sure the area surrounding the hot water is clear from dirt and debris. Oftentimes, the hot water area is used as a storage space. Not only is this dangerous, but in the case of gas water heaters, a constant flow of air around the heater will help it to run more efficiently.
2. Insulate the water heater. Most hot water heaters can be fitted with an insulation “blanket.” This will help the water heater run more efficiently and can be found at most hardware stores or through your local plumber.
Dealing with a clogged toilet can be a difficult task. The method you choose for fixing the problem, however, may depend on what is causing the clog. Here are some of the most common items that will clog your toilet drain:
1. Toilet paper – Children are prone to use too much toilet paper, or create a game involving watching toilet paper flush down the drain.
2. Feminine supplies – Most toilets are simply not able to handle these types of products effectively, so it is best to put these products into the garbage rather than the toilet.
3. Paper towels – This type of paper simply does not work like toilet paper in toilets. It does not take long for paper towels to cause problems in the workings of your drain system.
Whether it’s a drip in the bathroom sink, or a slow leak from the water heater, homeowners are infamous at putting things off until they become an emergency. It comes with territory – we’re busy seven days of the week, and rarely have time to spend on extra chores.
Yet some things are ultimately more important than others. Here’s a list of 7 plumbing mistakes many homeowners make.
1. The “It Will” Do Approach
You start out on a project, whether it’s installing a new toilet, or fixing a dripping faucet. You don’t have the right tools or the right parts, so you use what you have. Who has time to run back up to the hardware store? Yet this can cause more leaking, and possible broken equipment quickly as things begin to deteriorate. Avoid the inclination and make sure you fix it correctly the first time.
2. Install Fixtures Without Using A Level
In order to get the job done quickly, you throw in the new toilet without thinking twice about how level it is. Yet by being slightly off balance, you are more apt to water problems down the road. Leveling is important before you finish the installation.
As a homeowner, you constantly run into little jobs that eat away at your off time. Your weekly “honey-do” lists can quickly turn into a nightmare if you aren’t careful. Yet should you really hire a plumber for the little things? Or should you reserve it only for the big jobs or emergencies?
While it might seem like a good idea to save a few bucks and fix the washer in a faucet, or clear a clogged drain, the pros handle these situations every day. What if you turn a washer too far, causing a larger leak? Or what if you break the fitting, causing a sudden flow of water? The few bucks you were trying to save can quickly escalate into a major repair.
Yes, plumbing isn’t always difficult, but it does take a lot of knowledge and experience. It also takes patience and perseverance. If you’ve ever run to the hardware store again and again – and again – because you didn’t get the right part, you know how frustrating it can be.
There are two different kinds of plumbers – the plumber specializing in service calls, and the plumber specializing in construction or home design.