Some things in life require a lot of maintenance. Some things don’t.
If your water heater is one of those appliances that constantly needs pesky repairs, it might be time re-evaluate your situation. Repairs can become costly and time consuming, especially when they occur often. If you are at the point that your water heater is beyond repair, too costly to repair, not energy efficient or simply outdated, it might be time to find a plumber to install a new water heater.
If you haven’t used a plumber in awhile, don’t jump at the first one you find. Before you perform a search online for a plumber to install your water heater, take the time to think about what skills you want him to possess.
Knowledge – The plumber you choose should be knowledgeable in all aspects of water heaters. There are a variety of water heaters to choose from, including gas, oil and electric. Some are more energy efficient than others. And what about tankless? Rather than relying on a water heater salesperson, don’t go with a company that touts one specific type or style. Instead, find one with experience in many different types to learn which is really the best water heater for your situation. Read more
We take hot water for granted. If there is hot water to wash clothes, dishes, and ourselves, we seldom think of how it got there. Out of sight, out of mind; so long as the water heater is working it is ignored. But while you are busy with your life, your water heater may be plotting to ruin your day. While the requirements for water heaters vary from state to state, here are a few danger signs and potential problem areas you should be aware of.
Venting - Proper venting is essential for proper water heater functionality. If the vents are damaged or improperly installed, they could lead to backdrafting of fumes or worse: carbon monoxide leaks.
Temperature/Pressure Relief Valve - The Temperature/Pressure Relief Valve is intended as a safety measure against overheating or over-pressurization within the water heater. Unfortunately, these valves are prone to failure. You should regularly check the valve by pulling up on the handle. Water should run freely while you hold the handle. If it does not, you should call a plumber to replace it. Read more
Clean drinking water is something you should never be without during an emergency – with your hot water heater, you never have to be. Whether you are suffering the effects of a flood or major power outage because of natural disasters, you should know how to get emergency drinking water from your hot water heater.
Turn off the power – The first step is to shut the power off to your hot water heater. Once you empty it, you will not want it to run because it will cause damage to the heater itself. You will need to determine if your heater runs on electricity or gas and shut it off appropriately, either through the circuit breaker or shutting the gas valve off.
Close supply valve – Shutting the supply valve off will prevent the water department from pumping contaminated water into your system once the water comes back on. Read more
You are probably aware of the large items that should never find their way into your pipes – but there are many everyday items that you may never give a second thought to throwing down your drain. What you may not know is that these items can cause havoc in your pipes, eventually leading to a major backup and expensive plumbing bills.
You might think your garbage disposal is meant for all garbage, but it is not! Your garbage disposal should never see several items.
Pasta – You might think that pasta is harmless; after all it is soft and can grind right up. Unfortunately that is not true; rather than becoming ground up, it expands in the water, just like it does in your stomach. What this leads to is a clogged drain. Read more
As a property manager, you already have your hands full managing each of the different properties and keeping the tenants happy. The job of a property manager never stops – especially when there is a plumbing crisis. It is important for you to know exactly how to handle any plumbing crisis. No, you are not a licensed plumber, but you are the tenant’s first resource for a solution. Knowing a few basic things about plumbing will help ensure that all plumbing problems are handled swiftly and with accuracy.
How to contact a licensed plumber – you should always have at least two or three qualified plumbers ready to contact. Some situations require more than just a pipe wrench. Make sure you have a few numbers handy of plumbers that are capable of handling a plumbing emergency, day or night.
Water shut-offs – you need to know how to turn the water off at each of your properties. This includes the main water shut-off to the entire house or building, as well as the shut-off valves in certain areas, such as under the sink or beside the toilet. Read more
As a homeowner, you should have a basic understanding of the plumbing that makes your home work. That does not mean you have to go to classes to become a certified plumber – it is just important to be able to understand the 5 basics of plumbing that will allow you to be knowledgeable when you call for a plumber.
Shut Off Valves – Imagine waking up to a basement full of water and a broken pipe spewing out water several gallons a minute. Stopping the water flow is your first priority. And that is accomplished by turning off the water at the source through the shut off valves. Figuring out exactly where it is during a non-emergency will make that flooding or other water emergency much less disastrous.
City Water or Well Water – In order for you to have your plumbing properly worked on, you should know if you are supplied with city water or well water. Homeowners with city water should have a basic understanding of how the pipes run and the homeowners with well water should know how to access the well. Read more
When you flush your toilet you anticipate that the water (and its contents) will swirl around a little bit and then make a hasty retreat from your home. It can be a bit disconcerting then, if some of the water (or worse) decides to make a impromptu encore appearance in your sink drain!
Since none of us want to see that again, you probably have two questions. One: what on earth is causing this unpleasant flooding? And two: how on earth do I fix it? Let’s take a minute to address each of these questions.
1. What is causing the flooding?
All the drains in your home lead to the main drain line. That means, the drain in your tub, the drain in your sink, and the drain in your toilet eventually all lead to the same place. As a result, if there is a problem in the main drain, drainage from one drain (i.e. the toilet) will find refuge in any other drain (i.e. the sink) until proper drainage can be resumed.
The most common cause of main drain problems is a clog. These clogs can be manmade or Mother Nature sent. Manmade clogs include anything that was flushed down the toilet and became lodged in the pipes. Natural clogs are typically caused by tree roots growing into the pipeline. Read more
Ahhh, imagine relaxing in your very own jetted tub every night after a long day of work and play. Nothing will feel better on your tired muscles than soaking in a warm bath.
If your remodel includes the bathroom, you may be looking at a variety of things. How about a jetted tub?
Choosing a tub can be more difficult than it sounds. With the many choices on the market today, its not only important to find one that looks good and fits in with your bathroom décor, but also one that meets your needs. For many, this choice comes down to choosing between a freestanding and a built-in jetted tub. Knowing the differences can help you make the best choice for your needs.