Common Causes Why Your Tankless Hot Water Heater Is Leaking

Leone Plumbing Tankless Water Heater InstallationA tankless water heater is the best choice when it comes to energy efficiency. If you compare it with tank-style water heaters, it will only spend energy when a hot water tap is turned on or if there is an appliance being used. Since it doesn’t come with a tank, most homeowners believe that a tankless water heater doesn’t leak. However, a tankless water heater can still be susceptible to leaks. Proper care and maintenance still play an important role in the longevity of this appliance.

What causes a tankless water heater to leak and how can we deal with it?

Contrary to what everyone thought that a tankless water heater is leak-free, this appliance can begin to leak after years of use. Here are the common causes of leaks on tankless water heaters.
Improper Venting
If not properly vented, condensation can cause leaks on your water heater. It is best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions before installing the appliance. The boiler should have proper venting through its roof or wall.
High Water Pressure and Flow Rates
For optimal performance, a tankless water heater requires low flow rates at 5 GPM and pressure at 30 PSI. If it goes beyond the allowed pressure and flow rates, it may cause leaks. Always monitor the pressure and flow rates and ensure that the required numbers are maintained.
Pipe Connections
Most tankless heaters are equipped with a relief valve, but some are not. Without a relief valve, there will be a build-up of pressure in the pipe joints which can cause leaks. Make sure that your water heater has a relief valve. Otherwise, our licensed plumbers can help you find and install a relief valve that will fit your heater. Tankless Water Heater Relief Valve Water Heater Install by Leone Plumbing
Hard Water
Particles such as calcium, lime, and other minerals are present in hard water. Over time, they build up like sediment that can affect the heat exchanger which will overheat the appliance and will cause leaks as well. Regular descaling can minimize and prevent sediment build-up on your tankless heater.
Acidic Water
Corroding pipes are a leading cause of leaks on tankless heaters. Acidic water can corrode pipes and creates a pinhole that grows over time. To prevent the risk, acidic water has to be monitored and neutralized.
Insufficient Gas Pipes
You need to ensure that the gas pipes have enough room to supply the necessary amount of gas demanded by the water heater. If not, leaks from gas pipes can bring a serious problem to your home! To prevent gas problems, it is recommended to have a separate line that runs from the meter to the heater without rerouting the gas main.

You Can Combat Leaks On Your Tankless Heater

Knowing the causes of leaks on a tankless heater can help you maintain your appliance so you can use it for a long time. If you need help or if you have concerns with your tankless heater, we are here for you! Contact us anytime.
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Important Things To Look At For Bathroom Renovations

Leone Plumbing Bathroom Renovations Renovating a bathroom is an exciting and thoughtful project. Whenever we do bathroom renovations, we take time to assess the needs of the family and design an efficient layout. The process of bathroom renovations is a collaborative effort between us and the client. In order to bring your dream bathroom into reality, there are important things to look at. If you are planning to renovate your bathroom, here are the things that you need to bear in mind.

Before Starting The Bathroom Renovation… Ask

Bathroom renovations can be very ecstatic and you may overlook some important points during the planning stage. Before speaking with a designer or contractor, you need to answer the following questions.
  • What’s your daily routine?
  • What’s your budget?
  • Do you need more storage?
  • How many people will be using the room?
  • What do you not like about your current space?

Look For An Inspiration

Every bathroom renovation starts with a dream. During the inspiration phase, there are many ideas that come to your mind. If you want to put your ideas into reality, you need to research the pros and cons, the challenges, and also the cost of your dream bathroom.

Get Updated With The Latest Trends

The trend nowadays focuses on functionality, comfort, and luxury. Most people are looking into achieving that standard of comfort that can be experienced in luxury hotels. If you want to achieve that luxurious finish for your bathroom, you need to be updated with the latest trends!

Concealed Bathroom Issues

It would be a waste of money if you were not able to identify hidden problems during bathroom renovations. You can’t afford to redo things. The worst concealed issue you may encounter is water damage. Prior to renovating your bathroom, you need to look for any structural defects like small leaks, corroded plumbing, uneven floor framing, and other issues that would cause water damage.

Bathroom Fixtures

A bathroom renovation won’t be complete without remodeling the bathroom fixtures like the sink, shower, bathtub, toilet, bidet, showerheads, and faucets. You can also change the look of your bathroom by updating your mirrors and shower doors.

Storing Solutions

You also need to prioritize the storage space for your bathroom. Your cabinets, storage, and shelving need to be functional so that they can accommodate your bathroom effects. Aside from looking stylish, everything should be reachable and have enough space to fit your stuff.

Measurements

It can be frustrating if you end up purchasing bathroom fixtures and features that don’t fit. Before you go to the store, make sure that you have the correct specifications and measurements. Bathroom Renovations Idea By Leone Plumbing

DIY Bathroom Renovations Or Hire A Contractor?

Hiring a contractor is still a smart option since renovating a bathroom can be a complex job. Can you afford to lose money if things get messed up? We are here to help you to achieve the bathroom of your dreams. Speak to us and let’s talk!  
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The Advantages Of Hydro Jetting To Unclog A Drain

Leone Plumbing Hydro Jetting Services It’s not fun to encounter clogged or slow drains. At some point, a homeowner experiences the hassle of dealing with stubborn clogs! Blockage such as grease, minerals, and other debris can create a large mess that can ruin your day. There are many ways to unclog a drain, but for the most stubborn blockages, the best solution is hydro jetting.

What Is Hydro Jetting And Why Is It Highly Recommended To Unclog A Drain?

Hydro Jetting is an effective method to remove dirt buildup on surfaces and also clogs on pipes. This method uses high-velocity water pressure which is injected into pipes using advanced equipment, special hoses, and jet nozzle. The hydro jetting system can work at pressures of as low as 4,000 pounds per square inch (psi) to as high as 60,000 psi (414 MPa), depending on the work to be done. We highly recommend hydro jetting to unclog the drain because of the following advantages.
Extremely Effective In Cleaning Pipes
Hydro jetting requires the use of a high-powered pressure washer in order to unclog a drain. The pressurized stream of water is effective to get rid of any clogs and dirt buildup on pipes. This method is long-lasting compared to snaking and it’s a perfect choice for any size or type of pipe.
It’s Cost-Effective
You can definitely save more money with hydro jetting. This method enables plumbers to clear the drain without opening up the pipes or resorting to expensive and tedious digging. You will yield additional savings with hydro jetting because it prevents future issues such as persistent clogs, water backups, and the risk of pipes bursting.Leone Plumbing Unclog Drain Services
Environmentally Safe
Since hydro jetting only uses a pressurized stream of water, there is no need to use harmful chemicals that can damage plants, trees, or contaminate nearby water sources.
It’s More Sanitary
Using conventional plumbing methods increases the risk of coming in contact with sewage debris. This is not the case with hydro jetting since the plumber will minimize contact with sewage and spend less time unclogging the drain.
More Flexibility
To unclog a drain with hydro jetting doesn’t require digging underground or opening walls. It can clean hard-to-reach areas of your pipes without exposing your home piping system. This method is also ideal for older homes where plumbing is less accessible and fragile as well. It’s safe and won’t damage pipes despite the high water pressures.

Need Help To Unclog A Drain?

We can help to resolve clogged drains in no time through the hydro jetting method. Contact us today to know more about hydro jetting, and to schedule an appointment.              

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Your Toilet Bowl Parts: How Do They Work?

Leone Plumbing Toilet Bowl Parts Maintenance ServiceThe toilet is one of the busiest appliances in a home and business. A toilet gets multiple uses every single day which makes it a heavy-duty appliance. As a household or a business owner, it is very important to keep your toilet clean and working. Speaking of maintenance, how well do you know the toilet bowl parts?

The Importance Of Knowing The Different Toilet Bowl Parts

Knowing the different parts of your toilet will help you diagnose issues such as leaks, clogs, and running toilets. Sometimes, waiting for a plumber is not necessary. Thus, it is important for you to know the different toilet bowl parts and their functions. Toilet Bowl Parts Diagram By Leone Plumbing

The Toilet Bowl Parts And Their Functions

Toilet Bowl
It is a large vessel below the toilet seat that holds the water and is connected to the drain for waste disposal.  
Tank
The toilet tank is found behind the bowl which holds the water that is used for flushing. The water gets released when the toilet is flushed.
Handle
Also known as a “flush handle”, it is a lever that can be found on the upper left or right side of the tank. It triggers the water to be released when flushing.
Floor Flange
This is a pipe fitting that attaches the toilet to the floor. The job of the floor flange is not only to connect but to secure the toilet to the drain pipe.
Float
It is a device that permits the water to fill the tank and also prevents the water from overflowing.
Chain
Is a metal chain that connects the toilet lever to the toilet flapper. It allows the flapper to remain open a bit longer to allow more water to get in the bowl for better flushing.
Flapper
The toilet flapper is made of rubber which controls the volume of the water released. It also serves as a seal for the flush valve.
Wax Seal
It is a sticky wax ring that helps to form a watertight seal between the bottom of the toilet bowl and the sewer pipe.
Refill Tube
The refill tube manages the water going into the bowl. When the toilet is refilling, it trickles the water into the bowl.
Water Supply Shut-off Valve
This is a part of the toilet that controls and directs the water into the toilet. It helps to isolate and repair toilet leaks without shutting off the water supply.
Tank O-Ring Seal
It is a rubber gasket that fits between the toilet tank and bowl. It serves as a seal to prevent leaks.

Are You Having Issues With Any Of These Parts?

Fixing a toilet can be tough. When in doubt, a professional plumber can help. Contact us today for your urgent toilet maintenance needs.
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What Is The Difference Between A Cast Iron and PVC Sewer Pipe?

Leone Plumbing's Sewer Pipes Replacement Service Sewer pipes are one of the important components of a good plumbing system. The most popular choices are cast iron and PVC sewer pipes. With these options, which pipe is better? Before you pick which pipe to use, make sure to know the difference so you can determine which material is best for your needs.

Facts About Cast Iron Pipes

Cast iron pipes have a long history of usage dating back as early as the 1600s. Most old buildings still hold cast iron pipes for many decades (even centuries). Cast iron sewer pipes can withstand the test of time. The famous fountains of Versaille in France hold the oldest water supply system using cast iron from the late 17th century which is still in use up to this day! With its long history, we can say that durability is the main strength of a cast iron pipe. The fountains of Versailles in France holds some of the oldest water supply system (including sewer pipes) using cast iron from the late 17th century.

Facts About PVC Pipes

PVC pipes have been used for 80 years in plumbing and construction. It is relatively young compared to cast iron pipes. This material is made from plastic and has many benefits. It is popularly used because it’s lightweight and most of all, versatile. PVC pipes are also durable and resistant to corrosion and increasing temperature.

Important Comparison Points Between Cast Iron and PVC Sewer Pipes

Flexibility
A cast iron is indeed a strong material. But when a blunt force is applied, it can become brittle and break. PVC on the other hand is much more flexible and resistant to blunt forces and does not break easily.
Friction In Water
Friction can fluctuate water pressure. PVC pipes are much smoother than cast iron pipes. That means, there is less fluid friction and flow rates are consistent with PVC pipes compared to cast iron.
Cost
PVC pipes are almost half the price of cast iron pipes. Since the material is lightweight, installation is much easier which can also lower the labor cost.
Fire Resistance
Cast iron pipes can resist high temperatures and won’t melt easily. The heat threshold of PVC is 450 degrees which can melt in the event of fires.
Noise
Vibration can produce sound (noise). A cast-iron pipe is thick and dense and does not cause too much vibration when water flows through. Since PVC pipe is lightweight, it could vibrate due to water flows which result in noise.
Corrosion
Over time, a cast iron is subject to rust and corrosion and requires regular maintenance. That is not the case with PVC which can withstand rust and corrosion since it’s made of plastic.
Adjustability
Cast iron pipes are adjustable compared to PVC. The fittings can be adjusted even after the installation. However, with PVC, the portion of the plumbing system has to be replaced should there be changes needed.

Between Cast Iron And PVC Sewer Pipes, Which Are Better?

We highly recommend using PVC pipes for modern plumbing systems. The reality for most home and business owners today is that sewer waste contains much more than pure running water like the fountains of Versailles. Grease from the kitchen as well as other sewer waste can lead to significant corrosion and a shorter life expectancy in cast-iron pipes. Leone Plumbing therefore highly recommends using PVC pipes for modern plumbing systems. If you are unsure of the option, contact us today for a consultation.                                                      

Photo Credit: Versailles Fountain – Ernelina at Pixabay

 
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The Importance Of Professional Drain Cleaning Service

Leone Plumbing and Heating Professional Drain Cleaning Services With all of the events that happened last holiday season, have you thought of what went down to your drain? After the party when you are washing dishes, grease and food particles are washed down your drain. That is in addition to soap, hair, and dirt that are making their way through your plumbing system when you take a shower. When was the last time you scheduled a drain cleaning service? Perhaps, you need to prioritize giving your drain the service it deserves.

Why should you prioritize drain cleaning service?

Drains can sometimes go unnoticed until they clog. Irregular cleaning of your shower and sink drains can wreak havoc on your plumbing system which can be very costly! That is why you must prioritize drain cleaning service routinely to reduce any future damages to your home’s plumbing system. Business establishments also need to consider getting their drain serviced since commercial plumbing system tends to work heavily on regular basis.

Benefits of Professional Drain Cleaning

Professional drain cleaning services are important with the following benefits.
Reduces Clogging For Faster Drains
Over time, accumulated food particles and debris can result in serious clog issues. Regular cleaning can clear clogs which results in faster drains.
Extends Your Drain’s Lifespan
Regular cleaning can prolong the lifespan of your drains since it minimizes any damages that gradually accumulate.
Eliminates Bad Odors
Stucked food particles and debris on your drain may cause unpleasant odors. Drain cleaning removes not only clogs but eliminates odors too.
Prevents Expensive Repairs
Regular drain maintenance can resolve small issues before they get worse. A professional plumber can identify the issues early on with routine maintenance.

What can you expect from a Professional Drain Cleaning Service?

A professional drain cleaning service ensures to prevent and even eliminate clog issues that pose as a health hazard that can also damage the property. A professional plumber also has the appropriate tools and expertise to resolve plumbing issues without putting your plumbing system at risk of further damage. As a plumbing professional, here is how we approach drain maintenance service.
Clog Assessment
We carefully assess the problem first before offering the right resolution.
Video Inspection
A video camera can identify the cause of clogging. This tool can go below the home or business establishment’s pipes using visible light. It can also identify other issues that need attention like fine cracks that cause leaks. Professional Drain Cleaning Services Provided by Leone Plumbing
Clog Removal
Upon figuring out the issue, we perform Drain Snaking to remove clogs. Depending on the type of clog, we may use hand-cranked or motor-operated snakes.
Hydro-Jetting
For commercial customers such as apartment complexes and plazas that have restaurants, we use a “Jetter” to clean out the sewer lines. This is mainly done to prevent a clog from happening in the future that may cause business downtime. Leone Plumbing Offers Professional Drain Cleaning Services

Set Up An Appointment With Us

We can help you with any professional drain or plumbing concerns. Contact us to book an appointment!  

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Joan Wania
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Two different days of service included a severely clogged bathroom sink drain being cleared of decades of accumulated sludge. The action needed was more than a simple drain clearing with chemicals or a plunger. I was and am very satisfied with the degree of efficiency and persistence on the part of the two individuals who worked to resolve the clog. Water has continued to flow without any delays in the sink emptying. No leaks occurred under the sink after everything had to be pulled apart to clear the clog.

The second need for service involved a basement water back up resulting from days of heavy rainfall. Water was coming in from the floor drain and through the concrete floor. In addition, the old sump pump was working but severely deteriorated and near ready to fail. New larger drainpipes replaced old ones and a sump pump was acquired and put in place. Water was extracted with a wet vac and all areas were mopped up. Subsequent heavy rainfall has not been problematic.

I am grateful for the immediate response in both instances. The need for plumbing services happened just a couple weeks apart. In both instances, service was immediate, efficient, effective and courtesy was exemplary. I am grateful for all kindness and efficient service.

Great job! Thank you, sincerely.

Robin Bellamy
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5 out of 5 stars

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My experience with Leone heating and plumbing was great. The technician was professional, polite and informative. He represented the company well. My issue was resolved in one trip. I would recommend Leone heating and plumbing to anyone in need of a plumber.

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Woke up with no hot water. Needed in a hurry and was done before lunch. Easy to work with. Thx.
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