Repairing or Replacing Water Heaters
If you’re not getting enough hot water to shower with, or your water is not coming through hot enough, chances are that you need water heater repair. The water that comes into your home through the piping is generally cool to cold, depending on the season. To get that water heated to a point that you can comfortably shower or bathe and wash clothing or dishes, you need a water heater.
Most homes have water heaters. They are usually found in basements or laundry rooms and generally look like tall metal drums. The water heater is a relatively simple device, but one that, none-the-less, may require water heater repair at one point or another. A water heater is basically a cylindrical vessel that holds water while a heating element on the bottom or inside heats the water to a specified degree. They use the principal of heat rising to deliver hot water through the pipes and out your faucets.
The thermostat on a water heater controls the temperature on the water that is held inside the water heater. Most models allow the owner to set the temperature between 120 and 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Although for general use, the recommended setting is between 120 and 140 degrees. Keeping your water heater set towards the lower end of the acceptable temperature range can help prevent scalding as well as save you money on your bills by using less energy. If you need water heater repair, many times it is because the thermostat is damaged and needs repair. When the thermostat is broken water may not become hot at all, or it may even become too hot, and that can be dangerous, especially if there are small children in the home.
If water heater repair is not an option and you need to replace your existing water heater it is important to make sure that your new water heater is compatible. Make sure it has the same volume of water and wattage as your old water heater. You can generally find this information on the label of your old water heater. You should also purchase and install a new relief valve, as they should be replaced whenever you replace your water heater. The relief valve should be piped with Â¾ inch piping to a point approximately 6 inches above the finished floor.
Also, if you are replacing your water heater you should check the local codes with the building department; in some states the plumbing code requires a plumbing permit to replace a water heater, regardless of who is doing the installation. This is for your own protection, since an improperly installed water heater could become a projectile under certain conditions and cause damage to your home. And an insurance company is not going to want to pay up for the damages if the water heater was not installed by a professional. Generally speaking, if you need water heater repair or replacement, your best bet is to use a professional plumber.Read More
Remodeling Your Bathroom With The Help of a Residential Plumber
If you don’t already have a residential plumber that you know and trust, now is the time to find one, especially if you’re looking to do a bathroom remodel. Every now and again people like to remodel their bathrooms to make them more up to date and aesthetically pleasing. It can be a difficult job to do yourself, that’s why it’s best to hire professionals to take care of the job for you. This way you know you’ll be getting top notch service and end up with a beautiful and functional bathroom when the remodel is complete, instead of living with a half-finished bathroom for a year or more after you’ve tried to do it yourself.
The right time to start planning your bathroom remodel with your residential plumber is now. The end of summer is near, making for a cooler and more comfortable time to get your bathroom into tip top shape. A lot of work goes into a bathroom remodel so you might want to start scoping out plumbers now to decide who’s going to be right for you.
When you’re looking for a residential plumber to help you out with a bathroom remodel there are several different things you need to look for. Certainly cost is an issue and you want someone to give you a fair price on the job, but make sure you’re not agreeing to work with any company just because they’re giving you the lowest quote. Chances are that that you’ll end up getting what you paid for, a low quality end result. Or they could be just luring you in with a low quote that will only increase to something more substantial as the job goes on. Don’t be fooled, find reviews online and choose the residential plumber that has positive feedback as well as an acceptable rate.
Work closely with your residential plumber to ensure that your new bathroom turns out to be everything you wanted it to be. Sometimes it can be hard to relate our vision of what we want to someone else. That’s why it’s important that you keep a close eye on the progress in your bathroom. You’ll also want to make sure that you have input on items such as the vanity, toilet, sink, bath and fixtures. Make sure the items are cohesive and aesthetically pleasing, not just low priced.
Remodeling a bathroom can be more of a job than you originally thought. It’s not just paint and putting down a new floor that makes a great remodeled bathroom. There are many other factors, such as the installation of new toilets, sinks and tubs. The faucets and fixtures that are installed also make an impression and can add a touch of elegance as well as comfort. Not all fixtures are created equally! Sometimes a remodel can even include tearing down walls and putting in completely new plumbing lines. Choose a residential plumber that has the skill and experience to give your bathroom a one-of-a-kind makeover.’Read More
Fixing a Leaky Faucet
We’ve all heard the sound of a leaky faucet. It’s the tell-tale drip drip drip that doesn’t stop, no matter how tight you close that valve. When you have a dripping faucet chances are great that you’ve got a bigger issue than a loose handle. It’s likely that there is something going on that will require breaking down the faucet and even looking at the pipe. This is something that can be done from home or you can hire a professional to take care of the issue.
First you’ll want to make sure you have the right tools for the job. You’ll need an adjustable wrench. Most homeowners have an adjustable wrench, but some don’t. You can pick them up at your local hardware store, but be prepared to spend around $20.00. You can’t fix a leaky faucet without first owning an adjustable wrench. These wrenches come in handy for a number of around-the-house DIY jobs, so it’s worth the money spent.
Once you have the wrench, you can begin taking apart your faucet. Make sure to cut the water supply, before taking anything apart. You don’t want your leaky faucet to turn into a waterfall and ruin your flooring and pipes. Make sure to take each piece apart carefully and set them nearby, keeping track of which piece belongs where. You don’t want to end up with a dissembled faucet and not know how to put it back together. At this point you may find that it’s your stem faucet that’s dripping. This is an easy fix. You simply need to replace the washer that seals against the valve seats.
Oftentimes washers wear out. This happens a lot as water can naturally corrode the metal overtime. Replacing a washer on a leaky faucet is quick and easy. You may also find that this washer needs to be replaced on the hot side and not the cold side of the facet. This is due to hot water wearing down the metal faster than cold water does. In order to determine which side is the leaky side, simply shut off one angle stop under the sink. If you find out that the issue isn’t due to a corroded washer, than you may want to call a plumbing expert for advice or service. Sometimes having a friend in this business helps.
Oftentimes a drip or a leak is indicative of a greater issue. If you live in an older home or have never had a plumber to your house before, it may be time to schedule service. A plumber is an expert at determining what’s causing the issue and how to fix it. They can also advice you on what regular maintenance needs to be performed, in order to ensure you don’t have an ongoing issue. Sometimes a faucet can be fixed on one’s own, sometimes it requires the skills and expertise of a professional. A dripping faucet should not go ignored for too long. In order to ensure the leaky faucet issue does not lead to greater issues, you’ll want to deal with it as soon as possible. ‘Read More