Water Heaters like all appliances have a lifespan. This lifespan depends on a few things such as maintenance and the quality of the unit. So how do tell when you need a new water heater?
4 things that indicate you might need a new water heater: rusty water, low water pressure low water capacity or leaks near the water heater.
Rusty water from your plumbing
If you notice rusty water, it is likely that your tank has corroded. Corrosion can be caused by acid in the water and mineral deposits from hard water or rusting pipes. If the corrosion builds up to a certain point, then the tank will become compromised which reduces its lifespan significantly. This type of damage cannot always be seen so using an anti-corrosion agent like Calgon Water Softener & Conditioner regularly should help reduce these types of problems if not prevent them altogether.
Low water pressure
If your water pressure has reduced dramatically, it can be a sign of your water heater showing its age. Low pressure might indicate that there is another problem with either old piping or clogs in fixtures and faucets as well as appliances such as dishwashers, clothes washers etc...
A lack of capacity would most likely mean your water heater is built up with minerals and particulates from years of use.
Leaks near water heater
Water leaks near your water heater are an important sign that it is time for replace. This usually indicates internal failure.
If you see leaks, call a plumber to help inspect your water heater. Water heaters are connected to electricity and/or gas and must be handled very carefully.
You might also hear gurgling sounds coming from your pipes and toilet cisterns if you have an older type of tankless or electric water heaters which make those types of noises when they are releasing air to regulate their heating process. These noises can indicate that there is some sort of leak, clog, or other problem with these systems as well so it’s always best to get them checked out before any damage occurs.
Water heater making noise
If you hear strange noises coming from your water heating unit or plumbing, this may be a sign that the unit needs to be replaced. These sounds could signify certain problems, including:
- Corrosion from water inside or outside of the tank leaking onto metal parts and causing damage.
- Pipes clanging with vibrations as they shift due to defective insulation.
- The heat exchanger rusting out because there's not enough coolant circulating through it.
If you suspect your water heater is making noise, contact us today so we can inspect it for any possible leaks or other problems before these noises become serious issues!
If you are experiencing any of the above issues or others with your water heater, give us a call for a free consultation.
We are a local plumbing company who works with all types of water heaters (tankless & tank) from all major manufacturers.
Common Clogs and Drain Clearing
We’ve all been there, you’re brushing your teeth and the drain just can’t keep up with the faucet. This can be a sign of clogged drain lines in your homes plumbing.
As with most plumbing issues, repairing or clearing the lines before the problem gets worse is very important. If the problem continues it lead to significant plumbing damages and additional costs.
Clogged pipes can happen throughout the home and vary in severity. We recommend contacting a Local Plumber to give you an accurate idea of the plumbing problem.
While there are the drain clearing formulas you can buy, we highly advise against these. They are great at breaking up clogs but can also cause damage to your drain pipes. A Local Plumber can scope the pipe with a camera giving you a clear picture of the problem.
Below are a few of the Common Plumbing Clogs
Bathtub / Shower Clogs
while the bathtub or shower usually has a big enough drain to accommodate the water flow. Once in awhile it gets clogged or backed up with hair, built up soaps or kids toys.
We recommend having a Professional Plumber near you look. It can likely be cleaned out with a snake or plumber’s auger if needed. Using the proper technique and equipment can save you from very expensive mistakes.
Our sinks have a trap right under the counter it’s generally a U, P or S shaped pipe which creates an area that stops both big clogs from going down the pipe and gases from coming up through the sink.
This can be the area of the clog or deeper in the drain line where a build up or larger item might have made it through the trap. You can remove the trap yourself with the right tools, be prepared for a little water to come out. If you don’t have the right tools it just might be best to call a Pro.
We typically see a dual Kitchen Sink with one side having a garbage disposal. These sink basins are connected under the counter then flow through a trap. The dishwasher is also connected, usually above the garbage disposal.
So, there is a lot going on in your Kitchen Plumbing and each part can affect the other. A clogged garbage disposal can back up the dishwasher and the sink. While garbage disposals often just need reset or a manual adjustment. A working garbage disposal in this type of setup is essential.
We love modern times and running water the convenience of a flushing toilet. But what do you do when that toilet just won’t flush? The old standby, the plunger, is a great first step.
If the clogged toilet still doesn’t free up or if the toilet is always getting clogged. This could be a sign of a more sever problem and a great reason to have a Licensed Plumber take a look.
Clogged Main Sewer Line
Your main sewer line feeds into either your septic system or the city sewage. While these are not the most common type of clogged drain lines, they do happen. Common reasons they happen are tree roots or a heavy vehicle driving over the landscape and large build ups of non-flush able items.
A video scope of the issue is the best way to identify the cause and develop a plumbing solution. You may need to repair the sewer line or replace it all together. While a snake or plumbing auger can clear blockages from within. Repairing or replacing the pipes may involve Hydro Excavation and other more advanced techniques.
Contact a Local Boise Plumber
While you can address some of these plumbing problems yourself. We always recommend contacting your Local Area Plumber for clogs that persist or can not be solved without chemicals.
Ensure you Local Plumber is Licensed, Insured and Bonded before contracting any work. A great Plumbing Service will asses the clogged plumbing, free of charge, and have the proper equipment to handle all plumbing needs.
In the Boise Area, Plumbing Solutions of Idaho is you Local Plumber of choice. Equipped to meet all Plumbing Repairs, Replacements and Installations.
Hot Water Heaters- Tankless
Tankless water heaters or “On demand” water heaters, may operate on natural gas or propane. They heat water when you turn on the hot water faucet instead of keeping a storehouse for use.
There are advantages and disadvantages to this system however.
A pro, is that they take up very little space and use up to 50 percent less energy than units with tanks. That continuous supply of hot water could be helpful for filling up a hot tub or spa bathtub.
Standard Tankless systems do a great job if the demand is moderate. When you have higher demand than normal you may need to upgrade to a larger unit designed for family usage.
Another problem is the need for a professional’s installation and maintenance calls for warranty purposes. Even if, as a homeowner you are fairly proficient in maintenance, this is not a DIY project.
Another Con’s is the fluidity of the tankless water heater market. The companies come and go at a quick rate, the product is oversold. The marketing is geared towards those who want to “keep up with the Joneses”, “be more green”, “be modern”, and so on. When the companies dry up, their customers have a tough time finding more parts or technical support.
Hot Water Heaters- Tank
There is no set standard surprisingly for comparison. Marketers of course want either one to look good to the consumer, and the movement to be more “green” has been gaining momentum for quite a while, enough to carry more questionable projects based on their claim to “green” fame.
For the cost conscious, an up to 50 gallon tank heater that provides 2 showers or appliance usages at once, costs around $350 compared to almost $1000. Installation is a difference as well, the cost almost triples. Unless your usage is very high, to take advantage of the electricity savings, your cost conscious decision would be a traditional tank water heater.
A pro of the tank water heater is the ability to multitask. Dishes, and shower, wash, and bath. Depending on the size of the tank, possibly even 3 tasks using hot water at a time. However, the tankless heater cannot flex with that demand.
Another pro of the tank water heater is the ability to regulate the water temperature. It is set and maintained by the unit, and can even be set low for safety sake (young infants) or if your tank is small, it can be set higher to accommodate for usage. Unfortunately the tankless water heat can and does have water temperature fluctuations. Not a good thing when bathing an infant.
Both types of hot water heaters do a great job. With pros and cons to both types it is important to consult a local plumber or expert. A professional can help you evaluate your hot water needs and layout options that will work great.
For all your hot water heater questions, service or installation needs, Call us today.
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New Home Installation
Building a home is a set of complicated tasks that involves various elements. One main task in making a new home is to estimate the cost of various things, such as estimated cost of the Plumbing Installation. If you want to know the cost of plumbing for your new house, you will know the complexities in which you can run into.
Existing Home Plumbing
If you are not building a new home, but you have some plumbing jobs to be done in your existing home, you better call a plumber to prevent any major damage. The professional plumbers can charge something in the range of $75 to $150 per hour. Charges also depend upon the required job and complexity involved. Some factors that affect the plumbing costs are:
Tips to Avoid Plumbing Problems:
There are some simple tips that can save you a lot of money by preventing some minor plumbing problems. These tips are:
Visit our home page for more information on Plumbing Installation in Boise.
Having a clogged shower drain, or a toilet that won't flush, or even worse, a busted pipe could be the most humiliating experience for anyone. Instead of getting upset about the whole thing, you may want to look for a good local plumber.
Fortunately, there are many places to look, and interestingly, these companies preach the same thing-"being the best". But this is not always the case considering the growing number of plumbing scammers around. Although, we must confess that there are so many companies around that have consistently kept a good track record. But often times these companies are not usually easy to spot in the crowd.
How to find the best company around
Plumbing is something that needs to be done right, at least the first time, so a small issue doesn't end up taking more and more of your money and time. So, you need a local plumber that can guarantee you a quality job at a reasonable price and will always treat you with the respect you deserve.
But, how will you find such a plumbing company?
Here are the top 5 things to look out for when choosing a local plumber in Boise Idaho
Make sure the plumbing company you choose is operating with a licence. You should always ask for an ID for proof. When in doubt, don't hesitate to check up the validity of license online.
It is usually better to compare your options before deciding on the price that's right for you. Check up as many plumbers as you can and get their quotes. If you have a job that you think will cost a lot, then try inviting the plumbers over to make sure they will charge extra when given the job. Shop around; don't limit your search to just two or three plumbers especially if it's your first time.
Check references and past work
Nothing can ever replace reputation. Although, you want to get the job done at the lowest price, you would also want to make sure it's done well the first time. This is why you need to get a plumber that is qualified, and the only way to do this is by evaluating the job history of the plumber. Any plumber you are hiring should have a lot of good reference and recommendations from previous jobs.
A small job can pass for any good plumber around, but for more complex jobs, you need a plumber that can really assure you there won't be a repetition of the problem. So you want to get a good plumber that has handled several problems like yours in the past.
Before hiring a plumbing company, make sure they are fully insured. Find out what guarantee they offer for their work and how much time the guarantee is supposed to last.
Toilet Tips in Boise
One of the most important and most used home fixtures is the toilet. Although, toilets are a reliable part of the plumbing system in your home. Eventually all of us have to face some toilet issues.
One of the most common problem regarding toilets is clogging, but obviously, this is not the only one. Good thing is that many toilet related problems can be fixed by do-it-yourself techniques.
In this article, we will discuss some common toilet problems and will learn to solve them.
Some clogs are just too stubborn to be cleared with a plunger and may require a local plumber to assist you.
Call Plumbing Solutions of Idaho 208-895-7969 for all those stubborn clogs which just won't clear.
Once you get the right size of your replacement seat, simply loosen and remove the nuts on the hinge and lift your toilet seat. Sometimes, the nuts can be corroded and you are unable to remove them easily. If this is the case, use a penetrating oil and give it enough time to get soaked. If you can’t access the nut, use a wrench. But make sure that you don’t use too much force, as it damage the bowl or the water tank of your toilet.
Toilets are simple and easy to understand mechanisms. You can keep your toilets in running and good condition with just a little maintenance each year.
Maintaining a water heater only requires a beginner skill set and a couple of hours. A few simple steps are all it takes to extend the life of your water heater.
Boise is known for its active outdoor lifestyle, and this attitude tends to translate to a community that wants to reduce their impact on the environment. Anyone can contribute to a greener city, and it can begin with household plumbing.
Small bits of food find their way down our kitchen sinks every day. If there is an existing clog or one in the making, food can then become trapped. As a clog builds in your kitchen sink, so does a stench. Eventually, the smell is unyielding and an odor that begins in your sink can invade every other room in your home. While it may be too late to prevent a drain blockage, there are a few things you can do to try and eliminate the smell.
As Boise gets through this cold Winter, the last thing you want to worry about is your water heater. If you are concerned about the efficiency of your water heater, there are signs to look for that point to trouble
If you have found that it is time to replace your water heater, the following steps will assure that you find exactly what you are looking for.