Common questions our plumbers are asked.
As a plumbing company, we believe that it is part of our duty to the community to share knowledge and help people maintain their interior and exterior plumbing. Below are some of the most common questions asked by our customer throughout the years. If you cannot find an answer to your question or feel like you need expert help please feel free to call our company like anytime day or night. You are also welcome to fill out a contact form on this website and someone will be with you as quickly as possible.
Water heater questions and answers.
Below you will find information about water heaters, common problems, and answers to your questions. Remember that if your water heater is not working properly to contact a local water heater repair company to get the issue fixed by a professional.
- How often should I flush out my water heater?
Most manufacturers recommend that you have your water heater flushed annually. During this process, the water is drained from your water heater into an appropriate drain. This will help clear out sediment and mineral buildup. Not only will this process add years to the lifespan of your heater, it will allow for more space for water and an increase in the functionality of your unit.
- How long does my water heater take to warm up?
In general, a gas heater should heat up slightly faster than an electric one. There are a few factors that will affect how long your tank takes to heat up, such as the size of the tank and the BTU input. If an hour has passed after a new installation or refiring of your heater and you still do not have hot water there is something wrong with your unit and it should be looked at by a professional.
- Why does my water heater make rumbling or popping noises?
When this happens most of the time it has to do with the sediment content in your tank. The rumbling and popping noises are made when hot water is expanding and escaping from the sediment buildup in the bottom of your tank. Although this is not a dangerous situation it is a sign that the efficiency of your tank has been compromised. This can also cause excess heat at the bottom of the tank and decrease the lifespan of your water heater.
- Should I consider a tankless water heater?
A tankless water heater comes with a lot of benefits and convenience. The decision to go tankless is not for everyone and depends on a variety of factors. It is important to consider that the initial cost of a tankless water heater is going to be higher than your traditional tank heaters. However, they cost less to operate, usually come with a federal rebate of $300 dollars, are much smaller and can usually b mounted on a wall, and provide a constant flow of on-demand hot water.
Plumbing questions and answers.
We want to provide information so that you can become more aware of your plumbing as a homeowner or business owner. However, no amount of information you can find online can replace the benefits of having your problems looked at an diagnosed by a local plumbing company. Contact a professional today to learn more and schedule a free estimate.
- What is the difference between hard and soft water? The difference has to do with the minerals and sediment that is found in the water. Water is soft when in its natural state. When water passes through mineral-rich soil and rock such as limestone it will absorb minerals such as calcium and magnesium and become hard. When water is hard it will cause a buildup of scale and minerals in your pipes and plumbing fixtures. Local water sources that have excess minerals can be treated to become soft and mineral free again by using tools such as a water softener.