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What Do I Do If My Water Heater Is Leaking From The Bottom?

A water leak may mean a minor problem with your plumbing system, but it can be a serious issue when the leak is coming from your water heater. One of the most common places to find a water heater leak is around the bottom of the heater. However, a leak from this area is also one of the biggest causes for concern. But what could be causing a water heater leak from this area? Consider the following tips to help you resolve this problem with your heater. Locate where the leak is coming from The bottom of your water heater isn’t really a specific location when it comes to identifying […]

How to Maintain Your Water Heater in 2 Simple Steps

Owning a home comes with an assortment of burdens and tasks, as well as costs. There are so many different aspects that need constant upkeep or repair that it can sometimes feel like you’re drowning in repair bills. Finding the best ways to maximize your home’s efficiency while minimizing costs and maintenance is the ultimate goal for any homeowner. One of the many costly tasks associated with maintaining a home can be your water heater. Improper care or neglect can lead to decreased efficiency on top of increased costs and headaches. The best way to make sure your water heater is the last thing on you need to worry about […]

Boiler Versus Water Heater: What’s the Difference?

With so many different facets of the heating and cooling industry, it can be difficult to keep all of the various terminology straight. If you’ve had any HVAC services for your commercial or residential property then you’ve probably heard them use certain terms and phrases that might seem interchangeable even though they aren’t. One of the biggest misconceptions about the HVAC industry is that a boiler and a water heater refer to the same piece of equipment. They are actually two separate things but have similarities that confuse many people outside of the industry. Water Heaters Water heaters refer to the piece of equipment, usually located in your basement or […]

3 Common Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Garbage Disposal

Indoor plumbing dates as far back as 2500 BCE and, unfortunately, so do plumbing problems. Garbage disposals, in particular, are meant to keep your pipes clean of food particles that could cause blockages. However, when your garbage disposal is nearing the end of its life it can impact not just the way you clean but also your plumbing. Appliances like garbage disposals aren’t meant to last forever, and it can be difficult to determine when it’s time for a repair and when it’s time for a replacement. That being said, here are a few indicators that it may be time to call your local plumbing services for a new garbage […]

How To Prevent Common Winter Plumbing And Water Heater Problems

The winter season is for spending time with family and friends while staying toasty warm indoors. However, the increased amount of time spent indoors during the winter can have a big impact on water heaters and plumbing. The following are some of the most common types of plumbing and water heater problems you’re likely to experience during the winter season and how you can fix them. Food Particles And Grease Winter is a time of being together (and staying warm together). Holiday celebrations, family get-togethers, and reunions with old friends can mean a lot of work in the kitchen. This may not seem like a problem. After all, your kitchen […]

4 Simple Ways You Can Improve Your Home’s Air Quality This Winter

With the winter weather making days chilly and nights downright frigid, odds are you and your family are spending more time indoors than out. Because you’re breathing in more indoor air than outdoor air, it’s important now more than ever to ensure the air quality of your home is in tip-top shape. Fortunately, if your home’s air quality leaves a lot to be desired there are plenty of ways you can go about improving it. Consider the following ways you can step up your home’s air quality game this winter season to get you breathing right again. Schedule a duct cleaning Even with clean filters, you may still be breathing […]

What You Shouldn’t Be Flushing Down Your Toilet

It’s estimated that you can save up to 18,000 gallons of water annually by investing a low flush toilet. However, you can save even more by not flushing certain objects down the toilet. The water in your home leaves through your pipes and down into the sewer system. This means the objects and fluids you flush that shouldn’t be going down the drain can cause harm not only to your own household pipes but also your city’s sewer system. What not to flush down the toilet Potential problems that can arise from flushing the wrong things down the drain include sewer backups into the environment, backups into your home, and chemical releases […]

How To Find A New Water Heater: Know Your Fuel Type

The life expectancy of your home’s water heater will vary depending on your location and the type of energy it runs on. For the most part, a water heater will last between eight and 12 years. However, tankless water heaters can last as long as 20 years. Regardless of the water heater you have, time will only tell when you’ll need to have it replaced. And when that time comes you’ll need to make the important decision of which fuel type to use. Fuel type and water heater options The water heater options available to you are ultimately determined by fuel type. This is because the fuel type you use […]

How To Protect Your Water Heater From Limescale Buildup

The main enemies for many heating and cooling systems are dust, debris, and lack of proper maintenance. However, in the case of water heaters, the number one foe is hard water. Hard water is water that is high in mineral content, especially calcium and magnesium. Water becomes hard water after rain, which is typically mineral-free, is absorbed into the ground and merges with other bodies of water that are then used for drinking water. When hard water runs through water heaters, it can cause mineral buildup. This buildup is called limescale. How to protect your water heater from limescale The average tankless water heater has a life expectancy of up […]

How To Stay Safe Against Carbon Monoxide Leaks This Winter

Carbon monoxide leaks are rare, but the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning among homeowners and pets increases during the home heating season. This is because carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas, which can go undetected without the use of special alarm detectors. Carbon monoxide is produced when any type of fuel gas is burned. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to make a maintenance call to a furnace repair service before turning on your heating system for the cooler season. Unseen cracks in the system, especially an older system, may result in leaks you’d be unaware of if not for detectors. Ensure you have carbon […]

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