Understanding Plumbing Problems

There aren't many household systems more confusing than plumbing, which is why I stopped trying to fix mine on my own. I realized that taking things apart was increasingly more difficult, so I stopped guessing and started looking for a trained expert who could come out and help. When I found the right professional, it was amazing to see how much easier things were. They went through, evaluated my plumbing system, and made changes that changed my home from the inside-out. Check out this blog to find out more about how to avoid plumbing problems and when to hire a professional of your own.

Signs Your Water Heater Has Quit (Or Is About To Quit!)

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Water heaters are funny things. They are not like any other major home appliance you will ever own because they will never last as long you expect them to last. In fact, most new homeowners are surprised at the very short lifespan these appliances have. If you are not sure that your own water heater needs replacing, here are the signs that your water heater replacement is imminent.

Your Hot Water Takes Longer to Come out of the Tap Hot

Most people just assume that because the weather outside is freezing, the water inside the pipes is harder to heat. Ergo, they falsely conclude that cold water or lukewarm water coming out of the open tap just needs more time to heat up. That is only true if you have not turned on a hot water tap in weeks while a cold snap was present. Otherwise, your hot water heater is failing, and it is having a very difficult time heating water as rapidly as it once did. Keep track of this problem because it will eventually not be hot water at all; it will be ice cold. 

Rust-Colored Water Is Flowing or Leaking out Around Your Water Heater

Water heaters are giant tanks of water. They are comprised of metal inside and out. Metal exposed constantly to water usually rusts, and that is what happens to most water heaters. Additionally, if you have untreated hard water, this appliance will rust out even faster. If you see rust-colored water leaking out from underneath the appliance or pooling around it, the water heater is dying. It is just a matter of time before it gives out completely.

The Appliance Is Barely Warm or Not Warm to the Touch at All

Hot water heaters heat water up to 130 degrees F or higher, depending on where you set its individual thermostat. To get water that warm, the appliance itself gets very hot. While it will not burn you, you should be able to touch the appliance and feel that it is quite hot. If and when the appliance itself is barely warm or not warm to the touch at all, you have a problem. To be sure, open all the hot taps in your house at the same time, and run the water for at least five minutes. If the hot water heater does not respond and immediately heat up to heat the hot water you are trying to get from all the open taps, your hot water heater is probably dead. 

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30 October 2019