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Do Tankless Water Heaters Need to Be Sized?

September 18th, 2017

tankles-water-heater-repairHow do you determine how large a storage tank water heater you need for a home? The sizing job is something you’ll need to have an expert plumber handle, but the basics of sizing this type of water heater is something anybody can understand: the more hot water demand there is in the house (usually because of the number of people in the household), the larger the storage tank itself needs to be.

But what if you’re planning to install a tankless water heater for your house? As the name indicates, a tankless water heater doesn’t have a storage tank at all. Instead, it applies heat to water as it moves through the unit via a heat exchanger. The water is heated as it is needed (or “on-demand,” which is another name for this type of water heater). So, does this mean there isn’t any need to size a tankless water heater because one size fits all?

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Some Considerations about Tankless Water Heaters

September 4th, 2017

tankless-water-heaterThe fall is the best time of the year to replace a water heater that’s showing signs it’s coming to the end of its service life. Fall is generally a slower time of year for plumbers and heating experts, making it easier to schedule the service, and you can spend some extra time making the choice.

“Wait, what choice?” you might ask. The choice of what type of water heater you want to have installed. There are more options today than the standard storage tank water heater, including the heat pump water heater and the increasingly popular tankless water heater. The tankless models are the subject of a lot of scrutiny because they offer many potential advantages, but they also make people a bit nervous because they’re unsure if a system that heats up water “on demand” (i.e. only when there’s a call for hot water at one of the taps or appliances) will end up meeting their needs.

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Drain Care: Keep Hair out of Bathroom Drains

August 28th, 2017

bubbling-drainNobody likes drain clogs in their home. They’re a nuisance. Sometimes a plunger or a hand-cranked drain snake can fix them. At other times, they’ll need a professional plumber for drain cleaning services to eliminate.

You can prevent the majority of drain clogs in your house with some prevention techniques. In this post, we’re going to look at ways to keep out hair from the drains in your bathroom. Hair clogs are among the most common and insidious, since it’s easy for clumps to collect in the p-trap (the curved pipe section) under the drain. However, a bit of caution goes a long way toward fixing this.

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Other Sewer Line Problems to Watch For

August 21st, 2017

sewer-line-rootsLast week we wrote about backups in sewer lines, which are potentially a huge problem in a home. We looks at trouble from aging sewer line material, issues that can occur in the municipal sewage system that can end up creating a backup, and the common tree-root infiltration trouble.

This week we’d like to take another look at the sewer line and some of the other problems it can experience at the end of the summer. We hope you don’t have any emergency issues with your sewer line in Cincinnati, OH at this time of year, but you can always depend on our professionals for the help you need should trouble arise. We have 24-hour service for these emergency periods.

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Why Sewer Line Backups Might Affect Your Home

August 7th, 2017

hydro-jetting-cleaning-pipe-diagramNo problem in a home’s plumbing is “pleasant.” But it’s not an exaggeration to say that a backed-up sewer line is among the most “unpleasant” problems for a household. We sincerely hope you never have to deal with a plumbing issue this severe—but we’re also glad to be the ones to help you out with drain and sewer service in Cleves, OH should it ever happen to you.

There is no single reason why a sewer line will start to backup. Leave it to our plumbers to locate the source of the problem and then find out what we can do to remedy it. This may involve sewer cleaning or it might require using trenchless technology to replace the sewer line. Below are a few of the more common causes of residential sewer line backups:

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Make the Switch to a Low-Flow Toilet

August 1st, 2017

toilet-with-sprayer-and-phoneWhat appliance in your home uses the most water per year? You’d likely guess “the shower,” but that’s not correct. (Unless you take ridiculously long showers—which you should stop doing right away!) No, the correct answer is “the bathroom toilet.” The toilet accounts for 40% of all indoor water use. This means that a toilet that uses too much water is the biggest source of household water waste. If you have an older toilet (more than 20 years), we recommend looking into having it replaced with a special low-flow model, also known as a low-flush toilet. But a low-flow toilet is also a good idea as a replacement for newer standard toilets. The difference in water use is still significant.

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Does Corrosion on My Water Heater Mean It’s Done For?

July 24th, 2017

water-heater-and-technicianCorrosion: the gradual destruction of metal due to a chemical or electro-chemical reaction to the environment. Or, to look at a case you’re probably more familiar with, metal that rusts because of the presence of water. There are different types of corrosion, but when we’re talking about a residential water heater, it’s the corrosion that occurs because of the mix of oxygen and water in contact with metal.

A water heater is designed to resist corrosion through a number of methods. The interior of its hot water tank is lined with glass. A pressure relief valve on the top of the tank allows for an air cushion without allowing air into the tank itself. A component called the sacrificial anode rod that runs through the tank draws the forces of corrosion to it so that the rod corrodes rather than the rest of the tank.

However… yes, a water heater can start to corrode. If you notice corrosion on your water heater, does it mean the system has to be replaced?

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How to Catch Plumbing Troubles Early

July 10th, 2017

plumber-doing-kitchen-repairsPrevention is always better than having to deal with a plumbing repair problem as it happens. If you can catch a plumbing issue early, you’ll be able to avoid both a costlier repair job down the road and major consequences that can lead to water damage in your house or vital fixtures (such as the toilet) no longer working.

It’s easy to say you should try to find plumbing problems as early as possible. It’s another thing to be able to do it! But that’s why you have professional plumbers like us around! Below are some tips for preventing plumbing troubles in Cincinnati, OH and throughout the Greater Cincinnati Area.

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How Does a Water Softener Work?

July 4th, 2017

water-flowing-from-tapHard water is one of the most common types of water quality issues homes encounter. No matter how well water is purified at a water treatment plant, hard water minerals (magnesium and calcium) can seep through ground water and into the municipal pipes carrying the freshwater to homes.

Fortunately, hard water isn’t a health hazard. But it is a major plumbing hazard, leading to build-up in pipes and damage to appliances such as water heaters. Installation of a whole-house water softener is the best way to combat hard water if you notice symptoms of it in your house. Our water treatment experts are here to help you with water softener installation as well as other water softener services.

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Why Your Toilet Won’t Stop Running

June 26th, 2017

toilet-with-button-flushThere are sounds you expect to hear from appliances and fixtures in your house, and you know how long these sounds should continue. For example, after a toilet is flushed, you should hear the sound of running water for about a minute afterwards. This is water coming from the feed line to fill up the tank to a set level, ready to rush down into the bowl for the next flush.

But if the sound of running water continues for more than a minute after the flush, there’s something wrong. Often, all it takes to correct the problem is to jiggle the handle or flush the toilet a second time. If the issue persists, there’s something wrong in the tank or elsewhere in this vital fixture that will need to be repaired. For your bathroom plumbing in Cincinnati, OH and the surrounding areas, we’re the plumbers to contact for the job. We have 24-hour emergency service available—and trouble with a toilet often counts as an emergency!

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