If you’ve ever had to settle for a lukewarm shower or held off doing the dishes until the wash was done, the term “being in hot water” might not be a bad thing. With a traditional water heater, once you’ve used up your share of the hot water, you’re forced to wait a while before to supply is replenished. But with a tankless water heater, the hot-water waiting game could be a thing of the past.
When was the last time you thought about your water heater? If it has been more than a year and you have a storage-tank appliance, it’s time to show that hot-water hero a little attention and drain its tank.
Naturally-occurring minerals, like calcium and magnesium, gradually leach out of the water during the heating process and settle at the bottom of your hot water tank. Over time, that sediment builds up and can clog the drain valve, block water lines, or even cause your heater to prematurely tank, so to speak.
The recent Flint water crisis has put the question of tap-water safety back in the headlines, and it has many people concerned about what might be lurking in their tap water. In particular, tap water that smells is cause for suspicion.
Fortunately, even though tap water may smell unusual or unpleasant, it rarely contains hazardous levels of chemicals or microorganisms. But odors emanating from tap water – whether the water comes from a public water supply or a well – can indicate a problem requiring professional attention. We can help you find the source of the problem, but the first step is to follow your nose.
In this age of homemade fixes and DIYers, homeowners often attempt to fix all types of household problems. For small-scale issues like a simple drain clog, this makes sense, but when it comes to an emergency plumbing situation, it’s best to leave it to the pros.
There are a number of plumbing problems that can arise on any given day, so just what constitutes a plumbing emergency? Here are the top 3 emergency plumbing problems that, due to their potential for disastrous consequences, require a call to your local emergency plumber:
You’ve probably had your fair share of drain clogs. It’s a Catch-22 in that they inspire you to tear your hair out, when often your hair is the source of the clog in the first place.
The simplest way to deal with a clogged drain is to pick up a drain cleaner at your local drug store, but is it really the most effective solution? Will drain cleaners actually unclog your drain? Let’s look at the most common types of drain cleaners to see if they live up to their title:
While it sounds simple, finding a plumber can be a frustrating, confusing and extremely time-consuming task. Just search Google for “find a plumber” and you’ll instantly be met with over 30 million results. What’s a homeowner to do?
How to Choose the Best Plumber
Unless you have hours to comb through page after page of local plumbing websites, you may want to take our advice. Here are our recommendations to help you find the best plumber for the job:
No one likes to waste money! The more efficient your toilet is, the more money you will save on operating costs. Read these top toilet tips to save money from Blissfield Heating & Plumbing.
Check for Leaks
For many homeowners, the first clue to a toilet leak is the constant running and trickling of water. However, there is a way to catch the leak before it becomes so obvious and wasteful. Once a year, squirt a few drops of food coloring into the toilet tank. Check back within 30 minutes and if the colored water is visible in the toilet bowl, your toilet has a leak that needs to be repaired.