What to Expect During Professional Water Heater Repairs

What to Expect During Professional Water Heater Repairs

What to Expect During Professional Water Heater Repairs

Your water heater broke & now the plumber is on the way to perform a much-needed repair. Is there anything you need to do to get ready? What should you expect during and after the repairs? Knowing ahead of time can help relieve concerns you may have for the process.

If the water heater in your home is ten years old or more, repairs may be necessary for the equipment to continue working or may even need to be a replacement. When the work is being done, there are three main things to consider for your home.

Is It Electric?

If your water heater is powered by electricity, the plumber may need to shut it off for a limited amount of time. Gas units equipped in a home require a small amount of electricity to start running. More often than not, it’s only required that the plumber cut power to the specific location of the tank.

Gas Powered Systems

Much like electric units, if your home tank is powered by electricity then the plumber may need to shut off the gas line temporarily. Other natural gas appliances within the home such as dryers, ovens, and furnaces will not be useable until the repairs are complete. Checking each appliance is an important step once the gas line has been turned back on.

Preventative Maintenance

The manufacturer’s manual that came with your water heater system should tell you how often maintenance is needed, but on average it is recommended that it be done once a year. Included in this is usually a sediment flush and testing the anode rod to ensure it is still protecting your system from rust. This helps to provide higher-quality water to your household while keeping your water heater running as efficiently as possible for as long as possible.

If you have a plumbing issue you need taken care of, give Hansen Plumbing a call for fast, friendly, affordable service & repairs!

Strange Toilet Discoveries

Strange Toilet Discoveries

I was rushing around getting ready to head out for the day when BAM! My elbow knocked right into my cell phone & sent it sailing right off the bathroom counter. Yep, you guessed it! Right into the porcelain throne. While I did manage to retrieve it, I did wonder what would happen if it had gotten lost in the pipes below. Would it one day be finally removed & leave the lucky person wondering how it got there?

Strange as it may seem, a cell phone is not that unusual to be dropped in a toilet! Imagine being the one to fish out some crazy things like these true stories!

Intrepid Explorer

South Florida residents, Marian & Lily Lindquist thought they had called a plumber for a typical clogged toilet. When the plumber arrived, they went to work trying to get the stubborn clog out using the common drain snake method. After stepping away for a few moments, the plumber returned to find a surprise hanging out in the bowl. One very inquisitive foot and a half long iguana managed to get himself logged in the pipes! Yikes! Florida, no stranger to finding invasive species in unwanted places.

Boomer

Residents of Reddish, England had quite the day in May 2014. Police evacuated a cordon of 100m after a bomb was discovered in an outdoor restroom. Disposal experts extracted a three-inch live WWII mortar. It was taken to a cleared area and a controlled explosion was then carried out. Amazingly the device had been there for more than 50 years before it was found. Talk about dropping a bomb in the bathroom!

Cha-Ching

Imagine going to work as a janitor expecting the same routine as every other day. You walk into the bathroom just knowing there is a mess to clean up and instead find piles of cash stuffed in the john. That is what happened to one Australian janitor who found over $90,000 dollars filling the toilet. A plumber later found another $1000 dollars that had made its way down the pipes. What happened to the money that was found? No one claimed it, after taxes $78,00 of it went to the lucky janitor!

What Should You Do?

Honestly, weird things end up in toilets all the time. Ask any plumber and I am sure you’ll get a crazy story or two! If you happen to have an item go down the drain, don’t try to retrieve it yourself! While it may seem like an easy fix, trying to go after it could cause the item to go further down the drain or cause a more difficult clog to fix.

If you need an expert for repairs, maintenance, or installations, give Hansen Plumbing a call at 251-471-5151!

The Great Debate: Tanked or Tankless

The Great Debate: Tanked or Tankless

The Great Debate: Tanked or Tankless

Choosing the right home improvement options can be a challenge; take the water heater for example. Tank systems have a reputation as energy guzzlers with steady temperatures as long as the water lasts. Tankless are known for being upfront, more expensive, & never get the water hot enough but are very energy efficient. While there is some truth on either side, both types have their pros and cons when considering which one to pick for your home.

Tankless Water Heaters
Also called on demand water heaters, tankless as the name suggests don’t store water but instead only heat what’s needed & only when there is a demand for it. Now the answer is yes, they do cost more upfront to install. Initial equipment cost to the possibility of needing to refit gas lines & pipes for a different system all add into this. The lower operating cost & energy savings from a tankless do add up over time essentially “paying for itself”. Other benefits include a 20 to 30 year lifespan & a very minimal footprint left on the home itself. As drawbacks go, the biggest of this system is its inability to process and create the hot water needed for multiple appliances or showers at a time.

Tank Water Heaters
Standard in most homes, tank systems heat & store water waiting until it’s needed reliably providing what we need for daily use. Most residential tanks come in sizes ranging from 20 to 70 gallons with options for electric or gas power. Models today are being manufactured with newer technology, decreasing operating cost through greater energy efficiency. Points go to tank water heaters for being able to sustain the water needed from multiple sources at once. Installing one is also usually simple, it uses connections the previous tank did. Deciding which to choose comes down to what fits each individual home.To make it a little simpler ask yourself a few questions: How much demand is there going to be by each machine? How many people are going to be using the hot water? What does your budget look like?

Need a hand picking the right one? Hansen Plumbing experts are ready to help! Give us a call today to schedule a consultation 251-471-5151.

Tips for Fall & Winter Seasons

Tips for Fall & Winter Seasons

Tips to Prepare for Southern Fall & Winter Seasons!

Southern winters don’t bring snow, ice, or sub-zero temperatures but we still get cold rain, chilly winds, and extra bite from high humidity levels. Winterizing your home during the autumn season helps maintain a comfortable indoor temperature & manageable utility bills.

We have a few simple suggestions to add to your fall maintenance checklist.

1. Remove sediment, and check the pressure relief valve by flushing the water heater tank to ensure it’s in proper working order.

2. Look over doors & windows for gaps, worn away areas, separation, cracks, chips, rot, or any other damage. Replace any worn-out weather stripping and caulk any areas necessary.

3. If you have an older thermostat, replace it with a programmable unit to save up to 10% on heating costs.

4. Have a thorough inspection done of your heating system by a licensed professional for operation and safety requirements. Replace the air filter allowing proper airflow and reducing the strain on your system.

5. Install carbon monoxide detectors through your home for an extra layer of protection and don’t forget to test them.

 
Whatever your needs, Hansen has you covered! Let us inspect your systems & diagnose any issues before the seasons change & the problems get worse! Give us a call at 251-471-3047