The Importance of Water Heater Repairs and Maintenance

Written by SLC Plumbing on . Posted in Uncategorized

If you have ever had to take a cold shower because your water heater wasn’t working properly, you already know how unpleasant this situation can be. Most people don’t think much about their water heater, simply expecting it to provide hot water on a daily basis for everything from showers to dishwashing and laundry, and only notice the water heater when it’s not working. Unfortunately this means you’ll have to suffer with cold water until you can get someone out for a repair.



Instead, it’s much easier to get regular maintenance and checkups on your water heater every year to reduce the chances that you will need emergency repairs. Plus these little heater repairs can extend the life of your water heat from its average of about 10 years.



Repairs & Maintenance Save Money



When your water heat is working inefficiently it is costing you money because it has to work much harder just to keep your water warm. Over time water heaters fill up with sediment and dirt—you’ll notice this in the form of knocking or banging noises from within the water heater. When that sediment settles at the bottom of the appliance, it has a harder time producing hot water and needs to be flushed.



Avoid Costly Repairs and Replacement



Just like with your personal health, “an ounce of prevention” with your water heater “is worth a pound of cure.” If you wait until you have a major problem with your water heater before calling a repair company, you have a much higher chance that the necessary repairs will be more costly and more extensive than if you have been getting regular maintenance and small repairs throughout the life of your water heater. Regular maintenance can spot leaks, corrosion, and other things impact the performance of your appliance. Plus if the damage is bad enough, you might just have to get the entire unit replaced—a cost that may have been avoidable with some preventive maintenance.



Avoid Catastrophic Breakdowns



Of course, the main reason to get regular maintenance is to avoid the major surprises like complete water heater failure, which could even lead to flooding in your basement and will mean high costs for repair or water heater replacement. Early detection of a problem will save you money, time, and the stress of taking those cold showers for a few days while you wait for a repair company.



Schedule maintenance for your water heater right now by calling All Hours Plumbing in Utah.

How to Find a Local Plumber with a Great Reputation

Written by SLC Plumbing on . Posted in Info Articles

When you’re in search of a plumber in Utah, it can sometimes be hard to know who to hire. Searching online gives you plenty of results in the local area, but how can you know which ones are honest and provide high quality work, and which ones don’t? Here are some ways you can spot the best plumbers.


Ask Other Professionals Who They Recommend


Word-of-mouth referrals are often one of the best sources to find quality plumbers because they are based on someone’s personal experience. Even when you don’t know someone who can provide you with a personal recommendation for a plumber, you can ask other professionals who they might recommend. If you know a general contractor, or a remodeling contractor, chances are they have worked with some of the local plumbers and can provide you with good recommendations, or they will know who has a reputation for cutting corners and should be avoided. You can also read online reviews or ask the company for references from past customers.


Look for Licensing and Insurance


Perhaps the best way to spot an honest contractor is to find one that is licensed and carriers the right level of insurance. Dishonest contractors or plumbers might try to sneak by without getting licensing, or may want to avoid licensing because they want to avoid potential sanctions, fines, or problems if customers report them to the licensing office. A good contractor won’t be afraid of these things and will have a current license plus all applicable liability and worker’s compensation insurance.


Find the Locals


Local plumbers in Salt Lake City that have a physical address and phone number in your area are often going to be a safe bet because they are part of your community. Providing high quality work at a fair price means repeat business for them, while cutting corners and ripping people off will lead to a bad reputation.


Check Their History


You might be tempted to hire a plumber that gives you a really low bid over the phone, but before you pull the trigger, check into how long they have been in business. If they have only been around a short time, they might not have as much experience, or worse, they could be the type of company that operates under several different names or keeps changing its name to try and avoid bad reviews. Find someone that has been in business for a long time to make sure you get quality work done.


It’s not hard to find a quality plumber, but you do need to make sure you know how to spot the signs of a good one so you can avoid getting poor quality work or overpaying for plumbing services in Salt Lake City.

5 Things You Should Never Put Down Your Drain

Written by SLC Plumbing on . Posted in Info Articles

The pipes in your home are tasked with carrying water from the city to your home, then the drains take that water back to a water treatment plant where it can be cleaned and reused if possible. For most homeowners, the process is mindless; we just turn on the faucet and water the water head down the drain. The problem comes when we put something down there that doesn’t belong, and end up with a clogged drain and have to call a Utah plumber. Here are five things you should keep out of your drains.

Oil and Grease

Don’t dump that pan of bacon grease down the drain in your kitchen. While it might look like liquid now, as it cools it congeals into a solid sludge that will quickly build up in your pipes and prevent water flow.

Vegetable Peels and Egg Shells

These foods are not something that can easily be broken down by your garbage disposal, and while the occasional accidental egg shell down the drain might not cause lasting problems, if you continue to put these items in the drain you will soon have a garbage disposal that is spitting those things back up at you in a soupy, backed up mess. Eggshells in particular are problematic because the membrane on the inside of the shell will wrap around your garbage disposal blades.

Coffee Grounds

While small and seemingly unobtrusive, coffee grounds down the drain will eventually build up as tiny sediment deposits in your pipes. This can lead to clogs and other water flow issues and require that you call an emergency plumber in Utah to help.

Pits, Seeds, and Bones

This might seem like a no-brainer, but when you put those large pits down the drain they become little balls of destruction, pinballing back and forth inside your disposal and weakening the blade over time. Bones are also extremely hard and will damage your disposal almost immediately, leading to drain clogs.

Sticky Rice or Pasta

In small amounts you can probably get away with putting a little bit of rice or pasta down the drain, but in bulk you run the risk of putting something down there that will expand every time you turn on the water, and will eventually turn into a sticky mess inside your drain.

Fortunately if you do mistakenly put one of these items down the drain, you can call a plumber from All Hours Plumbing—no matter the time of day or night—and they can help you unclog that drain so it won’t overflow.

Sneaky Signs You Might Need a Professional Plumber

Written by SLC Plumbing on . Posted in Info Articles

Plumber

The pipes inside your home are often hidden, but they play a very critical role in your ability to get water from your faucets and showers for everything from cleaning to cooking. In some cases when you have a plumbing problem it will be really obvious—a serious leak, a burst pipe—but in other cases you may not notice the signs until the problem has spread. Here are some signs you can look for to find those sneaky plumbing problems and address them right away by calling a professional plumber in Utah.


Continuous Drips


Sure, that continual drip-drop of water that you can hear from your faucet is a little bit annoying, but it’s not really a problem, right? Wrong. Not only can a constantly dripping faucet cost you a significant amount of money by wasting a lot of water throughout the day and night, it can also send hundreds of gallons of water down your drains, which could eventually cause a flood or other leak. A dripping faucet is often a sign of worn down rubber washers that are supposed to form a tight seal to prevent water from coming into your pipes, and this needs to be repaired or replaced before the valve seal becomes worn or corroded.


Reduced Water Pressure


There are some things completely unrelated to your home’s plumbing that could cause a reduction in water pressure, such as a broken water main in the municipal supply, but a more common reason that the water isn’t flowing is that your pipes are clogged with deposits or sediments. This is particularly dangerous if you have hard water, as these minerals often stick to metal surfaces and can reduce the water’s ability to get through pipes. You might also have a serious leak or breach in your pipes, which requires immediate emergency repair to prevent flooding and home damage.


Running Toilet


If jiggling the handling of your toilet is no longer working to stop the constant running of water, you might need to repair the flapper valve that lets water pass from the tank to the bowl. In some cases you can make a quick repair on your own, but in other cases the problem might go beyond just replacing the flapper, and you will require more extensive help from a professional plumber in Salt Lake City.


Whenever you see a leak or notice signs of potential water damage, the first thing you should do is call a Salt Lake City plumber. Waiting and hoping that the problem will resolve on its own often just leads to more extensive damage and more expensive repair bills.

How To Unclog a Drain With a Plunger

Written by Learner Park on . Posted in Info Articles

Basic Drain Cleaning

When it comes to plumbing I’m an expert, but put me in front of a computer and tell me to build a website I might give you a funny look.

We all need certain things “dummified” for us sometimes and that’s what I want to do in today’s post and in the next few posts. I want to give some simple answers to some simple questions that might not seem so simple to some. Yeah that’s a tongue twister.

If you are a homeowner or just tenant who likes to get things done you should know how to do some basic plumbing tasks. After all not all task should require a plumber (although don’t ever hesitate to call us over a small job). If it’s a simple fix we can walk you through what to do and if it’s something you’d prefer us to come out for we are happy to do so.

Copyright © 2013 AllHoursPlumbingSLC.com | Privacy Policy | Site by Learner Park Media