Your water heater is one of the hardest-working systems in your home. With changing regulations contributing to a rise in water heater costs later in the year, it’s also one of those systems that you probably want to protect for as long as possible. Part of protecting your water heater is knowing when to change the sacrificial anode rod. What is the sacrificial anode rod? Read on to find out.
Rentmeister Total Home Service Blog: Archive for April, 2015
Before the water that you use every day is piped into your home, it is put through a rigorous treatment procedure by the city. Harmful chemicals and minerals are removed, after which the clean water is piped into your home to be used. This treatment process, while effective for making your water safe to drink, is unfortunately ineffective at preventing one big problem: hard water. Let’s take a look at what hard water is, what it can do to your plumbing system, and how you can stop it.
As a general rule, you don’t want to ignore any problems that might crop up with your air conditioner. The faster you get problems taken care of by a professional, the healthier your system will be. There are some problems, however, which absolutely cannot wait for repairs. When these emergency problems occur, you need to be able to recognize them and take action as quickly as possible. The following are 3 common air conditioning problems that require immediate repair.
The material of the pipes in home plumbing has undergone significant changes over the last century. At the turn of the last century, the dominant metal for pipes was cast iron. Eventually, more durable galvanized steel replaced it. After 1970, copper became the most common type of metal. Then different kinds of plastic (PVC, PEX, CPVC) joined with copper piping to form the basis of most contemporary residential plumbing systems.
If you live in an older home, you may need to think about arranging for a whole-house repiping job to replace aging and outdated plumbing. This is a large task, but if you call on experienced plumbers, like those at Rentmeister Total Home Service in Salt Lake City, UT, the work will go smoothly and get done in the shortest time possible. After that, you can enjoy hardy new piping that will provide you with few problems for decades to come.
When whole-house repiping is necessary
Was your home built pre-World War II? Then it almost certainly has either galvanized steel or cast iron plumbing (unless a previous owner had it repiped). If this is the case, then you shouldn’t hesitate with arranging for whole-house repiping. Even if you aren’t currently experiencing serious plumbing issues, the pipes are likely already suffering from corrosion damage that will one day put all of the plumbing at risk. If you are in doubt about the condition of the plumbing for a house of this vintage, please call a professional plumber to inspect the piping and tell you what work needs to be done.
If your home was built after the war but before 1970, you should take a tally of how often you have needed to schedule plumbing repairs during the last few years. Are clogs becoming more common? Do you need to have leaks fixed on a regular basis? Have you experienced drops in water pressure? These problems are all signs of decaying plumbing. A skilled plumber will tell you if you need only a few pipes replaced or if it is time to invest in a full repiping.
If you have any questions about repiping and what it involves, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our skilled plumbers have many years of experience with whole-house repiping as well as smaller plumbing repairs, and they can guide you toward the best solution to meet your needs.
Call Rentmeister Total Home Service, where we have provided high quality plumbing installation, replacement, and reapirs for more than 60 years.