Water Heaters: Temperature/Pressure Relief Valve And Safety

Posted by on Feb 5th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Water Heaters: Temperature/Pressure Relief Valve And Safety

Temperature/Pressure Relief (TPR) valves are usually installed in water heaters to help prevent explosions. They do this by providing a way out for hot water and steam. Doing so usually decreases pressure in the heating system and as a result reduces the chances of heater explosions. Given the importance of the role that these valves play, it is important for every homeowner to ensure that they are in good shape at all times. The fact that they handle hot water makes them a potential safety hazard. The following are TPR valve tips that will help make your home safer. Testing the TPR valve Most TPR valve heaters are fitted with a lever system. This lever usually comes in handy in cases where the TPR valve malfunctions and manual intervention is necessary. And while the lever is primarily an emergency intervention feature, it can also be used to test whether the TPR valve is functioning properly. Taking advantage of this feature can help you prevent a water heater disaster by allowing you enough time to replace a malfunctioning valve. Using the “test” lever is also a good chance to ensure no physical objects get in the way of the TPR valve’s operation. Things that limit the movement of the “test” lever, such as walls, are usually of particular concern. This is because the lever is connected to the valve. Therefore, anything that makes it impossible to move it can potentially affect the operation of the valve. Adding a discharge tube In order to ensure that you and your family are shielded from the risks of scalding, it is important to ensure that the TPR valve is fitted with a discharge tube. The function of this tube will be to ensure that the hot water emitted by the TPR valve is safely guided to a drain. This will go a long way towards reducing the risks of accidental scalding. And since the emitted water will be discharged away from your furniture and other valuables, a properly installed discharge tube will come with the added advantage of reducing the risks of water damage. When installing the discharge tube, it is important to remember that the discharge tube should never be “piped up”. What this means is that it should be installed in a way that ensures the smooth flow of water- it should be consistently dropping – gradient wise. This is important because a “piped up” discharge pipe is usually inefficient when it comes to draining TPR valve water leaks. This not only increases the risks of blockage, but also makes it impossible to detect these leaks – something that may hide the signs of a heater malfunction. If you do see a leak, then contact a heating services professional right...

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4 Most Essential Plumbing Tools And Materials For Common Repairs And Emergencies

Posted by on Jan 21st, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Most Essential Plumbing Tools And Materials For Common Repairs And Emergencies

When something goes wrong with your plumbing, you are probably going to call the plumber. However, there may be times when a plumber cannot come to your home right away, or when you may need to deal with small repairs on your own. For these situations, it is important to have the right plumbing tools and materials. Here are some of the most essential tools and materials you will want to have in your home: 1. Home Improvement Toolbox With Essential Plumbing Tools You will want to have a home improvement toolbox to do small repairs in your home. This box should include the essential plumbing tools. A set of screw drivers can be good for loosening clamps and other connections. Small torches or a soldering iron can help repair a leaking water line, and a crescent wrench can be used to loosen plumbing fittings. 2. Keeping Tape, Sealants And Connections To Do Minor Repairs There are also many types of tapes, gaskets and sealants that can come in handy. Teflon tape can be used to seal leaks and make pipe connections water tight. You may also want to have adhesives for connection PVC pipe, as well as some of the most common rubber gaskets to replace worn out gaskets. 3. Drains, Pipes And Plumbing Materials To Do An Emergency Repair Sometimes, you may need to replace a small section of pipe. This can happen with sinks and other drain lines. You may want to look at the size pipe for the kitchen sink and water lines. Keep extra pipe and drains in your repair kit to help deal with small problems with sinks and water lines in your home. 4. Keys, Snakes And Plungers To Deal With Water And Clogged Drains Dealing with drain clogs can be frustrating. Sometimes, a simple tool like a plunger can solve the problem. When something is stuck deep in a drain, a plumbing snake can grab it and pull it out to remove a clog. You may also want a key for the water service, which can be used if you have a problem with burst pipes during a winter freeze. These are some of the most essential plumbing materials you want to have available in your home. They are great to have on hand for any plumbing you plan on doing on your own. If you have a plumbing emergency, contact an HVAC professional like Bishop Plumbing, Heating and Cooling to help you with the problems that are too big for you to fix on your...

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The ABCs Of Preparing For A Lengthy Plumbing Project At Home

Posted by on Jan 21st, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The ABCs Of Preparing For A Lengthy Plumbing Project At Home

Even though most residential plumbing projects can be accomplished within a few hours when you hire a professional, there will always be those major occasions when there is a plumbing problem that will require more time to complete. If you are facing a major plumbing task at your house, it will make everything easier to handle and less interruptive to your daily life if you are appropriately prepared. There is an ABC rule set to keep in mind to help you get ready for a lengthy plumbing project before the plumber arrives to get started. Always make sure you have plenty of water on hand. Before the project is scheduled to start, go ahead and pick up a few cases or gallons of bottled water or fill up a few containers you already have at home. While your water is off, you and your family will need water for drinking, cleaning up, washing hands, and a variety of other tasks. It is a good idea to figure one gallon of water for every person for every day that you will be without water in the house. Be sure to make alternative bathroom arrangements if necessary. If you and your family will not have use of the toilet while a plumbing job is taking place, such as work on a septic system, make sure you make alternative arrangements. Otherwise, you will be left having to take trips to the nearest relative or public restroom a lot. Talk to a close neighbor and ask if your household can use their restroom for a few days or even consider renting a portable toilet temporarily, which usually only costs between $100 to $175 for a weekend or few days of rental. Create simple meal plans and get the food prepared for cooking in advance. Make sure you plan meals for while your water will be off for the project. Opt for simple items that don’t need a lot of water or don’t require a lot of clan up, such as frozen pizza, sandwiches, or salads. If you do have something in mind that will need water for preparation, such as pasta or soup, prepare your kettle in advance with the needed water and pop it in the fridge. Don’t forget to grab some wet wipes at the store. When you have no water ready and available from your faucets, wet wipes can be a major convenience. Grab a few containers of baby wipes for cleaning hands and faces as needed and grab a packages few disinfectant wipes for cleaning in a pinch. Now, sit back and wait for help, perhaps from Roto-Rooter, to...

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2 Common Parts That Can Cause Your Toilet Not To Flush

Posted by on Jan 14th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Common Parts That Can Cause Your Toilet Not To Flush

Having a toilet that doesn’t flush all the way can be a real pain. Not only is it an inconvenience, but it also makes it more difficult to keep your toilet clean. Having to flush the toilet multiple times will end up wasting a significant amount of water as well. It might be that one of the internal components is damaged and in need of repair. To find out what might be causing your toilet to have problems flushing, check out a few of the parts below. Lift Chain Take the lid off the back of your toilet tank. If there is a lift chain in there, you want to take a look at it and make sure there isn’t a bunch of slack in it. If there is too much slack, the flapper isn’t going to be able to raise up as far as it should. This prevents the toilet from getting the water it needs to flush all the way. To get the flapper where it needs to be, you can simply adjust the chain by taking it off the flapper and reattaching it to one of the closer holes. It might take you a few times to get the length just right, so be patient. Flapper This tiny piece of rubber is what sits on the bottom of your toilet tank and lets water come into and out of your toilet tank. As you flush your toilet, it raises up and allows the water to go out of the tank and into your toilet bowl. It then goes back down and covers the hole to let the water fill back up again for your next flush. Flappers that are damaged, warped or worn won’t be able to sit on the bottom of the tank properly. When they aren’t able to seal off the hole, it allows the water to continuously leak from the tank. Because of this, your toilet isn’t going to be able to flush properly. To replace the flapper, you will need to turn the water off to your tank. Flush the toilet to get all of the existing water out. Then, take the old part off and put the new one on. Turn your water back on and you are good to go. While these are only a couple of parts that could be bad, there are others as well. If you ever have any questions or concerns, you can always discuss them with a local plumber....

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Tankless Water Heaters – The Solution To Your Hot Water Issues

Posted by on Jan 6th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tankless Water Heaters – The Solution To Your Hot Water Issues

There are many reasons to go tankless when choosing your next hot water heater. They can replace an existing insulated tank system or complement an existing hot water supply source. Best of all, they can also supply a limitless amount of hot water on demand. Why should you replace your old tank with a tankless water heater? When your old hot water tank either stops heating water or rusts out and leaks its contents all over your floor, or both, you should consider the additional initial expense of switching to a tankless unit. Tankless water heaters save money by heating water on demand, rather than storing it and using energy to keep it heated in an insulated tank. Tanks can only hold a limited amount of hot water, so when the hot water runs out, one or more family members must either take a cold shower or wait until water is heated inside the tank. New insulated tanks must meet federal efficiency requirements, which include additional external insulation. This may cause a new tank to be too large for the space allotted for the old tank. If the new tank doesn’t fit in the existing space, plumbing will need to be rerouted to a larger space to accommodate the new larger tank. Tankless water heaters are small enough to be hung on a wall in the space where a tank has been removed. Tankless water heaters as a complement to existing units Tankless water heaters don’t need to meet all of the hot water supply needs of a home. Smaller units can be installed in areas such as bathrooms for extra shower capacity for larger families, while the rest of the home can be supplied by an existing insulated tank system. Tankless water heaters are also a perfect complement for solar hot water systems, which can be inconsistent and dependent on the amount of available sunshine in relation to daily needs. Their capacity to heat water on demand allows environmentally-responsible homeowners to use solar power for as much of their needs as possible while still saving energy by using fossil fuels only to heat water, not to keep it heated in a storage tank. The thought of endless hot showers, without the accompanying guilt of subjecting other family members to lukewarm showers at best as with traditional tank systems, easily overshadows all of the above mentioned practical considerations and justifies any additional expenses for converting to a tankless unit. For more information, contact Mr Rooter or a similar...

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About Me

When I bought my first home, I had a love-hate relationship with my plumbing. Sometimes things would run along smoothly, while other times I found myself shaking my head at a stopped drain. It was a really frustrating ordeal, and I quickly discovered that things were a little easier when I could troubleshoot problems on my own. After taking a local plumbing class, I learned to love plumbing. I want you to learn how to quickly and easily diagnose trouble, which is why I have filled this blog with helpful tricks and tips. By learning a little more, you might be able to resolve issues in a jiffy.

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