Four Plumbing Resolutions for the New Year

It’s hard to believe 2017 is gone and 2018 is here. 2017 seemed to fly right on by, and you may have fallen short on your prior year’s resolutions. As you reflect and look ahead to 2018, adding some plumbing resolutions to your list is a great way to start the New Year off.

  1. Give your hot water heater some TLC.

Your hot water heater provides hot water when you take a shower, do dishes, and do laundry. If you have a tank-style water heater, sediment can build up in the bottom of the tank. It is a good idea to have your hot water heater inspected, cleaned, and flushed by a professional plumber.

If your water heater is more than five years old, it could be the right time to upgrade to tankless water heaters, which are much more energy efficient. In addition, a new tankless heater can help reduce your energy bills.

  • TIP: If you opt to keep your tank-based water heater, have it wrapped in a special insulating blanket. This blanket helps slow heat loss from the water heater and how often the heater runs to maintain the desired water temperature inside the tank.
  1. Take care of any water leaks, dripping faucets, and slow-draining drains.

If you notice water under your crawl space or in your basement, it often indicates a water leak. Ignoring leaks will not make them go away and can lead to more costly repairs. It is better to have a plumber check for leaks and fix them before they damage the interior structures of your home.

Dripping faucets waste water and indicate a problem with the fixture. Have the existing fixture replaced with a new water-saving one. Not only will the leak be fixed, but you will also notice a reduction in your water bills.

Slow-draining drains indicate a problem with a blockage in the pipes. If you choose to wait until it becomes a clog, it can create a bigger mess in your home. You won’t be able to use your sink, tub, shower, or toilet until you have the clog removed.

  1. Upgrade your toilet with low flush toilet.

You can convert your existing toilet into a low flush style by having the interior flushing components replaced. If the toilet is older, you may want to just upgrade to a new style that already includes these features. Using less water per flush cycle will help lower your water bills.

  1. Have the drain pipe on your AC unit

Most central air conditioning units have a drain pipe where the condensation from inside the unit drains away. This drainage pipe can get clogged with dirt and debris. It is a good idea to have it professionally cleaned once a year.

  • TIP: Remember to also schedule an annual AC and heating system tune-up at the same time, to ensure your AC and heating unit are operating optimally.

To schedule service for any of the above plumbing resolutions or AC tune-up service for your Houston area home, please feel free to contact MET Plumbing at 281-599-3336 today!

Trying to Fix Your Water Heater? Why It’s Best to Leave It to the Professionals

Water heater repair and installation is something that should be left to professional plumbers. There are many different types of connections required for the hot water heater to work correctly, including:

  • Electrical Wiring
  • Hot and Cold Water Supply Lines
  • Electrical Shutoff Switch
  • Gas Lines
  • Venting
  • Overflow Plumbing/Draining

Most of these are well beyond the scope and abilities of even the most seasoned DIYer (Do-It-Yourselfer).

Fix Your Water Heater

Here at MET Plumbing, you can rest easy knowing your new water heater is installed correctly and safely, and that it meets your hot water demands. However, there are certain troubleshooting and diagnostic tasks you can complete ahead of time before calling a plumber.

Problem 1: Not Enough Hot Water

If your hot water needs have changed recently—for instance, you have house guests, new roommates, or are using more hot water—your water heater may not be keeping up with your demand. The first place to start is to check the hot water temperature dial and the heater.

If it is set too low, then this could be the cause, so you want to turn it up about five or ten degrees and see if this resolves the issue. If you are still running out of hot water, you may need a bigger tank or need to upgrade to a tankless heater to meet your hot water demands.

Problem 2: The Water Is Too Hot

With this problem, simply check the temperature gauge on the tank and turn it down five to ten degrees. If you notice it sounds like the water is boiling inside the tank, then you need to shut off the water heater and contact a plumber immediately. It is recommended to stay away from the area where the water heater is located, as pressure is building inside the tank, and it could explode.

Problem 3: The Water Is Cold

For gas water heaters, verify the pilot light is lit. If it is not, shut off the gas and ventilate the room if there is a strong gas smell. Wait several hours before attempting to relight the pilot. Once relit, if it does not stay lit or keeps going out, call a pro to get this fixed.

With electric water heaters, check to see if the breaker switch has blown, and reset it. Next, check the electrical switch, which should be located near the water heater, to make sure that it did not get shut off. After making these checks, if you still have no hot water, the heating elements may have failed and need to be replaced.

Water Heater Installation

Problem 4: The Water Smells or Is Discolored

If both your hot and cold water have this problem, you may need a whole house water filtration system installed. If it is just the hot water, there could be mineral deposits and other sediments inside the tank, indicating the tank needs to be flushed. Flushing should always be done by a professional because of the risks of pressurized scalding hot water.

If you have other problems not mentioned above, or your water heater needs to be repaired or replaced, please feel free to contact MET Plumbing at 281-599-3336 today!