Posts Tagged ‘Hot Water Heater Replacement’

Plumbing Myths Busted!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Save your money from going down the drain

Everybody has their own at-home remedies to get things fixed. There comes a time when you need to question if these remedies are really working or are they just something that will eventually put your money down the drain. We came across some myths about plumbing that could be costing you money, check it out. 

Myth # 1: Putting lemons and limes down your garbage disposal will make it smell fresh

Bust # 1: The citric acid from fruits like lemons and limes will corrode the metal blade inside your disposal making it dull in the long-run causing you to have to replace it.

Myth # 2: Using “in-tank” cleaners are the best way to keep your toilet clean

Bust # 2: Cleaners used for the toilet usually contain bleach. Therefore, if you store a cleaner in a dark and damp concealed area the bleach can build-up and get a foul order. Eventually this buildup will ruin the functionality of your toilet.

Myth # 3: Running the water while the garbage disposal is going is a must

Bust # 3: If there is already a blockage in the disposal using water is not going to help it. Easing the waste with the water at the same time will allow the flow to breakdown and run smoothly.

Myth # 4: Soap cleans my hands so it can clean my fixtures.

Bust # 4: When soap and water combine they create foam. That foam on fixtures will cause them to cloud immediately and corrode and peel over time.

Myth #5: Every plumber knows what they are doing so it’s okay to trust them with your home

Bust # 5: Just because a plumber has a tool and the wardrobe does not mean they are a good plumber. Be sure they are a highly trained plumbing professional. Click here to learn more about Nowthen Plumbing’s team.

Hot Water Heater Temperatures – Adjusting for Small Children in Your Home

Thursday, August 12th, 2010
If you have small children in your home it is no mystery that they like to play with levers, buttons and turn everything on and off. One way that children are burned each year is by water that is too hot. If they reach up and turn the hot water on while taking a bath or playing in the bathtub they could be seriously burned – it only takes a few seconds.

It is suggested that you turn the temperature on your hot water heater down to 120 degrees to lessen your chances of burns. It takes only a few seconds for a child to get a third degree burn when the temperature is set any higher than that. To learn how to adjust your hot water heater consult your owner’s manual or ask us for help the next time we are out at your house.

This topic was recently featured on The Doctors. Visit their website to learn more about it.

Hot Water Heater: How can you tell when it is time to replace yours?

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
We install many new hot water heaters each year – all over Minneapolis/St. Paul, from Maple Grove to Edina. So we wanted to share with you a few ways to tell that it is time to replace your old hot water heater.
1. Age. It is wise to look at how long your hot water heater has been working. The life expectancy of a gas hot water heater is approximately 8 – 12 years, while the life expectancy of an electric model is 10 – 15 years. Lastly, tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of about 20 years.
2. Flooded area around the water heater. At the end of the water heaters life you will find a growing puddle of water around it. This is a pretty clear sign that it is time to replace it.
3. Water is not as hot or you run out of hot water quickly. You will notice that your hot water is not lasting as long as it used to when the hot water heater was functioning correctly.
The reasons listed above are all basis for calling a plumber to discuss the possibility of needing a new hot water heater.  Call us here at Nowthen Plumbing and we will help you figure out your replacement needs – such as what size and style will accommodate your lifestyle.

The first thing we will discuss is how much hot water you use on a daily basis, especially during those peak hours. Next we will look at what type of hot water heater fits your needs. Most often it is best to stick with what you have installed already.

Although we are very quick at installing new hot water heaters it is wise not to wait until the last minute to replace it, unless you don’t mind cold water of course.