Why Isn’t My Water Heater Producing Hot Water?

One of the most common -- and unfortunately most inconvenient -- issues with a water heater is when it stops producing hot water. If you have a gas-powered unit this can be due to an extinguished pilot light. A professional simply needs to relight it to restore hot water. It could also signal an issue with the system’s heating element.

What Plumbing Issues Require Emergency Repairs?

Some serious plumbing issues can require emergency repairs. These can include a burst pipe, a malfunctioning sump pump -- leaving you at risk for flood waters entering your house during the next major storm -- and a clogged toilet. While a clogged toilet might not seem like an emergency, it needs to be repaired quickly to avoid potential water damage to your property.

How Can I Prevent Burst Pipes?

A burst pipe at your house or building can result in a major plumbing emergency with the potential for hundreds of gallons of water to flood your property. You can prevent this by taking several precautions. In cold temperatures, make sure your pipes are insulated and keep water running at a trickle to keep water flowing through the pipes. You should also be alert if your water pressure decreases and if you notice any signs of a leak. Having a professional inspect your pipes regularly can help remove any minor blockages and determine if your pipes are showing signs of aging and need to be replaced.

When Do I Need Professional Drain Cleaning Services?

While you might think you are successfully removing blockages from your drains on your own, there are some signs that can indicate you need professional services. Some symptoms include if your drains are slowing down, if you have recurring clogs (meaning you’re not removing the entire blockage), if you have multiple drains that are clogged at once, if there is a foul odor coming from your drains, and if you see signs of flooding.

What Causes Slab Leaks?

Slab leaks can be caused by several factors. Some of the most common causes can include corrosion from soil chemicals, abrasions from long-term vibrations, pressure from the shifting ground or human error, a defect caused by a construction project, and a poorly installed piping system.

What Should I Expect During a Water Heater Tune-Up?

It’s recommended that you have your water heater inspected by a professional at least once a year to keep it running properly. During a tune-up, you can expect a plumber to perform several tasks, including checking the inside and outside of the unit for any cracks, defects, or signs of aging. He or she will also drain the basin to remove any sediment that’s building up and change the filters as needed. The professional will also check the hoses for any cracks.

What Are the Advantages of a Tankless Water Heater?

When selecting a new water heater for your home, you will likely hear a lot about tankless water heaters. If you’re not familiar with these systems, they can provide the following benefits:
  • Operate more energy-efficiently so they can lower your utility bills.
  • Only heat the exact amount of water that’s needed.
  • Require less maintenance than traditional systems.
  • Take up less space since they do not have a tank.
  • Produce on-demand hot water.

For plumbing repairs and installations in Tallahassee, FL, call Capital Plumbing Contractors at 850-576-8420. We offer 24-hour emergency services.