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Is it Time to Replace the Water Heater

Is it Time to Replace the Water Heater

While technically you can live without hot water, nobody wants to take cold showers every day. Hot water straight from your tap is a necessity none of us want to live without, especially in the winter.

Your water heater has a life expectancy of somewhere between 8 and 12 years. It depends on use, maintenance and the number of people who use the hot water regularly. Most property owner directly reaps the benefits of a working water heater and taking it for granted.

There are some signs to watch out for that it is time to replace the water heater.

Every time you turn on the water heater it makes an annoying noise that doesn’t seem to stop. If you hear crackling, banging, pops or whining noises whenever it comes on, it can drive you nuts especially when the sound never goes away. Hearing these noises all the time usually, indicates that your water heater is about to die. Constantly having noise from the water heater all the time can indicate a buildup of minerals or that the heating element is ready to fail. Whatever the cause of the noises, it inevitably means it’s time to get a plumber to have it fixed or replaced.

The shower is always cold, or you only have hot water for a couple of minutes, the luxury of a long hot shower is gone. Cold water in the shower indicates that the water heater isn’t working properly. You usually have fair warning when the water in the shower isn’t as hot as it should be or doesn’t last longer than a few minutes. If you have consistent drops in temperature, it’s a pretty good sign that the water heater or the element within needs to be replaced.

You have dirty water come from the hot water tap. Brown or off coloured water coming from your hot water taps, it may also give off a strange metallic taste is another indication that the water heater is failing. If you check the tank and have dirty water there as well, you probably have built up. Increased sludge or sediment in the tubes, tank or hose can stop your water heater from working properly. It may not need to be replaced completely, but a plumber should look at it and clean it out.

If you have leaked water on the floor around the tank, that’s a problem. You should never have water around the heating element; puddles can be indicative of corrosion or a leak. This needs to be looked at right away before you end up with a flood.

Replacing your water heater can be pricey, but a plumbing contractor can have it done in less than a day. Watch the video below to see how easily it is done.

Cleaning Up After a Flood

Cleaning Up After a Flood

Floods in the home can come from burst pipes, a leak or good old Mother Nature. No matter the source of the flood the damage is the same, and if you don’t deal with it immediately, the cost can be enormous. If you have water damage, you need to start cleaning up after a flood right away before you end up with a mould problem too.

Here are some tips to help you get a handle on the situation and get the mess sorted out.

You Must Act Quickly

If your flood has been caused by a burst pipe or other plumbing problem, then you need to call a plumber right away to stop the flood from getting worse. Now you need to deal with the mess; you need to get the wet or damp areas dried within a few days before the mould sets in. You also should contact the insurance company to find out you coverage.

Be Careful

Water and electricity don’t mix. Once you discover the flood, then you need to turn off the power to the affected area. If the flood is limited to your basement turn off the breakers for the electricity in the basement. If the flood is throughout the home, then turn off the electricity to the whole house from the main switch. Don’t use electrical appliances like vacuum cleaners to try and clear up the mess.

If water has come from a sewage line, it is contaminated with bacteria, and you need to leave the house immediately before any of your family gets sick. If it’s coming from a pipe, then turn off the water and halt the problem.

Look for The Signs Of Water Damage

Whether or burst pipes makes water damage pretty evident. Sometimes if you have a leaky pipe in the attic or between the walls you can miss the signs. Hidden water damage can cause huge problems before you even realise you have a leak. Search your home, including bathrooms and the kitchen for mouldy or damp areas. Look around window frames and showers and places where the walls may be soft, all of those may indicate water damage.

Start the Cleanup

How you clean up the mess depends on how much damage there is. Minor flooding you can air dry, it is slow but inexpensive. For extensive flooding then you need to call in a professional, trying to do it yourself can be dangerous and leave you with mould. Get some professional flood restoration guys in to fix your home properly.

Dry Out and Save What You Can

If you have valuables that have been affected by a flood, dry them as quickly as possible. If the flood affected most of your home, you might end up with the unpleasant task of sorting through what you can keep and what must be thrown out.

Floods are always unexpected and can be devastating to your home. The damage to your house and personal belongings can leave you feeling desolate but getting in a flood restoration specialist can help you save both your home and its contents