Your water heater is an appliance that can last for decades, yet daily usage will take its toll and your water heater will eventually need to be replaced. Here are four indicators to watch out for so that you have plenty of time to repair or update your system before a malfunction leaves you in the cold.
If your water heater is more than 10 years old then you should consider getting it professionally inspected to determine whether or not it needs to be replaced. If you’re not sure of its age, look for the manufacturer’s label on the upper part of the water heater. This label will feature the serial number for the unit and a date code for when it was made. To read the date code, look at the first letter and the first two digits. The letter “A” represents the first month of the year (i.e. January), the letter “B” represents February, and so forth. The next two digits represent the year. If the beginning of the date code says D07, it means that the water heater was made in April 2007. You can also use the manufacturer’s website to help you determine the date of your water heater.
A sure sign that your water heater is wearing out is when it starts producing less hot water. This issue could be caused by several factors. Over time, sediment can build up in the tank, reducing the volume of hot water available for your home. Another common problem is that the heating element starts to fail and is unable to heat the water to the desired temperature.
Leakage and rust are two common signs that it’s time to get an inspection or go shopping for a new water heater. Water pooling on the floor around the heater indicates that the inner tank sealing has failed. If you turn on the hot water and it looks brownish-red, this is the sign of rust in the tank.
Older water heaters are less efficient and upgrading to a newer model, such as a tankless water heater, can really help cut energy costs. It can also help reduce water waste, as you’ll no longer have to keep the tap running constantly, waiting for the hot water to arrive.
Best Plumbing is available to help homeowners with all of their plumbing needs. Call or contact us today if you think your water heater needs an inspection or that you might benefit from a system upgrade. Our expert plumbers will come out and help you determine the best solution for your needs and budget.
Updating the plumbing in your kitchen can be a fun way to refresh the room, reduce costs, and improve the usability of your space. Join Best Plumbing as we take you through three of the best plumbing updates for your kitchen.
Installing new plumbing fixtures is a great way to update your kitchen. Beyond visually jazzing up your space, modern faucets can also utilize technology to make your kitchen routine easier or potentially save you money. For example, low flow and motion sensor faucets can do both. In addition to being good for the environment, these types of water-conserving faucets can help you save money, too! With less water flowing out of the spout and less heat being used to generate warm water, you’ll save money on your water and energy bills! To discover the perfect fixtures for your home, come visit the Best Plumbing showroom. Feel free to schedule an appointment or just drop by!
Having a water filtration system installed under your kitchen sink will not only raise the value of your home, but it will also make your life easier. Refillable pitchers with water filters, and even refrigerators with replaceable filters, can be a pain to use. Between having to refill the pitcher every time you want drinkable water, or remembering to order a new filter for the fridge before it fails, these alternative systems can be an unnecessary irritant in your life. With the installation of a water filtration system, you will have access to clean drinking water from your sink 24/7.
The garbage disposals of today have come a long way from the loud, gurgling monstrosities of yesteryear. When having a new garbage disposal installed, look for one that is stainless steel. Not only will these sharp blades work better as a disposal, but they will also be quieter and get the job done a lot faster than many other types of metal. A quieter garbage disposal is a great way to upgrade your kitchen, make dish washing more enjoyable, and efficiently eliminate food and odors from your sink.
If you are ready to start updating your kitchen, then give Best Plumbing a call. While you’re at it, be sure to ask about getting your pipes checked. There’s no point in updating a kitchen if the foundation is broken!
We are proud to serve the greater Puget Sound area, providing homeowners with all of their plumbing needs. We look forward to hearing from you!
Considering Seattle’s status as a tech hub, it’s no surprise that a growing number of owners are using smart home technology to transform all areas of their home—including the bathroom. Below, Best Plumbing explores a few of the exciting advancements that you can incorporate into your own high tech bathroom plan.
You might find it hard to imagine how much a classic toilet could possibly change, but they are evolving with the addition of smart technology. New luxury toilets have features including automatic lids, heated seats, nightlights, and leak detection sensors. There’s also been a rise in various voice-controlled devices. Simply say “toilet flush” and it’s taken care of, hands-free!
In the past, using electronic devices near a bathing area was a bad idea. However, with improvements in waterproofing technology, the shower as joined the home automation revolution. Installing a digital controller allows you to choose (and even pre-program) the exact temperature and water pressure you prefer, eliminating the often-painstaking process of fiddling with knobs. Another popular shower upgrade is LED lighting to set a relaxing mood. And for those of you who love singing in the shower, there are now showerheads with built-in Bluetooth speakers!
Ever been to a public restroom where you had to spend an annoying amount of time frantically waving your hands to try and activate a motion sensor sink. Well, this isn’t an issue with new home-automated sinks. Utilizing infrared technology, hands-free sinks add a touch of luxury to your bathroom experience and offer an incredible water saving solution.
Bathrooms of the future have arrived, adding comfort, convenience, and luxury to your Seattle home. Give Best Plumbing a call at (206) 622-1700, or visit our showroom, and our expert plumbers and design staff will help bring your bathroom into the modern age.
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