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WATER HEATER MAINTENANCE IN KANSAS CITY, KS HOW TO KEEP YOUR WATER HEATER FREE FROM RUST If your water heater’s tank is like most others, it is made of steel, but there is also a layer of glass. If water seeps through that glass though, then rust will develop along with the tank, causing a leak. The problem is, you probably can’t be aware that there is rust forming until the leak actually happens. And if a leak is coming from the tank itself, then you cannot fix your water heater; you will have to replace it altogether. That being said, you can still take measures to prevent rust in your water heater. Actually, you have a rust-fighting element included in the water heater, and this is the cathodic anode (it could also be called the sacrificial anode). This anode can be three to five feet in length, and its
What to Do When the Garbage Disposal Stops Working
Garbage disposals are a handy thing to have in our kitchens, as it allows us to take care of our drains by chopping up the pieces of food waste before they go down the drainpipe. Whether you are putting your dinner leftovers down the disposal, orange peels, and coffee grounds or your child has thrown one too many action figures down the drain, you are well aware that at times they can stop working altogether and will need some garbage disposal repair. While it may not happen all too often, in the event your garbage disposal has stopped working, here are a few simple tips to consider in order to get it back in shape. In the event your garbage disposal stops, you want to immediately turn off the switch and refrain from placing your hand or any other object inside of it. Even when the device is off because
Seven Types of Plumbing Emergencies That Happen to Everyone
The plumbing in your Kansas City home is designed to last decades, but repair and maintenance issues will occur from time to time. Plumbing emergencies can cause considerable inconvenience and can damage your home if they aren’t remedied quickly. Fortunately, 24-hour plumber services can help homeowners quickly resolve some of the most frequently occurring plumbing issues, such as: Clogged sinks and shower drains – Food, hair, and other debris can clog your kitchen or bathroom sinks. Sometimes you can resolve the problem on your own but, often, the clog is so severe an emergency plumber is needed. If your garbage disposal is clogged with a buildup of some kind, we can help. Clogged drains are the most common types of plumbing emergency call we receive, and clearing sink drains is one of our specialties as a full-service plumbing company. Leaky faucets and toilets – Leaky faucets and toilets won’t just
Know the Signs of a Gas Leak to Stay Safe
There’s a very good reason why gas leaks make the news. Natural gas is highly combustible and can quickly turn into a fire or an explosion. But what exactly is a gas leak? A gas leak is a leak of natural gas from the main pipeline into your home or other living space. Any spark, even something as simple as using your cell phone, can cause it to ignite. If you even think there is a remote chance of a gas leak in your home, get out immediately and contact your gas company; a plumbing contractor can help provide emergency services as well. Recognizing the signs of a gas leak can mean the difference between life and death. Never ignore any of the following signs: Smell—A distinctive, strong odor similar to rotten eggs. Natural gas is odorless, but gas companies use an additive that smells like rotten eggs to alert
Got Kids? Plumbing Advice for Parents!
Some people have a good grasp of plumbing, especially when they grew up with a father or a grandfather who was pretty handy around the house. If you were the kid who wore your Dad’s tool belt as he repaired a clogged garbage disposal or a leaky faucet, you may have a good understanding of how indoor plumbing works. On the other hand, perhaps you grew up in apartments. Whenever your single mom had a problem with the plumbing, the apartment manager would dispatch a handyman or a professional plumber to fix the issue. Or, perhaps your parents were very busy people with demanding careers. Your father was traveling all the time and your mom was always at the office, so you were cared for by your grandmother or a babysitter. In other words, your father didn’t have time to do work around the house so he called a professional
How Does Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement Work?
If you live in an older home in Kansas City, the lifespan of your home’s plumbing system may be in the back of your mind, or even at the top of your mind. If your sewer is 40-years-old or older, it may be a matter of time before it needs to be replaced. Perhaps your home was recently built in an older neighborhood. If that’s the case, your home’s plumbing may not be connected to a new pipe. Instead, it may be connected to an older pipe with traditional methods and connections. Homeowners understand the gravity of clogs in existing sewer lines, especially old sewer pipes; but many homeowners do not know about trenchless pipe replacement and relining, allowing for a new sewer line without digging! We’ve found that a lot of people are afraid of having to replace their sewer – for some homeowners, it’s their biggest fear! This
Plumbing Advice for Landlords in Kansas City
In many situations, renters and homeowners have different mentalities when it comes to home maintenance. When something breaks down or stops working, usually the first thing a renter does is put in a call to their landlord. Renters may not think twice about what they put down the garbage disposal or the toilet because they automatically think their landlord will foot the bill when a problem arises. Homeowners, on the other hand, know that if anything were to go wrong, they have no one to rely on but themselves. So, homeowners do their best to take care of their property so they can minimize all home-related costs. From their roof to their HVAC system, to their carpeting, and their indoor plumbing system, most homeowners are actively looking for ways to take care of their property and reduce repair and replacement costs. Are You a Landlord? Real estate can be a
Common Commercial Plumbing Issues
Whether you’re a business owner or a manager, there’s one thing you know for sure: You can’t afford to have plumbing “problems.” After all, time is money! When it comes to DIY practices for preventing toilet clogs, clogged drains, and leaky faucets at home, you’re probably pretty good at maintaining your plumbing, but when it comes to controlling how employees, customers, and visitors take care of the plumbing in your building – not so easy and is part of why commercial plumbing can be so important. Whether you’re running a small business, a retail store, or an office building, you need the plumbing to work smoothly. If you’ve been at it a while, you already know that plumbing problems are inevitable. Aside from mentioning “proper plumbing maintenance” in an employee meeting, there’s not much you can do about what people flush down the toilet, but that doesn’t mean the situation
Tree Roots and Plumbing Problems
Most people enjoy the beauty and splendor of big, mature trees, especially when they provide a lot of shade during the hot summer months. As a child, or when you were a young adult and you rented your first house, you probably didn’t put much thought into the trees surrounding your home. Back then, the trees were probably ornamental in your eyes, plus they provided some nice shade. Once you’re a homeowner, your views about trees can shift dramatically. Suddenly, you’ll be concerned about how close trees are located to sewer lines and whether thirsty tree roots are going to wreak havoc on your plumbing system and cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. Sewer lines are a magnet for thirsty tree roots. After all, the pipes provide an ample supply of water and oxygen that the roots need to thrive. Once a root discovers a leaky pipe underground, the
Commercial Plumbing: Problems to Look For
Are you a property or facility manager? If so, dealing with the plumbing will be a big part of your job, but you already knew that. Technically, the plumbing is made up all of the building’s pipes and fixtures, such as the faucets that distribute water throughout the building and remove the wastewater. The sewers and water mains are not considered the actual plumbing. Instead, it’s the parts that are a part of the building that is the “plumbing.” Generally, the plumbing pipes in a commercial building will be made out of copper, brass, or stainless steel, but plastic is becoming increasingly common. Inside of a commercial building there are three inter-connected systems, which include the water supply lines, the wastewater drain lines, and finally the vents. The wastewater lines rely on the vents and vice versa; this is known as the “DMV system.” The vents are critical because they