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What Causes A Smelly Sink

Bad Odor Kansas City, KS WHY DOES MY SINK SMELL LIKE ROTTEN EGGS? It is not uncommon for homeowners to encounter unpleasant odors in their household sinks or water, and when they do, they want to go to the source of the problem and find out what is causing their water or sinks to smell unpleasant. If you are experiencing an unpleasant odor in all of your water faucets, then you most likely have a problem with the main water supply. On the other hand, if the smell is only coming from certain faucets, the problem is probably located in the fixtures or pipes involved in those specific faucets. DOES YOUR SINK SMELL LIKE ROTTEN EGGS OR SEWAGE? If you are experiencing a rotten egg (sulfurous) or sewage-like odor in certain sinks, it is likely a result of bacterial activity, which can be caused by bacteria growth inside the drain:

Why Isn’t My Shower Getting Hot?

If you’re like most people, you like the ability to take a hot shower whenever you want. Even if you enjoy lukewarm showers, other members of your household may prefer hotter showers, and that is everybody’s right. If your shower isn’t getting as hot as it used to, then the first place to look is the hot water heater. The hot water that comes out of your shower comes from the hot water heater tank. In order for hot water to be sent to the shower head, it has to start there first. Although the hot water heater is the first place to look if your water isn’t getting hot, there could be other causes that are denying you a hot shower when you want it. Troubleshooting a Cold Shower Check the water heater. If the water in your shower isn’t getting hot, the problem could be the temperature control

5 Tips on How to Clean A Water Heater

Homeowners know an important part of home maintenance is cleaning your hot water heater, especially when you need to get it ready for the winter. Doing so can increase the lifespan of your hot water tank and will help to ensure you have a working hot water faucet, with good water pressure that performs consistently well. This is important for both gas water heaters and electric water heaters. If calcium and sediment buildup starts to accumulate inside of your water heater tank it could disrupt water flow and could cause your water heater to perform poorly, and bacteria could start to thrive in the slush that is coating the bottom of the tank. If the area you live in is known for hard water, you may have to do this maintenance more often.   In some cases, this sediment could cause the water at the bottom of the water heater

Why my hot water is brown?

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

When to Fix a Noisy Water Heater

Think you have a bad water heater? Common signs of trouble include discolored water, leaking water, or little or no hot water. There may be odors, too, but noise is often an issue if you have a bad hot water heater in Kansas City. Excessive noise, according to HomeTips.com, can mean: Corrosive minerals have built up inside the tank or heating elements. Dissolved minerals have recrystallized on interior surfaces. There is a leak somewhere in the appliance. Metal parts are expanding and contracting significantly. When to Seek Water Heater Repair in Kansas City Audible signs it’s time for a fix include: Popping: Mineral deposits in an electric water heater release steam when heated. Even if you have an in-line water filter, minerals can slowly accumulate. Persistent popping noises should be addressed with maintenance. Banging: Sediment can literally explode inside the tank. Professional repairs may be needed, as chunks of material

Having an Energy-Efficient Home in Kansas City

Are you designing a new home in Kansas City? Or, are you remodeling an existing one? Then again, perhaps you’re simply looking to upgrade a few appliances in your home. In all of these situations, you have an amazing opportunity to consider and invest in “energy-efficiency.” With today’s energy-efficient appliances and units, homeowners no longer need to sacrifice comfort, durability, or efficiency when they go “Earth-friendly.” Whether you’re in the market for a water heater, a dishwasher, a toilet, or clothes washing machine, there’s no better time than to consider upgrading to the latest energy-efficient models. If you’re in an existing house, the first step is to speak with a professional plumber about ways you can cut down on energy usage and related costs. On the other hand, if you’re designing or building a new home, or remodeling, the best way to optimize your home’s energy efficiency is to take

Water Heater Repairs in Kansas City

Like all household appliances, water heaters don’t last forever. As long as you’re home, you’re going to be running your hot water heater daily. After all, you NEED hot water to properly wash dishes and to take nice warm showers. Since we use our hot water heater on a daily basis, it’s constantly being used. Over the years, eventually, these units will need to be replaced. If your hot water heater isn’t working properly (e.g. the water is not getting hot enough), that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to run out to the closest home store and plop down $500-$1,000 (going rate for a new water heater) on a brand-new unit. If you’re taking lukewarm, or worse, cold showers, you want to act fast. If a repair instead of a replacement is in order, and you wait too long to call a professional plumber, a minor problem can escalate into

How to Insulate a Hot Water Heater

Just like insulating exposed plumbing pipes, the walls, and the roof, when you insulate your hot water heater tank, you’re improving its efficiency and saving yourself money every month. If you have a new water heater, it’s probably already insulated. But, if your tank is older, then you want to go take a look at it and see if it is insulated and if so if it has an R-value of 24 or higher. If it does not, your water tank is not sufficiently insulated, which means insulating the tank could reduce the standby heat losses by as much as 45 percent, and you could save up to 16 percent in heating costs. Usually, once a homeowner insulates their water tank, they recoup their money within 12 months, even less if you have a large family that takes a lot of showers. Insulating your water heater doesn’t have to break

Buying a New Home: Plumbing Inspections

Are you buying a new home? When we say “new,” we’re not necessarily talking about a brand new home, but a new home for you. If you put an offer in on a house, you’re going to order a home inspection and depending on where you live, possibly a termite inspection. But, what about the plumbing, have you put much thought into that? Let’s say you found your dream home. It’s been a rental for the last 20 years, but you don’t mind. The owners recently re-painted the whole house from the inside out, and they installed new carpets. You’re ready to make an offer and seal the deal, assuming the inspection goes well. The general contractor who moonlights as an inspector says the house looks good but did he take a close look at the plumbing? It has had several renters over the years, and that could be cause for concern.

Is Your Water Heater Ready for the Fall?

As the kids return to school and everyone eases back into their back to work routines, the leaves begin to turn brown and the nights get a little bit chillier. During the summer, you may not think about your hot water heater, but now that it’s starting to get cooler, it’s a good idea to put some thought into your hot water heater and how long it’s been since it’s been maintained. In today’s households, hot water is an absolute must. You need hot water to wash dirty dishes, towels, linens, and whites. Nobody likes to start off their autumn day with an ice-cold shower – that’s one day to start the day in a bad mood. If you have children, it’s virtually impossible to get them to bathe unless you have nice, warm, comfortable water. Obviously, hot water is an absolute must expense, just like water and electricity. So,

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