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How to Double the Life of Your Water Heater

The average life expectancy of a water heater may be 8-12 years, but there are a few steps you can take which will nearly guarantee a few more years. In fact, there’s one critical task that can double the service life, and all you need is your backyard garden hose! Whether you’re buying a new […]

Water Heater Expansion Tanks: Everything You Need To Know

A water heater expansion tank, also called a thermal expansion tank, is a safety device designed to protect your household plumbing from thermal expansion. The risk of pressure damage from thermal expansion is seldom a concern for tankless water heaters, but if you own a tank-style heater, your plumbing system may be at risk. When […]

How To Replace a Water Heater Element

Sometimes a water heater element needs to be replaced. Just because the heating element is no longer working, doesn’t mean that you need to purchase a new water heater. The task of replacing a water heater element may seem difficult, but most homeowners can make this repair themselves. If your water heater is slow to heat, […]

How to Hire a Plumber: What You Need to Know

Knowing how to hire a plumber can certainly help keep your stress level to a minimum. At some point everybody needs help with their plumbing, whether it’s a leaky faucet, a broken pipe or a flood from your water heater. If the work isn’t done correctly, even small leaks can result in major issues . . […]

Water Heater Leaking: How to Repair Water Damage

If you’ve recently had a water heater leak, then your floor may have some water damage. Once you’ve solved the leak, either by calling a plumber or using our guide to solve the problem yourself, you should check the surrounding floor for water damage. Wood flooring is usually the most susceptible to damage, although water can […]

Water Heater Disposal: How to Recycle your Old Water Heater

Water heater disposal was probably not on your mind when you discovered you needed to purchase a new heater. Yet here you are with two water heaters. One brand new, and one old. Many homeowners choose to purchase their new heater from a company who specializes in selling and installing water heaters. If this was the […]

Electric Water Heater Installation: Step-by-Step Directions to Do It Yourself

Electric water heater installation isn’t as difficult as you might think, especially if you are a DIY kind of person. But before tackling the job, you should consider that you will need to do some basic plumbing as well as electrical work. If these kinds of tasks make you nervous, there are plenty of reputable company’s […]

How To Unclog a Drain Valve: 7 Ways to Get the Water Flowing

When your water heater won’t drain, the most likely cause is a clogged drain valve. This is  generally the result of excessive sediment build-up within the tank. When water is heated, the minerals in the water separate and settle to the bottom of the water heater. If the tank is not drained routinely, the sediment […]

High Altitude and Gas Water Heaters

Natural gas is an excellent fuel source for hot water heaters . . . unless you live in high altitudes. But even if you live on a mountain, there are ways to modify your water heater so that it operates properly. High Altitude means Less Oxygen High altitude problems are not exclusive to gas water […]

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