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When to replace a hot water heater

Most people don't give much thought to their hot water heater. It's usually just some appliance down in the basement that takes up space — until it doesn't work properly, that is. Then suddenly it becomes all a homeowner can think about!

Do you know how old your hot water heater is? As much as we rely on them for everything from cooking and cleaning to showering and doing laundry, hot water heaters don’t last forever. And if you’re not careful, you may not notice you need a replacement until your floor is soaked and your hot water heater is completely useless! Fortunately, there are a number of warning signs you can lookout for, that will let you know when your hot water heater is compromised:

Your Hot Water Heater’s Age

Age is the biggest factor in determining your hot water heater’s performance. A gas water heater will last about 10 – 12 years (depending on your water quality). Electric water heaters will last about 10 – 15 years. (Note: Age is not the only factor in determining whether you need water heater replacement, but it helps to start thinking about getting a new one once your system reaches the 10 year mark.)

Rusty Water

Debris, water scale and rust inevitably collect and build up along the bottom of the tank. While you can’t see inside your tank, you will be able to see rust colored water as some of the gunk starts affecting the water in your taps. If you notice rust colored water, or rust stains left behind in your sink or bathtub, try to flush your hot water heater, or call a licensed plumbing contractor to determine whether or not you will need to have your hot water heater replaced.

Puddles on the Floor

This is one of the clearest signs that you need to have your hot water heater replaced. Whether you’ve got a small bit of moisture around the base of the tank or a huge puddle all over the floor, a leak in your tank will only get bigger until it completely compromises your hot water heater. If you see ANY signs of leakage under your hot water heater tank, call a licensed plumbing contractor right away. 

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Call a Plumber

There really isn’t anything more annoying in the home than a water/plumbing leak no matter it’s location within the house. Besides being annoyed by the leak, there is always the cost of repair to consider. What about the structural damage that can lead to even bigger issues? If not taken care of, a slab or other major leak in the home structure can be the most damaging. Whether you have a small, plumbing problem related to an appliance/fixture or a hidden leak problem, contact J Downs Plumbing immediately.
Many people in desperate need of plumbing assistance fall victim to less than honest companies which are quick to overcharge yet very often under perform. J Downs Plumbing is certainly not one of those companies!
When you work with J Downs Plumbing, you will be treated fairly and given the most information possible in an honest manner. Our plumbing technicians are experienced in all facets of residential as well as commercial plumbing. Using the latest technology, J Downs Plumbing can diagnose the problem and present you with the best options for correcting the problem. Whether for your home or business,  J Downs Plumbing is the #1 choice for quality, professional service in the Browns Mills Burlington  and Trenton areas.

Have you heard from your toilet lately? If you’ve heard anything at all from your toilet recently, it is probably not a good thing. A single leaking toilet could be costing you big dollars on your water bill. Would you believe that a leaking or continuously running toilet could be wasting around 200 gallons a day! That’s a tremendous amount of water.
If your toilet is making noise, if it overfills the bowl and flushes itself sometimes or if jiggling the handle is a regular thing in your bathroom, you have got yourself a leaking toilet for sure. The professionals at The Plumbing Rooter Company can help. If you’ve been hearing from your toilet lately, have an expert plumbing technician chat with your toilet to see exactly what’s going on. It could save you a great deal of money on your water bill.
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Plumbing Maintenance

Plumbing problems can present an emergency situation. You should maintain your water lines on a regular basis to avoid emergency repairs. When you have a backed up kitchen drain your plumbing is not working properly. You should have an inspection of your plumbing at least once a year to ensure that you do not run into costly plumbing repairs.
 
To ensure that you are taken care of promptly when an emergency arises , you should present yourself as a priority to the plumber of your choice. By doing this you will be taken care of in a timely manner when a plumbing issue arises. Costly plumbing issues can come on unexpectedly. You will want to be at the top of the list when an emergency occurs.
Getting a good plumbing professional can be difficult without references. The best thing to do is ask your friends and family members for a reference of a good plumber. With a reference from a trusted friend or family member you can rest assured that your plumbing contractor will maintain your water lines properly.

Troubleshooting Electric Water Heaters

Troubleshooting Electric Water Heaters
When an electric heater has problems, suspect the heating elements, their thermostats, and the high-temperature cutoff. The two heating elements (upper and lower), immersed in water, are controlled by thermostats which, along with the high-temperature cutoff, are concealed behind a panel on the side (insulation must be cut away for access after removing the panel). If the high-temperature cutoff has tripped due to water that's too hot, the solution may be as easy as pushing the reset button. High voltage and inaccessibility warrant a service call to adjust the thermostats, reset the high-temperature cutoff, or to replace any of these components of the heating elements themselves.
 
There is no hot water.
 
Check for:
  • The heater has no power.
  • The safety thermostat has quit working.
  • Defective heating thermostat.
  • Defective heating elements.
  • Accumulation of rust, scale, or sediment in the tank or pipes.
 
Remedies:
 
  • Check the fuse box/ circuit breaker.
  • If the heater repeatedly blows fuses call an electrician.
  • Push the reset button.
  • Test the heating thermostats and elements.
  • Test the thermostats and replace if necessary.
  • Test the elements and replace if necessary.
  • Drain and flush the tank and pipes.
 
The hot water supply is too low.
 
Check for:
  • Thermostat is set wrong.
  • The tank is too small.
  • Heat is getting loose in the pipes.
  • Defective heating element.
  • Leaking hot water faucets.
 
Remedies:
 
  • Turn the thermostat to a higher temperature.
  • Install a larger heater.
  • Move the heater nearer to the point of use if possible.
  • Insulate the hot water pipes.
  • Test the element then replace it.
  • Repair or replace the faucets.
 
The water temperature is too high.
 
Check for:
 
  • Thermostat is on the wrong setting.
  • Inadequate insulation around the thermostats.
 
Remedies:
 
  • Turn up the thermostat.
  • Add insulation around the thermostats.
  • Test the thermostat and replace if necessary.
 
There is a water leak.
 
Check for:
 
  • Defective gasket or seal on the element.
  • Defective safety valve.
  • The tank is rusted through.
  • Leaking plumbing connections.
 
Remedies:
 
  • Check and replace gasket or seal.
  • Check and replace the safety valve.
  • Buy a new water heater.
  • Call a qualified contractor.
 
The heater becomes unusually noisy.
 
Check for:
 
  • Accumulation of rust, scale or sediment in the tank.
  • Scale has formed on the elements.
 
Remedies:
 
  • Drain the tank and flush it out.
  • Remove the elements, soak with vinegar and then scrape off the scale.
 
Your hot water pipe is rusty or discolored.
 
Check for:
 
  • Accumulation of rust or sediment in the tank.
  • Scale has formed on the elements.
  • Corroded water pipe.
 
Remedies:
 
  • Drain the tank.
  • Remove the elements, soak them in vinegar and then scrape off the scale.
  • Have a plumber replace the pipes.

Home Plumbing System

A basic Home Plumbing System consists of a network of pipes responsible for supply, distribution and drain of water to and from various fixtures at House. If we have to classify various units of the system it can be categorized under following two heads:-•
 
 Fresh Water Supply System:-
 
Fresh water is supplied and then distributed to various plumbing fixtures, faucets and appliances in the house through a network of valves & pipes which may be a Plastic or GI pipe depending on application starting from 25mm thickness. Further to this – there is a separate network of pipes from direct supply for cold water needs, where as for hot water needs, the direct supply is required to deliver the water first to the water heater with a thermostat to maintain the temperature. From water heater, water with controlled temperature is then distributed to all fixtures and faucets in the house.• Waste Water Drain System: -This system carries the waste water of the house from faucets, bathtubs, sinks, washing machine, dish washer through drain pipes to the sewer line or the septic tank. This is also called Drain Waste Vent System. The network of such pipes is generally concealed inside the walls, below the floors. In such a scenario it is important to check the system consciously on regular intervals for any blockages so that clogged drains  can be cleared as and when detected. Even if no blockages are found in the system- it is advised to set a schedule for periodic drain cleaning as well as preventive maintenance.

Types of Plumbing Fixtures and Repairs Associated With It
 
Water Lines:-
 
Being the network of pipes responsible for carrying fresh water to all the faucets and fixtures of the house I have already mentioned somewhere in the beginning of this post- this is the most important part of the home plumbing leaks plumbing system to be checked for repairs periodically. If not checked regularly problems like p or water blockage may occur leading to either slow supply of water or wastage of water through leaks. The important point to be noted that issues related to plumbing leaks will not be limited to just increase in water bills, but it may damage your walls with moisture. To know more you can refer this post related to ‘plumbing leaks and repair’.
 
Sump Pump:
 
-It is used to clear the accumulated water may be in your basement or at any other place to proper drains. They may stop working due to accumulation of debris, leaving collected water damaging your basement. The only solution for a problem in sump pump is preventive maintenance and checking it regularly
 
.Kitchen, Bathroom, Bathtub and other types of Drain:-
 
The problems related to it can be of clogged drain preventing waste water to go to the public sewer of septic tanks. There are various drain and sewer cleaning methods can be referred to in a separate post on this blog.
Leaky Faucets:-
 
A leaky faucets can not only waste a lot of water draining out without getting used, before you realize it, but also can increase of water bills multifold. Most of the times, solution to repair this type of plumbing problem lies in the washer. Which may be worn out to wear and tear. If replacing a washer do not solve the problem of leaky faucets, chances are that the faucet is a washer less faucet and problem may be solved by replacing its O-ring.
 

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SEWAGE EJECTOR PUMPS, DRAINS, DRAIN CLEANING, DRAIN REPAIR, WATER REPAIR, LEAKS, CLOGS, TOILET CLOGS 
 
 
Plumbing for the average home includes a water supply system and a drain-waste-vent (DWV) system. The combined system is basically a loop of sorts. Understanding a bit more about how the system works will help you to maintain your plumbing and detect problems.
 
The Water Supply System
 
Clean water comes into the home via a main supply line from either a well or municipal water supply. Town or city supplied water is metered. The main supply branch then spits to connect with the water heater. A hot water supply line, originating at the water heater, then runs in tandem with the cold water supply line. These lines supply fresh water to appliances, like washers, dishwashers, water heaters and softeners, and fixtures, like bathtubs, sinks, laundry tubs, toilets and showers, throughout the home.
 
Valves and faucets regulate the water being supplied to appliances and fixtures. The seals and moving parts on these faucets and valves need to be replaced or repaired from time to time due to normal wear and tear. 
 
Because the water supply system is pressurized the supply pipes need to withstand high pressures. The diameters of supply pipes are small, generally 1/2" to 1". They need to be properly joined with durable, watertight fittings. These hot and cold water supply pipes run concurrently below the floor joists or inside a building's walls.  
 
Plumbing leaks often occur in the water supply line because it is pressurized. A professional plumber will be needed to locate and correct any leaks. Unattended leaks will cause extensive damage to your home. Do not ignore such leaks.  
 
The Drain-Waste-Vent (DWV) System
 
 Waste water leaves the house through a drain system. Waste water from fixtures must first pass through a trap located near a drain opening. A trap, also called a P-trap, is a U-shaped pipe piece that "traps" or holds water. It is this standing water that prevents gases and odor from sewer waste from infiltrating the home. The standing water is replaced with fresh water every time the drain is used.
 
  Gravity works to move waste water out of the home. Vent pipes are attached to drain pipes to allow the system to gas off and to take in fresh air. Air from the vent pipes prevents a suction from occurring in the drain pipes. Without proper venting a drain system would not flow freely and would stop draining water and waste. The vent pipes connect to a main vent stack that extends through a roof vent. The main waste stack carries all waste water down to a sewer line. The sewer line leave the home near the foundation and connects with a private septic system or to a municipal sewer.
 
 Drain pipes are wider in diameter than water supply pipes to allow waste to easily flow through. Typically, they are from 1 1/4" to 4" in diameter. There are soil pipes which carry fecal matter and urine, and there are waste pipes that remove waste water without soil. Soil stacks and vent stacks are vertical pipes. The difference being that soil stacks carrying away soil and vent stacks never carry soil, but release air. 
 
Professional Plumbing Contractors
 
 Do you need to plan and map your plumbing system for your new home or new bathroom project? Or, do you need to replace old deteriorating pipes? Get help from professional plumbing contractors that are experienced, talented and familiar with local plumbing codes. Our plumbing contractors can help you get the job done right!
 
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Unclog a Bathroom Bathtub Drain

 Delta tub drain which is one of the most popular drains that our plumbers install. If you have an older home you might need to use a different method to remove the pop up drain assembly. One of the best recommendations that we can make to prevent clogs in your drain is to install a hair catcher to sit on top of your bathtub drain. This will prevent minor blockages in the bathtub p-trap and could also reduce the risk of a major blockage in your main sewer.
 
 
J Downs Plumbing is a licensed Plumbing contractor. We specialize in residential plumbing service and repair including water heaters, new service, and drain cleaning. If you have a plumbing issue please call for fast and friendly service.We are always willing to help out with any plumbing repair that can be handled without having to have one of our plumbers out to your home. Removing the clog from a bathtub drain is one of the most common and easiest repairs that J Downs Plumbing runs into.
 
 
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  • Drain Cleaning & Repairs
  • Drains
  • Clogs 
  • Sump Pump Installation & Repairs
  • Hot water heater Installation & Repairs
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Save More Water and Energy in the Winter

As the heating season approaches savvy homeowners begin cooking up their schemes to roll back energy costs this winter. What many homeowners do not give much consideration to – often until a problem arises – is the conservation of water throughout the winter. Both are important, if for different reasons. J. Downs Plumbing has some information to share with you about how you can improve both your energy efficiency and water conservation this winter. Cut down on the amount of resources you use and watch the saving begin to add up this heating season.
Some of the most effective ways to save energy during the winter months are also the simplest. Did you know that you can reverse the rotation of your ceiling fans? Flip a switch on the fixture and keep them going clockwise. This is generally the winter setting and it forces heated air back down to the living space from the ceiling. You can also buy shrink-wrap and weather-stripping to winterize your doors and windows. Keeping the heat inside your home is one of the most basic ways to reduce heating costs during the winter. Of course the best way you can keep your home heating system as efficiently as possible is to schedule regular, professional maintenance. When your heating system is operating effectively, efficiency soon follows.
Saving water during the winter is a bit different. Some water saving methods are automatic in the winter, such as cutting down on the water you use to maintain your lawn. This is much more of a spring or summertime concern. One thing people tend to do in the winter is spend more time in a nice, hot shower. It may be a nice respite when you get back from the cold outdoors, but remember that you are paying for that water just like always. The biggest water waste concern in the winter is the freezing of your pipes. Make sure that they are properly insulated and, if you are going away, be sure to drain them to prevent bursting. A burst pipe, as you can imagine, is a pretty serious way to waste water.
For more information about cutting costs and increasing water and energy efficiency in Olympia, WA this winter contact J. Downs Plumbing. Let us help you improve your comfort while retaining more of your budget. Schedule service

Factors To Consider While Hiring A Plumbing Contractor

 
 
 
              Factors To Consider While Hiring A Plumbing Contractor
 
 
If you have a “home sweet home”, you know that things can go wrong any moment and so it’s very important to be prepared. When it comes to plumbing problems, leave the job in the hands of the professionals.
 
Homeowners usually experienced plumbing problems very often, specifically people who live in small apartments and old residential buildings.
 
Though, if it’s small leakage in your tap or perhaps you want to replace the old tap with a new one, one can do it on their own but when it’s a complex plumbing issue or installation of a boiling system or sanitary ware, it’s advisable to hire a professional plumbing contractor for the task.
 
So, if you are looking for a plumbing professional to get your work done properly, you must consider certain factors in order to make sure that you have hired the very best person for the job.
 
Budget
 
Are they charging too much? You might sometimes plumbers who charge a huge amount for the services and it is obviously a surprising fact for you. Indeed, a shocking fact. So, no need to be confused and get free estimates from plumber in Aldersho and hire the one who offer the best services within your budget.
 
But, don’t hire a plumber on the basis of budget, because non-professional plumbers or plumbing contractors who are new in business offer the services at low rates. However, you will later regret for hiring them because most of them are very unprofessional and cannot assure you with quality work
 
 Experience 
 
Always hire experienced professionals who have worked on both the domestic and commercial plumbing projects rather than someone who is new in the industry or less work experience. Because, these new professionals don’t have any experience and still in the learning stage and so you can hire them but only at your own risk and cost.
 
Be it for central heating installation or Boiler repair in Browns Mills , always go for Plumber in Browns Mills who are licensed and have huge years of work experience in the industry.
 
Hopefully, with all the important tips in mind, you can now make the right choice for your plumbing problem.
            
                   Factors To Consider While Hiring A Plumbing Contractor