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October 2013

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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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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