Research shows that homeowners, depending on the age of their home, will call a plumber once every three years! To some this may seem like a lot, but to others they might get a visit from a plumber every year.
There are many different types of plumbing problems, but we’re always asked “is this a common problem?” Though we’ve seen a wide variety of plumbing problems from big to small, we generated a list of what our technicians most commonly see in the homes they service.
- Dripping Faucets: Let’s face it, we’ve all had a dripping faucet in our home and have probably ignored it for a while! That dripping faucet not only wastes water, it wastes money on your water bill.
- Leaky Pipes: While we see a lot of leaking pipes during the cold winter months, it’s also very common year-round! Most pipes will begin to leak near the joints, so keep an eye out for wet spots on the ground or ceiling. Water damage to your home can be quite costly, so leaky pipes are a necessity to fix right away.
- Running Toilets: Did you know that a running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons per day? That’s a lot of water waste! Check out this blog to understand why this internal water leak can be costly to your home.
- Low Water Pressure: A lot of older homes will experience low water pressure, but you may be asking why? It could be time for a new showerhead or you could have a hidden leak in your home. However, those are just a few of the many reasons for low water pressure.
- Leaking Hose Bibb: A leaking hose bibb is very common in the spring and summer. After a long, cold winter many hose bibbs that aren’t protected can crack and begin to leak. Monsieur Drain advises our customers invest in a frost-proof hose bibb, which can reduce the chances of having future leaks.
- Slow Or Clogged Drains: Monsieur Drain expert technicians warn customers to stay away from any type of over-the-counter drain cleaner! Instead, give us a call to clear the slow or clogged drain. In the meantime, follow these maintenance tips to keep your drains moving smoothly.
- Sump Pump Failure: A prolonged period of heavy rain can cause your sump pump to fail. Protect your home and belongings with these sump pump tips.
Water Header Repair and Installation
Water heater repair and installation.
A properly functioning water heater is essential for washing clothes, dishes, and yourself. If your water heater starts malfunctioning, you’ll know about it very quickly. The best thing you can do is hire a professional plumber to examine your water heater and perform repairs. If your water heater is beyond repair, or if repairs are too expensive, you’ll need to install a new unit. Whether you need water heater repair or installation, Monsieur Drain would be honored to serve you.
Signs It’s Time to Get a New Water Heater
If your water heater is younger than 10 years old, it’s probably worth repairing. If it’s more than 10 years old and presents the following symptoms, however, it’s time to consider a new unit.
- Tank Leak: Your water heater’s tank will eventually fail, causing water to leak everywhere. Tank leaks can cause serious water damage, and are usually not worth repairing.
- Discolored Water: Sediment will accumulate inside your water heater over time. You may eventually notice rusty or otherwise discolored water coming through your fixtures.
- Temperature Problems: The whole point of having a water heater is so you can enjoy hot water any time you want. If your water is tepid or even cold, something is seriously wrong. If the problem isn’t caused by a tripped circuit, you may need to replace your water heater.
Types of Water Heaters to Consider
There are two main types of water heaters to choose from. If you’re having trouble deciding which model is best for your needs, let us help you sort through your options and install the new model for you.
- Conventional Water Heater: A conventional water heater takes in water from the main water supply and stores it in a large tank. Though the water is kept at a consistently hot temperature, it takes a while for hot water to be replenished during periods of heavy use.
- Tankless Water Heater: A tankless water heater takes in cold water and heats it whenever hot water is called for. Since tankless water heaters don’t need to keep the water hot at all times, they’re much more energy efficient than conventional models.
Replacing your old water heater with a tankless model is a great way to reduce your energy bills and do good for the environment. If you need water heater repair or installation, don’t hesitate to call us.