Monthly Archives: September 2014

Water Heater Repair

Make Sure Your Water Heater is in Tip-Top Shape

When it comes to water heater maintenance, one can never underestimate its importance. Homeowners should make sure their supply of hot water remains optimal, especially with winter fast approaching. Nobody likes to be stuck taking cold showers during the chilly monthsWater Heater Repair after all. Oftentimes, a water heater repair service needs to be contacted to fix major problems with water heating installations. But it’s not too difficult for individuals to take steps to ensure their heaters’ functionality before it becomes necessary to call in the professionals. Maintenance also helps to cut down on energy bills. Use these tips to ensure that you’re ready for the cold months ahead:

Wash Out Sentiment Once a Year
When it comes to advice on home maintenance and repair, everyone respects the word of Bob Vila. According to a Vila-approved expert writing on the official Vila website, disposing of the sentiment that builds over time in a water heater tank will improve the heater’s ability to do its job without using excess energy. This requires an annual draining process that may be slightly different depending on the specifics of each individual heater. As an added bonus, getting rid of the sentiment may delay the inevitable need to replace a water heater, which generally occurs every decade or so.

Check The Anode Rod
Once your tank is empty, it’s good practice to give the anode rod a solid once-over to make sure it hasn’t become excessively rusty. The rod – which should be easily spotted in the middle of the tank – functions to absorb the rust that can otherwise damage the interior of the tank. Fortunately, an anode rod that has visibly expired should be relatively cheap and easy to replace.

Make Sure the Temperature Stays Below 120 Degrees
The self-proclaimed D.I.Y. Answer Guy advises his readers to avoid allowing their water heater to get hotter than 120 degrees. Fixing the temperature of gas-powered heaters, the source explains, shouldn’t be more complicated than turning a dial. Electric heaters, however, are a different story. First, the electricity that powers a heater needs to be turned off. Then, individuals should consult their owner’s manual to find out what subsequent steps need to be taken to adjust the temperature of the unit.

However, even if a homeowner keeps up with these tasks and practices, it’s unlikely that any water heater will last more than 15 years. Regular maintenance helps but it will only go so far in preventing the inevitable. When a heater’s time has come to be replaced, it’s smarter to hire a certified plumbing expert to handle installation of your new water heater to ensure that everything is running smoothly before your caught in the cold!

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,20351985,00.html

http://www.diyanswerguy.com/diy-answers/plumbing/two-simple-diy-water-heater-maintenance-tips/

Expert Plumber

Small Town In Need of an Expert Plumber

Without plumbers to attend to matters of drain cleaning, water main breads, and resolving all of our other plumbing-related issues, wouldn’t the world be a rougher place? NPR reports that Jackman, Maine – population 800 – came uncomfortably close to experiencing just such a Expert Plumbernightmare when its longtime town plumber hung up his tool box. For their plumbing needs, citizens of Jackman have had to rely on those working out of the closest adjacent town, which is about 50 miles away.

As a result, Larry and Sheryl Harth – who NPR notes have operated a scholarship fund for high school students since the late ‘90s – have introduced the 2015 Inza and Harry Hughey Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is named after Sheryl Harth’s grandparents, and will contribute $2000 to a student with the smarts and the desire to become Jackman’s new local plumber. Applicants must live in Moose River Valley County and be a student or graduate of Forest Hill High School. The deadline to apply is in March of 2015.

Though a certified electrician lives in the community, and several citizens have a basic understanding of plumbing, none of them are certified to carry out professional plumbing practices. The Harths hope to change that.

“With that, then we have somebody who is established, who knows the town, has a love for the Great [North] Woods,” Larry Harth told the news source. “And we’re hoping that this will entice them with the scholarship moneys.”

The Harths were inspired to form their plumbing scholarship two years ago when finishing construction on their home and they had to hire a plumber who lived too far away for anyone’s practicality.

“Those plumbers [in far-off towns with higher populations] have established businesses that keep them busy,” Sheryl Harth told the source. “It’s understandable that they’d prefer not to make the two-hour round trip to work here for a few hours.”

But with this year’s graduating class at Forest Hill High School consisting only of 12 students, the community doesn’t exactly have the deepest pool of talent for potential new plumbers. However, the high school’s principal told NPR that one avid snowmobiler and certified plumber is in talks to move to Jackman and assume plumbing duties, just in case there aren’t any takers for the scholarship.

We should all be grateful that, rather than having to establish a scholarship fund, we need only contact a local plumber like Captain Plumbing to take care of our plumbing needs.