Get to Know Your Water Heater!

Get to Know Your Water Heater!

water-heater-tankHow well do you know your home’s water heater? If you know that it heats up water and that’s about it, there are some more important facts to know, as well as tips for how to best take care of the water heater so it has a long, useful service life.

No, we’re not asking you to become an expert in water heater operation and all the minute details of its construction. And were not asking for you to handle jobs like tank flushing and repairs on your own—which you shouldn’t anyway. The information and tips we have to share are simple, and they can make a big difference for your water heater in Scottsdale, AZ.

Know the type of water heater you have and its energy source

“It’s the round type of water heater” isn’t a sufficient answer on this. There are many types of water heaters now available to consumers, and if you didn’t install the water heater in your house, you may not be aware of some important specifics. See if you have a tank or tankless model (i.e., does the unit store water for use or heat it as needed?). Make sure you know its energy source: natural gas and electricity are the most common, but there are also propane and oil-burning water heaters. You can use the serial number on the tank to find out more information: input it into a search engine browser.

Find out how to shut off the power to the water heater

In case of an emergency, you should know how to turn off the water heater or cut it off from its power supply. A gas water heater will have a valve, and for an electric water heater, determine which breaker switch on the electrical panel you can use to stop voltage flow.

Locate the water heater shut-off valve

Here’s another important emergency precaution. This water flow valve is often on the top of the water heater, and you may need to shut it off if the water heater is leaking. In some cases, turning this valve requires a special tool, which will often hang near the valve. Make certain that you have access to the right tools!

Check the aquastat setting—and know where to keep it

The aquastat is the thermostat for the water heater: it controls the temperature of the water inside. This shouldn’t be a device you manipulate often. We recommend keeping it at 120°F. Please do not raise it above 140°F, since this will create a potential scalding hazard.

Arrange for annual professional maintenance

The best care for your water heater comes from professionals. Each year, schedule a time for the pros to come to your house to inspect and clean the water heater, including a tank flush if necessary.

Have an emergency plumber’s number handy

In case of emergency, know who you can call—us! We have emergency repair service available. When you run into trouble, shut off the power to the water heater (and the water flow if there are leaks) and call the Trusted Plumber!

Call us for any water heater service you need. The Trusted Plumber serves Glendale, AZ and the surrounding areas.

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Common Myths About Your Bathroom Drain

It’s important that we talk about common myths and misconceptions on our blog. Not just because we like to brag about our plumbing expertise, but because time and time again homeowners are looped into thinking something about their drain that really isn’t true. The more you believe in myths instead of science in regards to your plumbing, the more likely you are to run into expensive problems that we end up having to fix.

When you take the time to educate yourself about bathroom plumbing in Essex County, it really shows. Drains that last longer and clog less can be the result of homeowners who really understand how they work and do their due diligence to contact a plumber when it matters.

So, let’s talk about some myths that surround our plumbing systems and discuss some possible solutions to the problems associated with them. If you’re not satisfied with the information on this blog, make sure you call us for our professional opinion!

Myth #1: Chemical Drain Cleaners Work

If you headed to the grocery store right now, you’d probably see a whole aisle full of chemical drain cleaners. While this may make you feel like they’re a plausible solution to your drain clogging problem, there’s a more sinister reality at play. Chemical drain cleaners might technically work, but when we say work, take that with a very large grain of salt. They actually eat away at the materials that line your plumbing system while they get at clogging material. Not only that, but sometimes they don’t work, and you end up dealing with the fumes, chemical burns, and a ruined plumbing system as a result.

We’re more concerned with discussing plumbing solutions that are tried and tested to work every time. Put that drain cleaner back on the shelf and call us for some healthier options.

Myth #2: A Slow Drain Is Fine

Many of us deal with slow drains at home which can be frustrating. What’s more frustrating is the myth that slow drains are just normal, and you’re going to have drains that operate slowly forever. This is not the case!

Slow drains usually indicate that a clog is forming. Honestly, slow drains can be a great sign to heed, because they allow you time to call a professional plumber to arrive and deal with it before it becomes an actual clog.

Myth #3: Only Call a Plumber as a Last Resort

Far too many times do we arrive at a home to be the last resort. While we’re always happy to help a struggling customer, proactive solutions are always better than reactive ones. If you’re unhappy with the way your drains work, or with a clog that’s forming in your pipes, you can always call us. A plumber doesn’t have to be the solution that comes after you’ve tried everything else—sometimes calling a professional plumber is a quick and simple solution that you know will work.

Give Us a Call

Are you having trouble with your plumbing system? Perhaps you’ve got a slow drain or a clog that’s forming in your bathroom plumbing? Call our team today for expert drain cleaning services.

Call MarGo Plumbing Heating Cooling Inc. for expert plumbing services.

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What You Can Do in an Emergency Plumbing Situation

woman-screaming-in-showerSomething has gone terribly wrong with your plumbing system and you’re scrambling… it seems like your home is bursting at the seams and you just don’t know what to do. First things first—don’t panic! Panicking is what’s going to make a situation that’s already heading south downright catastrophic. The first thing that you want to do is call an emergency plumber in Orlando, FL. After this, there are a few things that you can do the ensure that your plumbing system doesn’t ruin your home while you wait for the aid of a plumbing professional.

What You Can Do

Here are a few things you can do if you find yourself in the midst of a plumbing emergency. We want to make this clear—although we are suggesting that you do a couple of things to mitigate the situation while you wait for a professional to come to the rescue, we’re never suggesting that you take it to the point of a DIY effort. Here are a few things you can do:

Turn It Off

If things are really bad and your home is spurting out water where it definitely shouldn’t, you’re going to need to turn off your water system at its source. The water source that you need to run to depends on what’s going wrong in your home. If something is going wrong with your toilet, you can shut off the valve at the base of the unit. If things are a little more intense and affecting multiple parts of your home, you can shut off the main water valve to eliminate the issues that are happening.

Do What You Can with the Leaks

Let’s say things are a little less intense but you know they’re going to get worse if you let things continue on unmitigated. You can do a little something to patch up the leaks that you have going on. If you have some tape or some paste sitting around, then it might be a great idea for you to grab these items and patch up the spots being affected. This isn’t a long-term solution. Even if you do a great job and you think that you’ve solved the problem, still make sure that you come to a professional to finish up the job and give you a great plumbing system long-term.

Phone a Friend(ly Plumbing Technician)

When in doubt, call a plumber. This should be the first thing you do as soon as you notice a plumbing problem, but let’s say that the specific problem that you’re having increases in severity while you’re waiting for help to arrive… what can you do? Call again!

One of our helpful plumbers can talk you through the process. Remember, we’re professionals so we’ve seen it all. We know how to handle high-stress situations because we’ve been in them so many times. We’ll help you stop the problem and make sure that your problems never get too severe.

Contact Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. to schedule an appointment with our professionals. Proudly Serving Central Florida Since 1975.

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Why Do Leaks Start in Pipes?

Leaking-PipeLeaky pipes are more common than people often think. In fact, your home may have multiple small leaks right now that you’re not aware of. If you think your water usage is higher than it should be, that’s often a warning of these disguised leaks.

But some leaks are obvious, such as when water starts to spray out through the wall or from a fixture. You’ll need plumbing repair in Peoria, AZ from our licensed plumbers to fix these problems. Don’t wait! Although you can shut off the water main to prevent further damage from a pipe leak, you want the issue fixed as soon as possible to stop further damage, as well as to get your water flowing again.

But Why Do I Even Have Leaks in the First Place?

There are a number of reasons for pipe leaks, and not all are under your control. This is why it’s a good idea to stay vigilant for any signs of leaking. Below are the most common sources for leaking in your plumbing.

  • Corrosion: Corrosion affects most metals, given enough time. If your home still has cast iron or galvanized steel pipes in the plumbing, there’s a good chance corrosion has already taken hold somewhere. However, copper pipes can corrode as well. Copper is corrosion-resistant, not corrosion-proof. A specific type of corrosion caused by reaction with chemicals found in the air of many households can create pinhole leaks across copper lines.
  • High water pressure: No one likes low water pressure, but the opposite is just as bad. Leaks that start and stop at different times of the day, depending on how many taps are in use, are often a warning that high water pressure is at fault. High water pressure can damage your plumbing in other ways, so it’s best to get it under control with the help of a professional plumber. We can install a pressure regulator to reduce the pressure of the water entering your house.
  • Worn parts: Washers and joints in pipes often wear down before the rest of the pipe does, leading to small leaks. This is the most common cause for the dripping faucet.
  • Cracks: Yes, cracks can form in your pipes over time. People often associate this with burst pipes from freezing—not a problem we have in Arizona—but age and water pressure can cause cracks to start to appear along pipe surfaces. And where you notice one cracked pipe, there are probably more in the house. You’ll want professional plumbers on the job right away.

Our plumbers can take care of not only fixing the leaks in your house, but also tracking down ones hidden behind walls and in ceilings. If you have extremely old plumbing (iron or steel pipes), we strongly recommend you have partial or whole-house repiping done. It will save you many headaches and possibly severe water damage in the future. We’ll put in new copper and plastic pipes to give your plumbing system a second lease on life.

The Trusted Plumber is here to help with your plumbing repair needs. Call us anytime—we have emergency service available.

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What’s Considered a “Plumbing Emergency?”

frustrated-customerSometimes it seems like you can’t really define what a plumbing emergency is. Really, everything that’s going on with your plumbing system can feel like an emergency because there’s always water damage lurking as a consequence. Other times, you might think that something you’re experiencing is pretty slight, but a plumbing professional informs you that it’s classified as an emergency. How can you tell the difference? Well, you can start by getting informed.

We’re going to start with the basics today in this blog. If you need any extra help, just make sure that you come to us for your emergency plumbing in Orlando, FL. We’re always going to make sure to have your back. We’re the best people to have in your corner when you want amazing work.

This is a Plumbing Emergency

So let’s get to the details here. Here are a few things that are considered a plumbing emergency. Make sure you contact us if this is going on in your home.

1.      You Don’t Have Water

Has your home just dried up out of nowhere? This is a problem. You really can’t operate in your home without a working plumbing system. If this is something that you’re dealing with, just make sure that you come to us with the work you need.

2.      You Have a Burst Pipe

Pipe bursts aren’t always so common here in Orlando because we don’t live in the type of cold weather climate that often causes these problems. Just because they aren’t all that common doesn’t mean that they don’t happen though. If you find this happening in your home, don’t scramble, and try to fix it on your own, just call up one of our plumbers for emergency work.

3.      There’s a Significant Risk of Water Damage

Do you have a problem like a back-up or an issue with your water valve? This is something that’s going to put your home at risk of flooding in the worst-case scenario but will create a risk water damage at the very least. You need to get in contact with a professional ASAP to alleviate a problem like this.

4.      Your Sewer System is All Messed Up

Having a backed-up sewer system is unpleasant because of the stench, but also because it’s a problem that can get out of hand fast. If you notice that something is wrong because you’ve got a soggy backyard or a lingering stench about your home, make sure that you call our professionals.

5.      You’ve Got a Clog

Is there a clog going on in your bathtub, sink, or any other part of your home? This is something that you’re going to want to take care of urgently. Sometimes, we understand that homeowners brush off these clogs if it’s in a low priority area. Don’t fall into this trap. One clog can affect the rest of your plumbing system. We’re here to fix the issues fast.

Contact Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. today for the work that you need. We’ve got your back with whatever plumbing emergency you’re having.

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What Dust Can Do to Your AC

Air conditioners function by cooling your air, not the objects in your home. This means you can’t expect peak efficiency and effectiveness from an air conditioner that’s trying to cool air rife with dust. Dust can be a huge detriment to the cooling process, and even though your air conditioner is set up in a way to deal with some of it, you’re going to have to help it.

Today, we’re going to talk about what dust can do to mess up the cooling process in your home. We’ll go into detail about what tools your system has to protect it from dust, and what you can do to help fight against contaminants in your air that are damaging your system. If you start to encounter problems from dust and debris in the air, make sure you call our team for AC repair in Cedar Grove, NJ.

What’s the Problem?

Dust is a natural part of our indoor air, but it can become problematic for air conditioners. The evaporator and condenser coils of our AC systems need constant direct contact with the air that they cool, and when dust floods into the system from your home, the particles stick to the coil and end up damaging it. This damage is irreversible and is supposed to be mitigated throughout the lifespan of your system, so it’s a good idea to play the prevention game rather than the repair game.

Thankfully, our air conditioners are set up with a defense mechanism that usually goes unnoticed. In the return air vent, there’s an air filter that is supposed to be replaced every 1-3 months while using the system. This air filter can be a huge help when trying to mitigate dust and debris from harming the coils of your air conditioning system!

What Can You Do?

There are three main things a homeowner can do to mitigate the problems caused by dust and make your air conditioner happier for it. Take a look below and remember to call us when you’ve got an idea of what you want.

  • Replace the air filter. The air filter in your air conditioner is the first line of defense against dust. By replacing it regularly and treating it the way it should be treated, you can avoid a ton of problems in the future.
  • Purchase an air filtration system. Some homes are just exceptionally dustier than others, and that’s okay! If you need a little bit more help, you can always have an air filtration system installed to filter out even more dust and debris to keep your HVAC system healthy.
  • Schedule maintenance. By scheduling maintenance, you can get a trained professional to take a thorough look at the coils of your air conditioner. If they’ve been damaged by dust, a pro can tell you what steps to take and how bad the damage is. Not to mention there are many other benefits to maintenance, from minor repairs and adjustments, to warnings about imminent repairs.

If you’re tired of dealing with dust, call the team at MarGo Plumbing Heating Cooling Inc.

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Why Are My Drains Gurgling?

Do you know that a gurgling drain is not a normal occurrence? It’s true—optimally functioning plumbing systems should not gurgle. If you hear gurgling noises, it means that there is something wrong within the plumbing; and if gurgling is happening frequently, then you should start investigating before you have to deal with more extensive plumbing problems.

Do not ignore those gurgling drains any longer. Here is everything you need to know about noisy drains, including how to diagnose the issue and troubleshooting tips:


Why Do Drains Gurgle?

There are multiple causes behind gurgling drains, depending on the location and what is happening when hear the gurgling. Taking note of these instances will help you diagnose the problem, though. To begin, gurgling is is the result of something that prevents air or water from flowing through the drains. As water begins to travel along the pipe, air bubbles form, and that is the result of the gurgling or blub blub or any other sound.


So, in short, gurgling is caused by a partial blockage within a pipe.


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Diagnosing Gurgling and Other Noises Coming From Drains

Anything connected to your plumbing system could gurgle, be it the bathroom or kitchen sink, the toilet, the shower, or even appliances like the washing machine and dishwasher.


Blocked Drains

There are two kinds of blockages—partial and complete—but only one will actually cause a gurgle in your drains.


Partial Blockage

A partial blockage means your drains are halfway or almost completely blocked, allowing only a small amount of air and water to trickle past. Depending on the location of the partial blockage, the steps you take to resolve the situation differ. However, you can begin the process by using an environmentally safe drain cleaner that doesn’t use harsh chemicals or something like vinegar and baking soda to break down the blockage.


Complete Blockage

If you fail to fix a partial blockage, your drain will eventually be completely blocked. This can cause water to backflow into your sink or toilet or shower/tub instead of draining out.


Here are some causes of a complete blockage:


  • Dirt
  • Dead skin
  • Soap, shampoo and conditioner residue
  • Oils, grease, and other debris from cooking
  • Toilet paper
  • Hair
  • Small objects or toys that are accidentally sucked down the drain


If multiple drains are gurgling all at once, it typically means that the sewer line is blocked. In that case, you may need a professional plumber to inspect the pipes.


Blocked Vent System

If you hear the kitchen sink gurgling as the washing machine runs, it could be a sign that there is a block plumbing vent. These vents help air pass from the drains and reduce the risk of disrupted water flow. Drain and sewer vents are connected to every fixture in your home. Unfortunately, if the vent pipe is clogged, the plumbing system cannot operate.


Here are some ways to figure out if the vent system is blocked:


  • Smelling foul odors coming from the drain
  • Noting the slow speed of draining water
  • Gurgling drains
  • Checking the roof—where plumbing vents are located—for any damage or debris near the vent. Sometimes, birds could build a nest in the vent, so you may have to clear it out.


If you smell anything noxious, call a plumber immediately. The situation can become hazardous to you and your family. Most often, vent pipes are cleaned with a drain auger.


Blocked Sewer Line

As mentioned earlier, sometimes it is not the drain line itself but the sewer line that is congested that causes multiple drains to make noise. The gurgling will usually happen when a large amount of water is leaving the household and traveling down the sewer line or into the septic tank. Since this is the main outlet, the air that travels back through the system could affect every drain close to the sewer line.


Causes of blocked sewer lines include:


  • Broken pipes
  • Tree and plant roots
  • Clogs caused by certain items, such as tissues, paper towels, floss, Q-tips, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, diapers, and so on


Tree roots are bound to invade sewer lines, especially those that have been underground for some time. The roots search for moisture and will work into the nooks and crannies of older sewer lines to reach the water. When this happens, extensive repairs and replacements may be necessary.


Next, bathroom products. Many clogged sewer lines are caused by products not meant to be flushed. Ever. These items do not disintegrate in water or can even transform into sticky goop or expand and harden.


Blocked or Damaged P-Trap

A P-Trap is a specially designed piece of pipe that protects your house from the fumes that rise from the ewer system. Since these fumes can be hazardous to your health, you want to avoid them. Unfortunately, if there are blockages in the P-Trap, this means they will not function properly.


Sniff out the potentially blocked or damaged P-Trap. Flush a toilet or run some water to see if you smell anything. Since P-Traps can be under the sink or in a bathtub or work for the whole house, you should call a plumber to do the job.


Stop That Gurgling Drain Today

A gurgling drain is not something to be ignored. It is a sign that points to a potentially extensive and expensive repair, especially if one day that gurgling suddenly stops and is replaced with a flood. Now that you know the signs and causes of gurgling drains, start looking for the cause or call a professional plumber to help. Sometimes, the issue can be resolved swiftly, while other times might need a more experienced hand.

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