To add to our first post that answers frequently asked questions about plumbing in Sonora Ca we have added more common plumbing questions and the answers to each in this post. If you have further questions please don’t hesitate to call us at 209-352-4294.
Common questions for our Sonora, Ca plumbing repair service
- How long do water heaters last?
The answer to this question depends on the kind of water heater you have, water quality, how much maintenance or repairs have been kept up with, and how much the water heater has been used, but on average tank water heaters last about 10-12 years. If a water softener is being used the life can be expected to be shorter. Keeping up with water heater maintenance and repair can help extend the life of a water heater. Sonora Ca plumbers from Optimized Plumbing and Piping can change anode rods, flush sediment, and adjust temperature to make sure your water heater lasts as long as possible. The lifespan of tankless water heaters can be much longer especially if they have stainless steel heat exchangers. Some of the tankless water heater models offer much better efficiency, and have up to a 15 year warranty on the heat exchanger. Whether you have a tank, or tankless water heater it is always best to keep up on maintenance, and to replace the water heater before it becomes an emergency. This will give you a chance to pick the best water heater for your needs, and not just what is on hand locally. To read more about water heater maintenance and repair check out these posts http://optimizedpiping.com/blog/water-heater-maintenance-tips-1/ http://optimizedpiping.com/blog/water-heater-maintenance-tips/ To read more about new water heater options check out this blog post http://optimizedpiping.com/blog/waterheater/
- When should I replace faucets?
Most people choose to replace faucets when they develop leaks, and are in bad repair, but don’t forget the value that having new plumbing fixtures add to your home. A new sink and faucet can help make the whole bathroom or kitchen look updated, and can come with features that are a real bonus like lower water usage than old faucets, or even features like motion sensors that turn water on without even touching the faucet. These are an excellent choice if you don’t want to touch the faucet with dirty hands to turn the water on, and then touch the same dirty faucet to turn the water off. The water can even be set to come out at a certain temperature.
- When should a toilet be replaced?
Toilets can last a long time especially when parts are replaced inside of the tank, but new toilets can actually flush better with less water. This can lower your water bill and prevent the hassle of a clogged toilet. Many of the new models do this by increasing the size of the trap way, and glazing it so solids move through more easily. A pressure assist toilet is another option in new toilets, which uses pressurized water to wash down what is in the bowl. Many new toilets are ordered as comfort height with an elongated bowl which is around 17″ high depending on the brand. Sometimes the most value of a new toilet is the way it makes the rest of the room look so even if your toilets still works, or isn’t leaking yet it might be a good decision to replace it before it does.
- What can I do to prevent damage from water leaks, or burst pipes in my home or vacation cabin?
Flood stop valves are a good choice for many homes. Our plumbers from Sonora Ca can install a flood stop valve for one appliance, or fixture, or for the whole house. A flood stop system works by placing water sensors around the home where water would go if there was a leak. If water is sensed by one of the sensors it sends a signal to a automatic valve that is installed in the main water line. When the signal is sent the valve closes, and stops water flow to prevent water damage. Some of the systems can even dial you over the phone to alert you to the water leak so water can be cleaned up before mold starts to grow.
For any other questions or information please feel free to contact us at 209-352-4294. We offer 24-7 plumbing service for Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. We are a full service plumbing contractor who is licensed, bonded and insured. Call us for any plumbing problem! To check out our services, and service areas check out the link below.