When your water heater is leaking or isn't functioning properly, your local 5 Star Plumbers in Sellersburg, IN will diagnose the issue and make the repairs as necessary. Water heaters are complicated pieces of machinery, but our plumbing experts know what to look for when it comes to water heater malfunctions. If you decide that a failing water heater is a sign to opt for full water heater replacement, we can handle that as well. Newer water heaters are more energy efficient and might save you more money in the long run. Ask us about tankless water heaters and the cost savings you'll see on your utility bill.
Ideally, property owners shouldn't even have to remember they own a sump pump. When your sump pump fails, however, you know it – your basement starts flooding. Don't wait for morning to call your local 5 Star Plumbers. Our emergency plumbing services in Sellersburg, IN include sump pump repairs and water removal to get you back to dry quickly. Prompt action is required. Any standing water can cause expensive damage to your home's structures. Within 24-48 hours, mold begins to grow as well. If your sump pump failed during the last rainstorm or heavy snow melt, you may also want to schedule periodic sump pump inspection and maintenance. Our 5 Star Plumbers will diagnose any existing or potential problems that might keep your sump pump from working at top performance the next time it's needed.
Your water heater (especially if it's electric) definitely influences your electric bill. Electric water heaters are normally 30% of the electric bill. If the water heater is old or you have hardness/poor water quality, it can cause your bill to be much higher than necessary.
It could be because of your water heater. The first thing we do is look at your water heating needs. Then we look to see if the water heater is working properly and delivering the water that it's supposed to. If it is, it may just not be sized properly.
You're standing at the sink, waiting for hot water to come out but it takes practically forever. That's because the hot water has to get from the heater to the faucet. If the water heater is physically located a long distance away from the faucet, it's going to take a long time to get there. There are solutions to this problem. It would probably save you money in the long run to install a recirculation system to keep hot water at the faucet.
We do not recommend hot water to be any hotter than 120 degrees. Anything higher than that temperature could become dangerous for small children or elderly people.
This is something that's definitely variable. It depends on many different factors. For example, water quality and how much the system is used will make a difference on how long it lasts. We typically say that a water heater installed today will last around 8-12 years. That's very different from a water heater that was installed 25 years ago. Things just don't last as long as they used to.
The best way to prevent sump pump failure is with planning and maintenance. It's true that your sump pump could be defective, but more often than not, problems arise due to a lack of maintenance or careless installation.
There are several reasons why your sump pump might be failing, and identifying these problems is key to preventing them. The most common cause of sump pump failure is a power outage. Sump pumps depend on your house for power, and blackouts can be problematic.
There are two ways to deal with this problem. First, it's never a bad idea to have a backup generator in your home, specifically for instances like this. The other, less costly way to prevent sump pump failure during blackouts is to purchase a sump pump battery backup that operates when your power is out. Sump pump battery backups can cost anywhere between $275 and $500 plus labor to install. While the initial cost might not be attractive, they're the best way to prevent basement flooding during a power outage.
Your sump pump might also be failing due to improper installation. Your unit could be too big or small for your house, which makes your pump more prone to failure. Make sure that your pump is the right for your home and the amount of ground water it will need to pump.
You may also have a sump pump switch problem, which is common because the float switch the moving part that gets the most use on a sump pump so it is often the part that wears out first.
Finally, maintenance is key to preventing sump pump failure. If you haven't heard your pump run recently, test it by running a water hose into the sump pit or pouring in a five gallon bucket of water. When the water reaches a predetermined level, the pump should turn itself on, pump out most of the water then turn itself off again. If you have a backup pump, test it a few times each year to determine if it will work in the event of a blackout. And make a note of when the battery is due to be replaced. The backup pump won't work if the battery dies. When testing your pump, make sure the discharge line's airhole is clear. The float switch on the pump shouldn't be restrained so make sure electrical cords aren't tangled around the switch. Finally, remove any gravel in the sump pit and check that the screen that covers the sump pump's water intake is clear of debris.
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