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Signs Your Water Heater Needs Replaced

Signs Your Water Heater Needs Replaced

Water heaters are designed to last a set period of time before they need replaced. For most of us, we tend to take a “wait-and-see” approach to our water heaters,after continuing to run the heater on borrowed time, past its useful life cycle. Eventually, we will come home to discover water dripping or running out of the bottom of the heater, across the basement floor or other area of the home where the water heater is installed. Then, we scramble around trying to get it replaced so we do not have to go without hot water.

 

Signs Your Water Heater Needs Replaced

Sign #1

The first sign it might be time to replace your water heater is its age. Most traditional gas and electric water heaters last around ten years, or so. If your water heater is more than ten years old, you are now on “borrowed time,” so need to start seriously thinking about a replacement.

 

To find out how old your water heater is, you will need to look on the outside of the tank for the model number, serial number, and manufacturer date. Most manufacturer’s but a sticker somewhere along the upper section of the water heater with this information. Once you have it, if you have problem deciphering the manufacture date code, contact your Mississauga plumber for assistance.

 

Sign #2

Your water heater is making weird noises, like there is rocks inside rolling around. Over time, sediment within the heater will harden. When the heater has reached this point in its life, it is an indication it needs to be replaced as the hardened material will cause a loss of energy efficiency and can cause internal damage leading to leaks and cracks in the tank.

 

Sign #3

You notice rust-coloured water coming out of your faucets. Rust in the water could come from several sources, including galvanized pipes and well water. To determine if it is the water tank, run only cold water to see if it is clear or rusty. Next, run only hot water. You can also drain out several gallons of water out of the water heater directly. You should drain around ten to fifteen gallons out. Once you reach this amount of water, if it is still rusty, then more than likely your water heater has rusted from the inside and it will only be a short time before it starts leaking.

 

Sign #4

You start to notice water pooling underneath and around the water tank. This often indicates the tank has a leak in one or more areas. At this point, it is best to call a professional plumber to determine whether the leak can be fixed, if your tank is less than ten years old, or if you need to replace the water tank.

 

For further questions about water heater repairs and replacements or to schedule service, please feel free to schedule an appointment with one of our Mississauga plumbers, here at My Precise Plumbing, by calling (647) 878-9293 today!

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Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Before you know it, another cold winter will soon be upon us. Now is the time to start winterizing your home to protect from the long cold days ahead. Not taking the time to prepare your home can lead to costly repairs down the road, like frozen and burst water pipes. In fact, one of the leading causes of wintertime damage to homes is from water damage from a burst pipe.

To avoid costly damage to your home, the Mississauga professional plumbers at My Precise Plumbing offer these valuable tips and suggestions to prepare your home for winter:

  1. Verify your basement is properly waterproofed. Wet and damp basements can turn into bigger problems if cracks in the home’s foundation develop and become bigger. These same small openings can also allow freezing air into the home and cause pipes to freeze.
  2. Have exposed interior pipes wrapped in insulating materials. Whether under your home in a crawl space or your basement, wrapping exposed pipes provides an added layer of protection from cold temperatures.
  3. Shut off outdoor faucets and cover. Outside water faucets should be turned off, the water drained out of the line, and covered. Covering the faucets helps prevent the transfer of cold down the water line and into the home. Draining the water from the line will prevent the pipes from freezing.
  4. Verify exterior plumbing from wells is protected. If you have a well, take the time to inspect the pipes that run from the well into your home. Above ground pipes need to be properly wrapped and insulated. Below ground pipes should be buried at the proper depth to prevent freezing.
  5. Shut down your AC and prepare your furnace. Test your furnace now to make sure it is functioning correctly. You should also inspect and replace air filters and remember to turn your humidifier to the winter setting if it has been shut off throughout the summer.
  6. Check for air leaks around windows and doors. If you notice areas around windows or doors where you can sunlight coming in or feel air drafts, you need to seal these up using an appropriate winterization door or window kit.
  7. Clean leaves and debris out of eaves and gutters. Wet, damp leaves, combined with heavy snow falls can cause your eaves and gutters to become over-weighted and be pulled off the home. In addition, improper draining eaves and gutters and cause water to get under shingles and siding, where it can freeze and lead to even bigger problems.
  8. Have your hot water heater serviced. It is beneficial to have your hot water heater serviced to verify it is operating correctly. You should also consider getting the heater wrapped in an approved insulated “blanket” to help prevent heat loss and improve its efficiency.

For assistance with all of your plumbing winterization and waterproofing preparations Mississauga, please feel free to call My Precise Plumbing at 647-878-9293 today!

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Common Causes for a Dripping Faucet

A dripping faucet can be rather annoying as you sit and hear the drip, drip, drip sound of water drops hitting the bottom of the sink. Besides being an annoyance, dripping faucets waste water and increases monthly water bills.

There can be several reasons why your faucet is dripping including:

  • Age of the Faucet – Over time, the hardware within the faucet can simply wear out due to age and not operate correctly.
  • Worn Out O-Rings – O-rings are a small discs, normally attached to a screw on faucets with turning knobs. O-rings can become loose or wear out and allow small amounts of water to pass through and drip into the sink.
  • Defective Washers – Most washers are made of rubber and are found inside the spout piece on most faucets. The washer helps seal the faucet when the valve seat is closed and stop leaks.
  • Worn out Valve Seat – The valve seat is a moveable component that opens and closes against the washer. Hard water mineral deposits and corrosion can cause the valve seat to wear out.
  • Wrong Size Faucet Washer – While a rare occurrence, sometimes faucet manufacturers do make mistakes and could use the wrong size washer in the faucet. If the washer is too big or too small it can leak.
  • Worn Out Gaskets/Seals– Dirt, dust, and other particles can get trapped inside certain areas on some faucet models. Over time, this causes the seals and gaskets to stop working correctly and leads to dripping faucets.
  • Hard Water Mineral Deposits – The calcium and mineral deposits in hard water can lead to leaky faucets. The deposits prevent the valve seat, washers, and O-rings from closing correctly. They can also cause blockages on faucet filter screens.
  • Corrosion– Some of the metal parts and components within the faucet can corrode and cause the faucet to malfunction and not operate correctly.
  • Broken Pipe Fittings/Broken Pipes – While rare, sometimes cracks in pipe fittings and pipes can cause a change in the water pressure. This change in water pressure can cause water to drip from faucets periodically, where you night not even know there is a problem.

TIP: An increase in your water bill, when you do not have dripping faucets within the home and have not used more water than usual, is a sign you have a water leak somewhere in the plumbing lines within the home.

When replacing leaky faucets, it is recommended to seek assistance from a professional plumbing company in Mississauga. There are specific methods used, depending upon the type of faucet that require precision alignment of inlet hot and cold water lines to prevent further leaks. In addition, your plumber can inspect existing hardware to determine the most appropriate solutions to fix the dripping faucet. In some cases, your plumber might be able to repair your existing hardware, too.

To learn more about faucet repair and replacement options or our other plumbing services, please contact My Precise Plumbing at (647) 878-9293 to talk to one of our plumbing experts and discuss your specific needs today!

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Causes for Clogged Pipes and Drains

Causes for Clogged Pipes and DrainsThere are several reasons why drains and pipes become clogged and no longer work correctly. It is important to realize that when water starts draining more slowly or occasionally backs up, it is an early indication a clog is developing. Simply ignoring the problem and hoping the clog will resolve itself is never a good idea.

Eventually the clog will block the entire drain pipe and could lead to the water overflowing out of the sink, shower, or toilet and onto your floor. Not to mention some backed up water overflows can be rather messy to clean up and could result in water damage to your home.

      • Hair – Hair is a common cause of clogs as everyone sheds some hair while bathing or showering. Hair also goes down the drain from shaving. To prevent large amounts of hair from going down the drain, you may want to install screens on the drains.
      • Grease/Oil – Some people pour grease and cooking oil directly down their drain. Not only is this bad on your pipes, but also not good for the environment. When grease and oil interacts with water, it coagulates and attaches itself to the interior of pipes. Over time, these deposits can restrict water flow and eventually clog. It is better to keep a container to pour the grease and oil into that you can recycle later.
      • Gels and Soaps – Certain types of soaps and gels can coat the interior of pipes, much like grease and oil. Not to mention, hair sticks easier to the pipes. To help prevent soap and gel buildup in pipes, periodically pour boiling water down drains as this will help break down the deposits.
      • Paper Products – You should never flush non-biodegradable paper products down the toilet, like paper towels and feminine hygiene products. Both of these items can get stuck in drains cause clogs as well as the toilet to overflow.
      • Toddlers – Your curious toddler can clog cause problems with clogged toilets. Most children of this age are enticed by the swirling water and seeing toilet paper disappear. It is not uncommon for some children to flush massive amounts of toilet paper down the toilet or even some of their toys.

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    Depending on where you drain pipes run outside of the house, if there are nearby trees, sometimes the roots will grow into the pipes and create clogs.

  • Certain Food Products put in the Sink Disposal – Potato peelings and other food products can cause clogs and block pipes as they are not meant to be put into a sink disposal system.

If you have problems with slow draining water, clogs, or blockages, it is recommended to contact professional plumbers in Mississauga, here at My Precise Plumbing(Drain Cleaning Services in Mississauga). There could potentially be a bigger problem than a simple clog and discovering it sooner, rather than later can save you money. Contact us today by calling 647-878-9293 to schedule service now. We are even available 24/7 for plumbing emergencies Mississauga.

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Tips for Bathroom Renovations in Mississauga

Renovating your bathroom not only allows you to modernize this space in your home, but also adds value to your property. Whether you have a larger bathroom in a newer home or a smaller one in an older home, before you renovate the look and design of your bathroom, you want to consider important aspects to ensure the finished project meets your objectives.

The first thing you need to decide is if you are going to do the work yourself, hire a professional bathroom renovation and plumbing company in Mississauga, or both. Some people are perfectly capable of painting walls and replacing flooring, but when it comes to the toilet, bathtub, shower, and sink, prefer using a professional to ensure all plumbing is done correctly the first time. Once you decide who is going to perform specific renovation tasks, the next step is to create a project budget.

The project budget should include all costs associated with renovating your bathroom for materials, supplies, and labour, such as:

  • Flooring
  • Cabinets
  • Countertops
  • Light Fixtures
  • Showers
  • Bathtubs
  • Toilets
  • Paint and Painting Supplies

If you are hiring a professional contractor to do some or all of the work, remember to include the cost of labour into your project budget. Most plumbing and bathroom renovation companies will provide you with a free quote detailing the estimated number of hours needed to complete the work.

When it comes to selecting new tubs and showers for your bathroom, take the time to visit a showroom. Stand in the shower and make sure you are able to move around freely. Sit in the bathtub to see how it feels. If you have a smaller bathroom, consider a deeper tub rather than a bigger one. If you are combining the bathtub and shower into one, look at tubs that are easy to get in and out of with lower sides. Should you be fortunate and have a spacious bathroom, you may want to consider a Jacuzzi style tub.

For flooring options, you want to choose durable flooring that does well in humid environments, like marble, stone, or ceramic tiles. Some people also install a floor heating system underneath tiles to warm up the floor on those cold winter days. There are even some hardwood flooring options perfect for the bathroom. Never use carpeting in the bathroom as it attracts mold and mildew.

You can increase storage space in your bathroom by taking advantage of the spaces in between the wall supports and studs. This area is perfect for recessed cabinets and shelves. In addition, you can eliminate traditional sink/cabinet styles and go with a pedestal sink and not lose any storage space.

If you are replacing showerheads and tub and sink faucets, choose styles that incorporate water efficiency in their design. There are several different styles that look great and at the same time will help lower you water bills. For more bathroom renovation ideas or to obtain a free quote to renovate your bathroom, feel free to contact Precise Plumbing at 647-878-9293. We are experienced in all areas of bathroom remodeling and renovation for your Mississauga area home.

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