Tips and Troubleshooting

Hot Water Heater

The following are common hot water heater issues:
• Not enough Hot Water
• Leaks at the bottom
• Leaks from the pipes, outlets, and intakes
• Faulty, old, or out of compliance wiring
• Drain valve leaking
• Gas Lines and Pilot Light Issues

hot water heater parts  Wet areas around your hot water heater could be a sign of a leak. The first step is to isolate and try to find where the leak is coming from so it can be repaired. If your leak is massive, you may need to turn off your water until the repair can be completed. Contact Zeus Plumbing, Inc. and we can walk you through shutting off your supply to your hot water heater and schedule an appointment.

 Leaks at the bottom of your hot water heater could be a sign that your hot water heater needs to be replaced due to corrosion. Hot water heater’s over time can rust and gain sediment at the bottom of the tank. If these issues are not taken care of promptly, a massive leak can occur damaging the location of the hot water heater, leaving you without hot water, make mold or mildew, and can put you at risk. Remember you hot water heater is connected with electricity and sometimes gas lines; it’s best to contact a professional when dealing with electricity and gas.

 After evaluating the leak our plumbers can determine whether you hot water heater can be repaired or a replacement needs to occur. Leaks at the bottom of your hot water heater usually mean that you must need a replacement. Leaks at the top near values and line outlets, can sometimes be repairs. Hot water heaters usually last an average of 10 years.

 Does your home or business have a lack of hot water? This could be a sign that there are gas line issues, pilot light has gone out, sediment in the bottom of the tank, or that your hot water heater is not big enough. Zeus Plumbing will check your temperature gauge, pilot lights, tank, and lines to make sure this is not the issue.

At Zeus Plumbing, Inc. we are committed to providing you with the best service to your hot water heater as possible. Zeus Plumbing, Inc. can fix or replace hot water heaters to include gas lines and water lines. Our trained Plumbers know the code compliance and can get your hot water heater working correctly.

Water Leaks

water meter lid

 If you are on municipal/city water, most likely you will have a meter at the edge of your property. Usually meters are in the ground and covered with an access plate. Private water and well water plumbing usually will have a cutoff valve.

 Turning off your water can prevent further damage and can save money from excess water leaking. To determine if the water leak is on your side of the meter, you will need to examine the water meter window. If the meter is turning, this is a sign that the water leak is on your side of the meter. If the water meter is spinning, this is a sign of a massive leak. Turning off your water until the problem can be diagnosed or fixed is the best solution.

 Some water companies provide a shut off value or your plumber that installed the pipes connecting to the meter might have install a shut off value. If this is the case, you will want to turn the handle until the water is shut off. You can tell the water is shut off because the meter will indicate no water flowing by coming to a stop.

 For meters that do not have a shut off valve on either side of the meter, you will need a tool called a reach-rod to shut off your water from the meter. Plumbers carry this type of tool in their truck; however if a plumber is not present you maybe able to find one at a local hardware store.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

frozen water pipe External plumbing can freeze during cold temperatures. The best solutions is to try preventive measures in order to avoid frozen pipes. Water expands when it freezes, because of this your pipes can burst. When the ice thaws, this could leave you with a massive water leak if gone undetected.

Wrapping pipes with tubing and insulation tape can help prevent pipes from freezing. Insulate any areas that are exposed to the direct cold including faucets, lines that run above ground, irrigation lines, hot water heater lines, cold water and hot water lines outside, and lines to swimming pools. Draining lines of water that are not in use can also empty the watter from the lines so that they can not expand and freeze.

During periods of freezing weather, allow faucets cold water outlets to drip. If you plan to go out-of-town, leave heating on low enough that it helps keep pipes from freezing. During the winter months and low temperatures, keep your garage doors closed to prevent extra cold from entering the dwelling. Preventive measures can be done to prevent frozen pipes like adding insulation to attics and basements, exposed areas of the building, and crawl spaces. Your plumber can help give you guidance about changing exposed plumbing to underground plumbing.