The first thing you should do if you have noticed a plumbing problem is turn off the water supply to the pipe. If the leaking is coming from inside the walls, it could be due to a leaking pipe or drain. Pipes bring water inside the house and drains take water out of the house. If you have turned off the water supply to the house and there is still leaking, most likely it is a drain that is causing your problem and not a regular pipe. In this scenario, there is no way to stop water from coming out of that drain pipe until the drain has emptied itself of water.
Don't wait until you've got an uncontrollable leak before trying to find a service provider you can trust. Put our number on your phone now, so if you find that you've got a burst pipe, broken valve or other situation where can't shut off the flow of water, you know who to call. In an emergency, we can be with you quickly to minimize the damage which unchecked water can cause. For circumstances where the water can be turned off at the mains, or the faulty piping isolated, make an appointment and we can come out to fix the problem for you.
Water heaters are fairly simple devices. Basically it’s a 30, 40 50 or 60 gallon holding tank with a cold water intake, a hot water outlet and a drain valve. Inside there are a few other components - a heating element, a dip tube (that guides cold water coming into the tank down to the bottom so the hot water on top will be used first) and a ‘sacrificial rod or anode’, to help prevent corrosion inside the tank.
If you have absolutely no hot water – the heating element (electric) or gas thermocouple is probably not working. These are replaceable components you can do yourself and replacing them will give you back your normal hot water supply. The thermostat on the tank being changed usually causes water that’s too hot or too cold. It’s a simple matter to raise or lower the temperature a few degrees to get your tank back to functioning properly once again.
Noises may be caused a sediment build up inside the tank and the heating element is literally burning it. Alternatively, the noise could be caused by the heating element slowly burning out and the noise is giving you some warning that it might be time to replace the element. Your water heater spends it life hiding out of sight in your home and like most of us, you don’t think about it until it stops working properly. However, taking just a little time to give your tank the annual maintenance the manufacturers recommend will extend it’s life and save you a bunch of money on plumbers bills.