With all the plumbing and heating companies out there, it can be hard to settle on a plumber for your water heater or toilet repair. To make things easier, you should keep a few things in mind. First, only hire a plumbing company that can provide licensing and insurance information. Also, opt for a plumber who backs all their work with guarantees. Lastly, compare reviews before making your final decision. When you do that, we believe Swift Plumbing & Heating, Inc. will still be a top contender.
Regular visits from a Bainbridge Island-area plumber can help prevent little leaks from burgeoning into big problems. They can also help you to identify ways to save water and cut down on your utility bills. A water heater that gets some TLC on a regular basis is also likely to outlast one that’s never seen a friendly hand. The same is true for furnaces and boilers as well. Give us a call today and schedule your furnace tune-up or water heater service in the Poulsbo or Silverdale areas.
To save money, many of our customers first try to fix their leaking pipe, bad water heater, or leaking toilet themselves. Often, this leads to more system damage and may increase the cost of plumbing replacement or repair. Other homeowners opt to hire an unlicensed handyman to take care of their problem. These people often lack insurance and are rarely trained to do anything but the most basic of plumbing work.
Since so much of our piping is out of sight and mind, it can be hard to identify when there’s a water leak. Some signs of broken pipes include pooling water, wet spots, or unexplained changes in water pressure. Keeping a close eye on your water bills can ensure bathroom and kitchen leaks won’t go unnoticed.
As a rule of thumb, consider replacing your unit once it’s around 15 years old. This represents roughly 75% of the unit’s life expectancy. At that point, repairing your heating system can often mean throwing money out the window. Though we know installing a new furnace or boiler isn’t cheap, the newer unit will likely be more efficient and quickly pay dividends in saved heating costs.
Unfortunately, that’s not something we can tell you without visiting your home. Every situation is unique, and costs are beholden to a variety of factors including the size of your damaged equipment and the extend of the problem. If you’re concerned about costs, we suggest asking for a second or third opinion.
First, you need to take a deep breath and compose yourself. Panicking isn’t going to help the situation. After that, you need to do four things. First, shut off the water at your main valve. This will prevent the problem from worsening. Then, turn off the electricity in the flooded parts of your home. Even a bit of water in an outlet can wreak havoc. Once that’s done, take photographs of the affected area and assess the burst pipe. Once you and your family are safe and dry, give our plumbers a call at (360) 297-9592.
The average water heater lasts between eight and twelve years—electric ones a little longer. If your water heater is nearing that age and you notice any of the following issues, it might be time for a replacement: rusty or dark water, flooding around the water heater, no hot water, tepid hot water, and outward soot marks. Whether your unit has a few more years in it or is due for a replacement next week, know our water heater repair experts are here for you.