One of the most difficult problems that we run into as plumbers are sewer smells that have no obvious source. The first step to identifying the source of a foul odor in your home is to make sure that the fixture traps have not evaporated due to lack of use. Continue reading
Many homes that were built before 1960 have galvanized supply lines. A lot of these homes have had the plumbing updated and no longer have the galvanized piping. Recent studies have shown that galvanized piping, especially when aged can break down and contaminate the potable water supply. Continue reading
There are a lot of homes in the Kansas City are that have more than one water heater installed to meet their hot water needs. The most common reason that homeowners add a second water heater is to produce enough hot water to fill up a large soaker bathtub.
It’s my personal opinion that many homeowners that have more than one water heater really don’t need multiple units. Most of the cheap water heaters on the market really start to lose performance as they get older. The sediment from the water will build up at the bottom of the unit, which acts as an insulator and reduces the ability of the burner to heat the water. This is just one of the reasons why it’s a good idea to flush out your water heater on a yearly basis.
For the homes that do have multiple water heaters there are two basic installation methods that multiple units can be installed, series and parallel. Water heaters installed in a parallel loop an typically not as efficient as water heaters installed in series. A series installation will feed the water into the first water heater where it is heated and then feeds into the second water heater. Depending on your hot water demand, you may be able to turn the thermostat down on your first water heater. I recommend setting the first thermostat to low or even on vacation mode and setting the second thermostat higher to your desired water temperature.
There are several things that you should keep in mind when you are looking to purchase a new home. You can’t always rely on the home inspector to catch all of the potential problems that could potentially come up.
Most of the faucets purchased before 1997 were made from brass containing a lead content of about 8%. When water site in a faucet overnight the lead can leach into the potable water supply. In 1997 regulations required that fixtures contain a lower content of lead to minimize the risk for contamination. Continue reading