At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Archive for July, 2016

Beware of Slab Leaks in Your Home

Monday, July 25th, 2016

One of the biggest problems plumbers encounter here in Salt Lake City, UT is the issue of slab leaks: leaks that occur in pipes buried under your foundation, or in some cases embedded within the foundation itself. A leak is nothing unusual for plumbers to repair, but with slab leaks, detecting and reaching it can prove supremely difficult… and the water can do a staggering amount of damage in the interim.

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Flush Your Water Heater Every Few Months

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Your water heater is a key part of your home, but because it operates so quietly, trouble has a way of sneaking up on you. Many of the water heater repair calls we take here in Draper, UT come about because the homeowner wasn’t aware of the issue until it was too late. The best way to combat that tendency is to schedule a water heater maintenance session for your water heater once a year from a qualified professional plumbing service. You can help your own cause on this front by periodically flushing your water heater to clear sediment from the bottom. If left untreated, that sediment forms a barrier between the water and the heat source, reducing the heater’s efficiency and increasing strain on the system. The good news is that flushing the water heater is very easy to accomplish. All of you need is a hose and either access to a water drain or a bucket large enough to hold all of the water in your tank. Here are the steps to take to flush your water heater the right way.

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Think About Installing a Tankless Water Heater

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Here in Holladay, UT, we’re accustomed to getting our hot water from a traditional tank water heater, which is an inexpensive and efficient model. But it’s not the only type of water heater out there, and depending upon your circumstances, you may want to consider an alternative model, specifically a tankless water heater. They’re smaller than tank models and usually fit beneath the sink or near the show faucet they’re intended to serve. The bring a number of tangible benefits to the table, which you should seriously consider if you’re in the market for a new water heater.

How They Work

Just as their name implies, tankless water heaters do their jobs without relying on a tank. Traditional systems heat the water in the tank before piping it to your outlets. Tankless systems use heated coils and other technology to heat the water instantly as it passes through the pipes. The downside is that they’re more expensive to install and work bast in smaller homes with fewer residents (or places that don’t see regular use, such as vacation homes). With that said, it can provide a number of benefits that tank models simply can’t

What are the Benefits?

Tankless models benefit because they provide hot water instantly, instead of forcing you to wait while the hot water from the tank gets to your outlet. In addition, since they heat the water “on demand” as it were, it means you’ll never run out of  hot water while you’re showering or cooking. As a side benefit, those features mean you use a lot less water on the average than you do with a tank model, and since tankless water heaters heat the water more efficiently, they tend to cost less in monthly heating bills as well. When applied judiciously over time, those features can save up more than enough to offset the increased cost of installation.

Call At Your Service Plumbing, Heating and Air for more on tankless water heaters!

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Watch Out for Low Air Flow

Monday, July 4th, 2016

Summers get hot here in South Jordan, UT, though not quite as hot as they might elsewhere in the country. Your air conditioner is your best defense again those high temperatures, and when trouble arises, you need to respond to it quickly. The faster you can detect a problem and summon an air conditioning repair service, the more damage you can prevent and the faster the process will go. 

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