How should I handle a plumbing emergency?

How to handle a plumbing emergency

 

Emergency PlumbingWhen you experience a plumbing emergency, and water is spewing and spilling all over the place, it is hard to know ahead of time exactly how you should react. This uncertainty shows ten fold when you have never experienced this type of emergency before and you have never read or been taught what you should do when something like this happens. When this happens in the workplace, be certain to inform your supervisor and get ahold of maintenance as soon as possible. Depending on where you work, this type of repair may fall directly on your shoulders.

During a plumbing emergency, the first thing that you should do is cut off the water supply to whatever type of appliance or pipe that is not working properly and allowing the water to escape. This can be a major inconvenience if all of your water supply has only one main shutoff, which is why I always suggest that all buildings that have running water should have some type of water distribution block that allows water to be cut off from individual lines without having to interrupt the water service for the rest of the building.

Once the leak has been stopped since the water has been shut off, it is now time to diagnose the problem and correct it. If the problem is a broken pipe, then that section of pipe must be removed. You must then install unbroken pipe and adhere the two pipes together. This is typically PVC pipe and you will have double female connectors on both ends of the newly cut pipe. This will all be sealed with PVC pipe cement, which will take time to dry and no water can be ran through that line until you are certain that this has occurred.

If the problem is with an appliance, you must begin by looking at the area where the water was leaking. If the item is completely broken, it needs to be replaced. Oftentimes you can fix the leak by simply turning down the pressure to the appliance, or by replacing an O-ring or gasket that has failed over time.

Call Pell Plumbing today at (770) 499-2006 if you’re having a plumbing emergency in Marietta. We have immediate solutions for your situation!

What is the difference between tank and tankless water heaters?

Differences between a Traditional Water Heater and Tankless

 

The good news about tankless water heaters is that they can cut your energy costs almost in half. The bad news is that they may not supply unlimited hot water. The difference between the two is the method in which they deliver hot water. Traditional hot water tanks heat water as soon as it enters the tank. The water is stored and kept hot.

When the water starts to cool, the water heater automatically heats the water back to the desired temperature. Traditional heaters run more often, so they consume more energy. Traditional hot water heaters range in size, but most homes use a 30 to 50 gallon tank.

Instead of storing hot water, tankless water heaters operate only on demand. Since they do not keep water at a consistent temperature, they use less energy. They save on space because they are smaller than traditional tanks. The initial cost for a tankless heater tends to be higher than for traditional tanks. Units are available in gas or electric.

There is no doubt that tankless will reduce energy costs substantially. The question becomes will a tankless water heater meet your needs. The ability to store hot water and heat it as soon as it enters the tank allows traditional heaters to provide an unlimited amount of hot water. You can turn on the dishwasher, throw in a load of laundry and tank bath at the same time.

Some tankless water heaters cannot supply enough hot water for multiple tasks. The size of your family and the number of household tasks that require hot water determines if a tankless heater is practical. If you have three kids and modern appliances, you will probably need a traditional tank for a consistent supply of hot water.

An elderly couple without kids may find that a tankless heater is sufficient. If you are unable to access your needs, a consultation with your plumber is the best strategy. Professionals can estimate your water usage based on your lifestyle. If you decide to go tankless, your existing piping will need checked to make sure it is compatible.

Looking into different water heaters for your Marietta property? Call Pell Plumbing today at (770) 499-2006 for a water heater installation!