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How Often Do You Replace a Water Heater?

How Often Do You Replace a Water Heater?
Our water heaters do a lot for us in terms of making our day to day lives run smoothly, which is why having them work efficiently is important. However, even with regular maintenance, the lifespan of a water heater is usually over by the time it is 10 years old. If your water heater is younger than that but is exhibiting signs that are unusual, a water replacement may be the best option. Of course, plumbing contractors will always check to see if repairs can be completed, but if your water heater is beyond repair, a water heater installation is your best bet. Below are signs that it might be the time to get a water heater replacement.

When To Replace a Water Heater

  • Rust Colored Water: Sometimes when we have rusty water, its due to pipes, but more often than not rust colored water is due to the fact that the inside of the water heater is corroding.
  • Strange Noises from the Water Heater: We shouldn’t be able to hear our water heater when it comes on. If you hear banging or rumbling from a water heater, then its time to get a water heater replacement. Noises from the water heater are caused by sediment buildup.
  • Water at the Base of the Tank: Water should be in the water heater and not outside of it. unfortunately, water that is found around a water heater is a sign that a replacement is needed.
  • Lack of Hot Water: There are many reasons why a water heater might not be properly heating your water, which can include a defective thermostat, malfunctioning heating element, or the water heater tank is too small for your home. Whatever the reason, this is a sign to get a replacement.

If you are looking for expert water heater services in Fort Worth, TX, please call Westside Plumbing at (817) 560-4144 today!

What Happens When Water Main Breaks?

Water main is a term we hear often when it comes to our plumbing, but what is it really. This is a pipe that carries fresh water to the homes along your street, usually located under the street and your front yard. It is very important to your home and when it breaks it can be devastating. A rupture in this pipe allows water to spurt up through the ground, sometimes through your front lawn and sometimes through the street. Because of the force of the water traveling through these pipes, it can flood the area relatively quickly. When this happens, you should know that contacting the city should be your first step towards repair. Because it is a city-provided service, the water main is normally within their purview for repair. However, if the burst is occurring within your yard, contact a plumber to come to inspect the issue. There may be a break within your supply lines instead. If the break is with your supply lines, it will be your responsibility to repair these. Acting quickly can save your home damage to your paving, lawn, and home.

How Can You Tell if You Have a Water Leak?

Water main

There are instances where a water main burst may not be as visual as a geyser suddenly forming on your lawn or in the street. However, the lucky thing about plumbing is that there are usually clear-cut indicators that something is going on with your plumbing system and your water main. Many people start to worry about plumbing issues when there is a spike in the water bill. If you notice an unusual rise in your water meter, check your water pressure and your lawn. A damaged pipe will reduce water pressure considerably while all of the water that should be coursing into your home may be dispersed into your yard, making it soggy and even creating puddles. These are serious issues as the water could affect your home structure if left alone.

How Long Does it Take to Fix a Broken Water Main?

Once service is scheduled, your plumbers act quickly to remedy the situation before any more damage can happen. Our team of experts inspects your home plumbing as well as the main to identify all of the issues that will need to be fixed at the time. Once the plumbing issues and pipes have been located and inspected, you will be pleased to learn that it only takes at most six hours to repair the issue! This means in six hours or less your water can return to your home. Are you dealing with a water main issue in Fort Worth, TX? Westside Plumbing plumbers provide quality repair and service for your home plumbing. Call us today at (817) 560-4144!

Benefits of Having a Bidet

Bidets are installed in most bathrooms all over the world sans America. The United States seems to have a fear of this sanitation plumbing appliance, and are missing out on great health benefits. Here is how your life could improve with the installation of a bidet in your bathroom:

You Can Get a Bidet Attached to Your Toilet or as a Separate Appliance

Environmentally Friendly

Save hundreds of dollars on toilet paper and wet wipes as they are not needed anymore. Be environmentally friendly and save trees by only using water instead of toilet paper.

More Sanitary

America traditionally has been a conservative country, and maybe that has been why we have rejected bidets, but bidets are actually more sanitary than toilet paper! Pressurized water cleans you without you ever having to come into contact with human waste like you directly do with toilet paper. This can cut back on the passing of harmful diseases like salmonella and Hepatitis A.

Great For Those With Medical Issues

Bidets can help people suffering from constipation, hemorrhoids, arthritis, mobility issues, and more!

Versatile and Affordable

Bidets come in two forms: attached to the toilet or a separate appliance often found next to the toilet. The attached version is extremely affordable, costing around $100 and installs to the underside of your toilet to spray water upwards. The traditional bidet looks like a combination of a water fountain and toilet, and is the one most often associated with the word “bidet.”

If you need bidet installation or repair in Fort Worth, TX, contact Westside Plumbing at (817) 560-4144 today.

Signs You Need Sewer Line Repair

Sewer Line Repair

We Provide a Full Range of Services for Sewer Line Repair

Along with your water line, the sewer line represents one of the two most important pieces of plumbing in your home. All of the waste that goes down every drain enters the sewer line. Problems with this stretch of pipe, which generally runs beneath your backyard, can have serious consequences. If you notice any of the following, make sure to call a trusted plumber for sewer line repair.

Clogged Drains

Since all of your drains empty into the sewer line, a problem there will have massive repercussions around your home. If all of your drains seem sluggish, for example, then you have a clog in your sewer line. Sewer line clogs deserve immediate repair, as waste can back up to the extent where it flows out of your drains.

Bad Smells

Sewer lines should remain totally sealed, with no emission of bad smells. If you begin to notice the telltale stench of sewage around your home or yard, then you may have a sewer line issue. Most likely, you have a crack or rupture that has begun to leak sewage into your yard.

Pests

If you have never dealt with pests, but suddenly notice the appearance of rodents and insects on your property, then you could have a sewer leak. As sewage leaks beneath your home or yard, it will serve to lure these pests. Though your first impulse may be to call pest control, these creatures will keep returning until you address your sewer.

To address sewer line repair in Fort Worth, TX, reach out to the local experts at Westside Plumbing. You can get in touch with us anytime you need at __PHONE__.

What You Can Do At Home To Clear a Clog

When you have a clog on your toilet, shower or sink, you may think there isn’t much you can do about it. The truth is, before you even call a plumber out to your home, there are few things you can do to attempt to fix the problem. You can:

Use Chemicals – There are special chemicals that you can find in most stores that are available to push down your sink. The trick to these is that they use the chemicals to try to eat away and break down the clogs that is in your sink. The negative side to these is that they will temporarily work but they won’t remove the clog completely. Basically, they are just buying you more time until you have a plumber come out and clean your pipes out. However, if the clog is small enough, this may actually do the trick just line.

Using a Hanger – If you have a metal wire hanger, you may be able to use it down your sink to until you feel the clog and you are able to either pull it out or push a hole through it so that the water will run through. Sometimes this knocks the clog lose and you are good to go. Other times it just fixes the problem for a while.

No matter what you decide to do, it will all depend on how it ends up. If the clog does not go away on its own, you will want to call a plumber out right away. At Westside Plumbing we have the best plumber around, just call 817-560-4144.

Common Toilet Trouble and What You Can Do about It

Toilet Repair

Your toilet is one of the most important parts of your home or business plumbing. When it backs up it can not only cause an emergency, it can be hazardous. For these bigger problems, you will need to contact your local plumber for fast and efficient service. There are a few common issues we all have to deal with when it comes to these parts of our system. We have compiled some of the top issues you may have to deal with and what you can do about them. 

Toilet Issues You May Experience

Your Tank Fills Slowly

After a flush, your bowl begins to fill again. However, if you notice if filling slowly, you may not be wrong in thinking there is an issue. A slow fill can be a sign that your tank isn’t getting all the water it needs when it needs it. This may be a partially turned off shut off valve. This will be located behind the tank. You can adjust this manually.

Your Toilet Bowl Water Level Slowly Drops

One your toilet bowl has filled, do you notice the water level slowly dropping over time? This can be caused by a couple of things, a clog or possibly a crack in the bowl itself. Inspect your toilet bowl for any damage or look at the base for water pooling. if you do find pooling water, follow it to its source to find the crack or damage. Repairing this issue will simply require a new bowl installation or clog removal service.

Your Toilet Flushes Slowly

A slow flush is an indicator that you have a partial clog in the line. Since the clog is only partial it is still allowing some of the water and waste to get through.The next time you flush, pay attention to the way your toilet flushes and any noises you hear. Gurgling sounds from your sink or tub are a sign there is some back up in the pipes. If the toilet backs up a bit before flushing, you have a clog!

Westside Plumbing provides toilet repair services for your home or business plumbing in Fort Worth, TX. We are your source for expert plumbing. Give us a call at __PHONE__ today!

How Do You Know If Your Pipes Have Frozen

When winter rolls around, every year peoples pipes end up freezing and causing a lot of trouble when they do it. Of course, there are ways to avoid this, but how do you know if you have frozen pipes? There are a few signs that you should pay attention to if you think your pipes are frozen.

Warning Signs

No Water – This is an obvious sign that your pipes are frozen. When you turn your water on and nothing comes out, it probably means that something is frozen so nothing can come through. At this point, it is important to either check each faucet to avoid a pipe from bursting. When ice gets into the pipes and freezes, it expands the pipes and will end up bursting.

Smell – If you suspect that your pipes may be frozen, a telltale sign is if you start to smell a bad odor from your sink or drains. Because the ice is blocking the drain, the odors that usually go down, have nowhere to go so you get to smell them in your home.

It Starts Getting Cold (we mean real cold) – When the temperature outside drops below 32 degrees, the water around you is going to freeze. There is nothing you can do at this point except, don’t turn your water on outside and pay attention to the weather changes. This will help you avoid getting water in your pipes and end up freezing and subsequently bursting.

All of these above are signs that your pipes may have frozen. If you suspect a pipe bursting in your home, give us a call right away at (817) 560-4144 and let our experts handle it for you.

What Is Hydro Jetting?

Are you having problems with slow drains at home? Over time, your drains can begin to accumulate oils, soap scum, food particles, hair, and worse. This can lead to clogs, bad odors, and even burst pipes. You may have heard about a service called hydro jetting. Today we will go over what hydro jetting is, and how it can help clean your dirty drains and pipes.

No More Clogs, No More Slime

hydro jettingCreated to clean your drains more effectively, hydro jetting services can also keep pipes clean longer. The antiquated methods such as snakes and chemicals, are less effective, and are known to be rather messy. Such antiquated techniques also create opportunities for additional clogs to gather, by forcing the pieces of the first clog deeper into the pipe. When clogs are forced deeper in the pipes, they can cause your pipes to burst from the pressure.

Hydro jetting solves these problems by blasting the clog apart completely, and leaving zero large parts behind to congeal lower in the drain. As added defense against additional clogs, the heavily pressurized water is extremely efficient at removing grime and oil off of the inside of the pipe, which are generally the starting points of many clogs. And thanks to the way the hydro jet destroys blockage within the drain, there is zero mess to deal with when the procedure is complete!

If hydro jetting sounds like the ideal option for your home’s pipes, give our team of experts a call today at (817) 560-4144!

What To Do In Case Of A Plumbing Emergency

Nobody wants to deal with a plumbing emergency at home. Water damages are hard to clean, and often require more replacements than repairs. Obviously the first step in a plumbing emergency is to call for help. If you call our team at (817) 560-4144, we can send a plumber out ASAP to help you out. However, there are also some things you can do to minimize damages while you wait for the emergency plumber to arrive. Today we will discuss the various ways you can keep your home from flooding during a plumbing emergency!

Shutting Off The Water In An Emergency

Plumbing Emergency

Are You Prepared For A Plumbing Emergency?

Depending on what your plumbing emergency is, there are a few different ways you can address it, though all of these methods involve shutting off the water. For example, say your toilet is overflowing. In this instance, your simplest solution to minimize damage is to shut off the water valve located directly behind your toilet. That valve should effectively prevent any additional water from flowing into the malfunctioning toilet. This method is also effective fro appliances such as your fridge, washing machine, and sinks.

If you have a burst pipe outside of the home, or even within a wall that is leaking or gushing water, you will likely need to shut off all of the water to your home. Most houses are equipped with two ways to shut off the water to the home. One valve is located somewhere close to the wall of your home. It can often be found in your front yard, possibly in the garden. Sometimes, if the yard line is the line giving you problems, that valve may not be operational. In that case, you can use the water valve located in the street, typically directly in the front of your home. This water valve shuts off any water that goes into your home.

Be sure to know where all of the water shut off valves are located on your property, so that you are prepared in case of a plumbing emergency, and be sure to have our number (817) 560-4144 handy in case you need fast and affordable plumbing repairs.

What Not To Stick Down Your Home’s Garbage Disposal

 

What Not To Stick Down Your Home's Garbage Disposal

Your home’s garbage disposal is a great way to get rid of food waste without throwing it into the trash. While it is a great plumbing device to have, there are a number of things you can’t put down your home’s garbage disposal. Below is a list of foods and items to avoid throwing down your disposal.

Coffee Grounds

This seems like it would be easy for the garbage disposal to dispose of, and it is, but it ends up piling up and pasting together. This, in turn, will cause blockages in the disposal.

Egg Shells

Another item that we have always put down the garbage disposal, but we really shouldn’t are egg shells. While egg shells are soft, the membrane of the shell can stick to the disposal and wrap around the disposal’s shredder.

Food Peels

Carrot, potato, and apple peels should not go down the garbage disposal. Because of the texture, the mixture of water can cause a thick texture that will make it hard for the disposal to work properly.

Grease

This is pretty common knowledge, but it bears repeating. Do NOT put grease down your garbage disposal. This can cause clogs in your pipes, which is never a fun thing to deal with.

Pasta

When pasta gets wet, it tends to expand. When you dump uncooked or even cooked pasta down the disposal, it will eventually expand and clog up the disposal’s trap. Also, pasta like spaghetti or linguine can get caught around the blades, making them less efficient.

If you need garbage disposal repair in Fort Worth, TX Call Westside Plumbing at (817) 560-4144 today.