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    Reasons Why Your Faucet Might Be Leaking

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Leaky faucets are annoying and resource-intensive. They also have the potential to inflict considerable water damage on a home. If a faucet in your home is leaking, there are a few possible explanations.

    The vast majority of leaky faucets are caused by worn-out cartridges, worn rubber O-ring seals, or other damaged parts inside the tap, most of which are usually inexpensive and fairly easy to replace. Other possible explanations are excessive water pressure and structural plumbing problems, which nearly always require the attention of a professional plumber

    If you suspect that a faucet in your Seattle home is leaking, attend to it as soon as possible. Every hour you put off repairs increases the volume of water wasted and the likelihood that greater damage will occur as a result of the leak. For efficient service from an experienced Seattle plumber, call O’Neill Plumbing at (206) 932-5283.

    Tips for Maintaining Your Water Heater

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Seattle seldom gets unbearably cold, but its average year-round temperature is lower than in many other parts of the U.S. Because of this Pacific Northwest chill, hot showers are a must-have for Seattle residents. If you want to avoid unexpected cold showers and keep your water heater in great condition, employ the following plumber-recommended water heater maintenance strategies:

    Insulate the Tank

    If you have a tank-sourced water heater, insulate it to heat water more efficiently. This will help keep your energy bills down, keep the water in your tank at a higher temperature, and prolong the life of your water heater.

    Drain and Clean Once Each Season

    Over time, sediment and debris can accumulate inside a water heater tank. To prevent this sediment from impacting the performance of your water heater, drain water from your tank to flush out debris every three or four months.

    Test Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve

    The temperature and pressure relief valve is essential to the operation of a hot water heater, but it is also the component that is most likely to leak. To test the valve, discharge it quickly and keep an eye out for leaks after reengaging it. If you do detect a leak, hire a plumber to replace the temperature and pressure relief valve.

    Inspect Sacrificial Anode Rod

    The sacrificial anode rod protects your water heater from corrosion. As it does its job, the outer layer wears off and exposes the steel wire core beneath. Examine the anode rod every three years, and replace it if more than six inches of the steel wire core is exposed.

    Keep Area around Unit Clear

    To prevent damage to your water heater and items stored nearby, keep all objects at least two feet from it at all times. Also make sure any vents stay clear to allow air and fumes to exhaust properly.

    Follow the steps outlined above, and you should be able to avoid major water heater failure and detect problems early on. If you think that your tank requires professional service or may be in need of replacement, contact our Seattle plumbers sooner rather than later. To schedule an appointment with a water heater service and replacement specialist, call O’Neill Plumbing at (206) 932-5283.

    Finding an Internal Toilet Leak

    Last updated 8 months ago

    The greatest nuisance of an internal toilet leak is the sound of constantly running water that sometimes accompanies it. Even if the noise doesn’t bother you, an internal toilet leak can waste a lot of water and should be addressed in a prompt manner.

    In this video clip, a plumbing expert discusses the three most common causes of internal toilet leaks. He also demonstrates how you can attempt to identify the source of an internal leak.

    If you suspect that your toilet has an internal leak, you should employ the help of a professional plumber. To schedule a service appointment to fix a leaky toilet or any other plumbing problem, call O’Neill Plumbing of Seattle at (206) 932-5283.

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    Understanding How Tankless Water Heaters Work

    Last updated 8 months ago

    For several decades, the only way to ensure the efficient delivery of hot water to taps, showerheads, and plumbing appliances in a home was to have it heated and stored in a traditional water heater tank. Today, there is a speedier and more reliable way to heat hot water: the tankless water heater.

    Heat Exchanger

    The most important component of a tankless water heater is a heat exchanger—a useful device that transfers heat from one source to another. When you turn on a hot water tap in your home or choose a hot water setting on your washing machine, water circulates through the heat exchanger, which transfers heat from its fuel source to the water circulating through it.

    Fuel Options

    Water can be heated using a tankless water heater in one of three ways. Electric power is the most common source of energy for point-of-use heaters, while propane and natural gas are generally the most cost-effective options for whole-house tankless water heaters.

    The Big Difference

    The most noteworthy difference between a traditional storage tank water heater and a tankless water heating system is that a tankless water heater heats water on demand. In contrast, a tank-sourced heater heats water in perpetuity, constantly using energy to maintain the set water temperature. As a result, storage tank water heaters have a limited supply of hot water that takes time to renew, whereas tank-based water heaters can deliver an endless supply of hot water. Because they only consume energy when hot water is requested, tankless water heaters are more efficient.

    Depending on your water heating needs, a tankless water heater could be a game-changing upgrade for your Seattle home. If you would like to speak with a plumber in Seattle about whether or not a tankless water heater is right for you, call O’Neill Plumbing at (206) 932-5283. With nearly a century of experience in the plumbing industry, we are qualified to meet any and all of your plumbing needs.

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