Yikes, Ants in my Bathroom!

Posted on: August 9th, 2018 by plumbingcorona No Comments

Get a brief introduction of ants and get rid of them ASAP with these DIY plumbing tricks.

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Troubleshoot for Water Heater Breaker That Keeps Tripping

Posted on: July 13th, 2018 by plumbingcorona No Comments

Do you notice the red reset button on your water heater popping out every now and then? This happens when the water heater is tripping. This may be a puzzle to some homeowners, so let’s take a look at some concerns about water heater tripping.

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Why does my water heater keep tripping?

There are many potential reasons why a water heater would trip, but the most likely reason is that the water heater has gotten too hot. What does this mean and when does the water get too hot?

Normally, anything below 180 degrees would be acceptable, but anything over that, expect the water heater to trip. This means that the reset button or high limit switch would pop out. Why does this happen? It is part of a protection mechanism to prevent you from being burned as you take a hot shower.

However, the main reason why the water would get too hot can usually be traced to a bad thermostat. Electric water heaters have a thermostat for each heating element. These are responsible for controlling the elements to regulate the water temperature as it begins to cool down.

When the thermostat goes bad, it can get stuck and cause the continuous delivery of heat and eventual tripping. How can you check if it is a thermostat problem? A licensed professional plumber can use a multimeter to find out and put in a replacement.

What causes the problem?

There are other causes aside from a bad thermostat like:

  • A short in the heating element causing it to continuously heat the water even if the thermostat has shut off.
  • Loose wiring can also result in water heater tripping because of the improper distribution of electricity.
  • The reset switch itself may be the cause of the water heater tripping because it is malfunctioning.

 

Water heaters are usually plugged into Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) to protect against bodily harm. It disconnects the current to prevent electrical shock. This is better than circuit breakers because it is activated by currents that is often too small to trip regular breakers.

GFCI trips or ghost trips are often caused by worn out insulation, water, and conductive dusts among others. The leakage current will result in intermittent and unnecessary tripping.

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Troubleshooting Electric Water Heaters

The most common problem encountered by homeowners when it comes to water heaters is that the water is not as hot as it should be. This is commonly resolved by:

  • Reconnecting the power and resetting the thermostat;
  • Flushing the heater to remove sediments;
  • Insulating hot water pipes;
  • Replacing the thermostat or heating elements; and
  • Raising thermostat temperature.

How to repair or replace?

As far as electric tankless water heaters go, the most common part that needs to be replaced is the heating element. This is how you do it:

  1. Check the manual to locate the heating element.
  2. Disconnect the power and water supply to the unit.
  3. Turn on the nearest hot water faucet to siphon out remaining hot water in the system.
  4. Remove the cover to the heating chamber plate to reach the plate and allow the water to drain.
  5. Disconnect the wires of the heating unit and wrap the heating element with a rag.
  6. Remove the nut keeping the heating element in place to remove it.
  7. Put in an exact replacement and make sure that the O-ring is correctly seated.
  8. Turn back the power and water supply to test the heater.

How much does the repair regularly cost?

If the problem is not the breaker, then the repair would focus mostly on the heating element. Replacing a heating element would normally cost around $200 to $300 and must be done by a professional because of the risks involved. A professional would usually charge about $200 to $300 for the two heating elements.

When the cause of the problem is the thermostat, a replacement can be installed by a professional for roughly $150 to $200, inclusive of professional fees. The cost of the part is around $20. Each heating element has its own thermostat control.

If in need to install new tankless water heater

This type of water heater usually goes on a plaster or drywall. The water supply lines should be routed to the water heater with the water utility going into the inlet and the pipe to the outlet. The shutoff valves for both lines should be installed near the unit. It is a good idea to have a pressure relief valve installed as well.

Union fittings can be used to finalize the connections. Turn on the water valve but not the power. Open all the faucets in your home to run water for about a minute. Shut off the valves and remove the inline filter to clean out debris. Replace the filters, open the water supply and turn on the power. Test the unit and check for leaks.

This may sound so easy on paper, but remember, working with water and electricity at the same time is considerably dangerous. That is why it is always suggested to call for a licensed professional plumber when handling water heater repair, replacement, and installations.

WHO & WHERE to find help

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Additional Questions

What is the reset button on a water heater for?

The reset button on the water heater is a safety device that shuts off the power to the unit to give the heated water time to cool down before operation can be resumed.

How do you know if you have a bad thermocouple?

Press and hold the gas knob as you put it in pilot while pressing the igniter button. Keep the gas knob depressed for at least 60 seconds after the pilot lights.

If the light immediately goes out when you release the knob, then you have a bad thermocouple. If the pilot stays lit but the burner does not start in five minutes, you have to test the thermocouple.

How much is a hot water heater thermostat?

For the water heater thermostat itself, the cost can be anywhere from $20 to $35 for each. To have this installed, a licensed professional would normally charge about $100 for labor.

How long does it take for a hot water heater to heat up?

The time it takes for a water heater to heat up would depend on its type:

  • Gas – between 30 to 40 minutes for a fully heated water in the tank.
  • Electric – anywhere from an hour to an hour and 20 minutes.
  • Solar – similar to electric, but without backup energy on a cloudy day, it may mean never.
  • Tankless – virtually no heating time required.

All of these of course are average values and can vary depending on the make, model, and manufacturer of the water heater unit.

If you have any questions and want to know which water heater is best for you, let us know.

What You Should Use For Winter Decoration

Posted on: June 29th, 2018 by plumbingcorona No Comments

What do you do when the Christmas decorations have been tucked away and you know that you are headed for the cold of winter? Considering that winter lasts roughly about three months, you need to find ways how to make your home brighter, warmer, and cozier. Here are some tips you can try.

Fresh Blooms

You know what can almost instantaneously brighten an entire room? Fresh blooms, yes, these immediately add color to any room and give it a feeling of polish and refinement. Most common choices would have to be paper white bulbs and amaryllis, buy try tulips, hyacinths, and spring bulbs are great choices as well.

Winter Decoration

Arctic Animals

If you love decorating your lawn with various animals during the summer season, there is no reason why you shouldn’t do it during winter time. However, instead of using animals like pink flamingos for example, rely on arctic animals to keep with the theme of the winter season. This means moose, penguins, snow owls, and other cold climate animals that you can think about. You do not have to stress yourself out with exact replicas, faux white fur, dark feathers, or antlers would be equally amazing. The important thing is that you have fun doing it.

Use Wool

People have a penchant for throwing away old things like sweaters once they feel they have no use for it anymore. But, did you know that these old wool clothes can be used as a great winter decoration tool? Yes, instead of throwing away, use it to decorate various items like glass votive and vases. Simply cut the sleeves off of the old wool sweaters and slip it over these items to create your own wrapped in wool winter decors.

Aromatics

When attempting to decorate a room, it would be best to try and get all the elements together. This means not only going for the look, but also the feel and smell. Aromatherapy is a great way to enhance winter decorations in your home. With the help of essential oils in a diffuser or scented candles, achieving that summertime aroma would be quite easy. Some scents to consider include orange, lemon, grapefruit, and other citrusy smell that have been known to uplift and energize people. If you want to create a more relaxed atmosphere, jasmine, clary sage, and bergamot are best to deal with stress and anxiety.

Lighting

As far as achieving the look is concerned, lighting is something you should not overlook. Changing lightbulbs to compensate for the lack of sunlight is a must. Blue or white light would be your best and closest choices in achieving false sunlight. You can also invest in dawn simulator lights, which can be used not only during winter, but essentially any time of the year. These can be put to good use during dark and cold winter mornings. The nice thing about these bulbs is that they gradually increase intensity so that in roughly 20 minutes you would think that you are waking up to the rising sun.

Winter Decoration

Mirrors

When you deal with lighting, it is always best to put in some mirrors. These would obviously add to the lighting effect that you would want to achieve for your decoration. You can target dark spaces in your home by strategically placing mirrors in the right place. Mirrors are excellent in reflexing light. Using different mirror sizes would also add to the esthetics.

Mixing Colors

To get that truly great feel, you need to mix colors. Combining soft and metals will result in a glow that mimics that of sunlight hitting a beautiful body of still water. Throw in some pinecones, dried flowers, and birch bark among others to get that nature-like ambience.

Planters and Tulips

Winter planters do not mean boring and colorless, there are colorful ones as well. This is to accompany the many beautiful plants and flowers that thrive during the winter season. These planters come in various textures as well. Green, red, and white flowers would be a nice touch even when looking for a centerpiece. To complete the look, use light-colored linens in your rooms.

These tips in winter decoration will help in brightening your home even during the darkest of winter days. However, anytime you get frozen pipes in winter season, don’t forget to call us.

DIY Home Renovations: Recreate your home with simple steps

Posted on: May 14th, 2018 by plumbingcorona No Comments

Are you ready to embark on the world of Do-it-Yourself (DIY) projects? Everything can look so easy when we watch experts do it, but, is it really as easy as we see it on TV? The key to becoming successful in DIY home renovations is to plan and research everything so that you can apply that knowledge to the specific project you want to do. What can you do to transform the look of your home using DIY renovations?

Home Renovations: Bigger and Brighter

Most of the time we hear people suggest painting as the way to dramatically change and improve the appearance of your home. However, if your goal is to create a bigger and brighter home, doing painting in home renovations can hardly achieve this goal. So how do you do it?

Painting can be part of the strategy, but it cannot be your entire solution. After all, painting with the right choice of color can help create the appearance of a bigger and brighter room. But the easiest way to do it would be to replace old floor coverings. This small step will dramatically improve the overall appearance of any room in your home.

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The great thing about this solution is that it is considered quite affordable. You also have a huge choice of laminates, floorboards, and linoleums to replace your old floor coverings. Another benefit that comes with these is that they are all easy to install.

Once you successfully do it in one room, simply repeat the process in the other rooms in your home. So go through your entire home and remove not only the old, but also thin skirting boards. While you’re at it, make sure that you replace it with wider ones to modernize the look of your home.

Curtains and Drapes

When doing home renovations, one of the most common things that people look at is their budget. So when replacing long vertical drapes or older style curtains choose slim-line Venetians. It would also be better to invest in quality internal doors while updating your installed fittings and fixtures.

Keep in mind that if you would want to hire help, a handyman is comparatively cheaper than hiring a carpenter. Why should you consider this? Because if you are going to tackle a major DIY project and your skill level is not up to par, you will need all the help that you can get from professionals.

So if you are at this point skill-wise, make sure that you attend workshops, download brochures, or watch online videos to improve your DIY capabilities. This will help you create more savings as you get better with every project that you tackle. New DIY products being released in the market are also designed to make life easier for those who want to do home renovations on their own.

Since part of the goal is to save on your budget, when painting using gloss is better compared to satin or matte. Keeping within your available finances is one way of gauging how successful your DIY home renovations are.

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Using Colors

When it comes to DIY painting projects, ample planning is needed to ensure that everything would be under consideration from the start until you finish. To help you come up with the best DIY painting job possible, here are some tips you can follow.

  • Look at magazines, pictures, and even photo galleries online to get some inspiration on what you want to achieve;
  • In deciding what color to use, do not look only at your existing furniture but also on possible furnishings that you will buy for your home during the course of the renovation and the near future;
  • Use color chips as well as sample pots in your home to get an idea how things can look like based on your available lighting, decorations, and other aspects of in your interior;
  • Keep in mind that colors can vary depending on the level of lighting that you have in your home, the position of your windows and doors, decorations, and even floor coverings; and
  • Your personal preferences will always play a big role in your choices of colors.

If you follow these tips and guides, DIY home renovations would not be that difficult. Start on your project today.

Kitchen Floor Plan Basics You Need to Know

Posted on: April 24th, 2018 by plumbingcorona No Comments

Traditional calculation in the kitchen called a work triangle has separated the sink, refrigerator and also the range. Nowadays, it has been developed into more practical concept of work zone. The traditional kitchen allows a person to prepare the meal in a multi-purpose space in the cook room. Due to the evolution, it gives more multi-purpose rooms in the kitchen for cooking.

In this article we are going to talk about the kitchen layouts and the developed ones. Check this out.

One wall kitchen

Before people call it one-wall concept, it was already popular with the Pullman kitchen. You will find this kind of kitchen layout in the loft or studio space. This kitchen layout really saves a lot of spaces in the small room like a studio room. The appliances and the cabinets are installed on one side of the wall. Modern design will also include an island as well.

Galley kitchen

The layout seems leaner and very ideal for small space or one-cook kitchen. This kitchen is kind of a walk-through kitchen which is characterized by two opposite walls that face each other. Some models also put two countertops in parallel setting so there is a walkway in the middle of them. The galley kitchen is a great option if you want to make the most of every inch in your kitchen. You do not even need to figure out the corner cabinets, which mean that you can allocate your budget to other things.

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L-shaped kitchen

If you want to maximize the corner space in your kitchen then the L-shaped layout will be the ultimate answer. Other than that, this is a smart decision to make a kitchen design in a kitchen with small or medium size.

By applying the L-shaped kitchen layout, you are already eliminating the traffic issue. You can even put a dining table by having this kitchen layout in your home. But if your kitchen space is larger and wider then you better not choosing this layout. Instead, you can install an island to use the emptiness of the large space for kitchen.

Horseshoe or U-shaped kitchen

This configuration has three walls for the cabinets as well as the appliances. After the development, it could also two walls with an island that will serve as the third wall. It will ease up the workflow of the island. If you like to cook a lot then it will allow you to have more about it.

Island kitchen

This type will require cabinetry and appliances. Besides, the kitchen island is the additional work table for a kitchen. It will provide an area to eat if you provide stools around the island, area to prepare your meals along with the sink, and also the place to store beverage if you equip it with the wine cooler.

Even though this feature is very functional and amazing, many homeowners do not have enough space to add this thing in their kitchen. If the space is right, it gives good look and functionality. But when you force it to present in your kitchen, your workflow will be interrupted.

Home Flooded Because of Plumbing Damage

Posted on: March 23rd, 2018 by plumbingcorona No Comments

If flooding is invading your house, your first move will be taking your family to a safer space. But after the water is cleared and going home is possible then you really need to make an assessment of the damage. Besides your belonging, it could break down your underground plumbing damage. Even though the underground plumbing is out of sight, you can see several signs if there is something wrong with the pipes down there. (more…)

How to Install Plumbing in a New Home

Posted on: March 6th, 2018 by plumbingcorona No Comments

Plumbing system installation should be executed by the experts anyway. However, it doesn’t mean that you cannot learn about it at all. At least, you can just understand and monitor when the installation is processed in your new house. Basically, the plumbing works by adapting the concept of water in and water out. However, it is developed particularly in new house installation. So, when you need to install a new plumbing system, what are the preparations as well as the steps? Check them out. (more…)

DIY Outdoor Plumbing Project: Backyard Pond Designs

Posted on: February 21st, 2018 by plumbingcorona No Comments

The existence of backyard in housing always offers a lot of opportunities for you to use your imaginations and creativities to decorate it. One of the decoration ideas mostly chosen by people is adding pond on it. There are some things that you should put into consideration before creating a pond in your backyard. Get to know how to conduct Outdoor Plumbing Project: Backyard Pond in this article. (more…)

Why Electric Water Heater Keeps on Tripping?

Posted on: January 26th, 2017 by plumbingcorona No Comments

When it comes to the operation of your electric home water heater, you may experience the possibility of tripping. There are 2 ways that the tripping can occur, one is from the reset switch and the other is from the circuit breaker. Let’s take a look at the reasons why electric water heater keeps on tripping. (more…)

Trenchless sewer repair for serious sewer problems

Posted on: June 6th, 2014 by plumbingcorona No Comments

For those who have been constantly suffering from various issues in their sewer lines, it might be more cost-effective if you consider sewer replacement. One of the best ways to do this is through trenchless sewer repair. Many plumbing companies recommend this to their clients for they see that it has a lot of advantages.

Most of the time, homeowners would only remember the sewer and drain lines when a problem is already knocking on the door. Here are some of the common signs to know that there is already trouble in the sewer. (more…)

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