Plumbers in Austin
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Hot water is only hot water when its hot!
Plumber Austin Tx
Have you started a nice, hot shower only to receive an arctic blast half way through? If your water never really turns hot, chances are your hot water heater needs time to reheat the water, especially if you have been doing other things like washing clothes or running the dishwasher. However, if that cold shower occurs in the midst of a hot shower start, you may have some problems with the hot water heater or plumbing. Consider these options before you hire a pro:
1. Diagnosing a possible water heater problem – You will want to go throughout your home, testing the hot water fixtures to see whether or not your cold shower was an isolated incident or is common throughout the entire home. If you are not getting any hot water, your water heater is the likely culprit.
First, check the temperature setting on your hot water heater. If all is well, the next thing to consider is whether a fuse has been blown or tripped if you rely on electricity to heat your water. A fuse can be easily replaced. If you have gas, check to see if the pilot light went out. If it is, you can easily relight it, following the instructions in the manufacturer’s manual.
If fixing the temperature setting, fuse or pilot light does not fix your problem, chances are you may have a variety of other issues such as a defective thermocouple, flue obstructions, sediment buildup on the heating element, or even a defective temperature control.
2. When it is an isolated shower problem – If the other fixtures in your home produce hot water and stays hot for a length of time, your shower is an isolated problem. There are a number of problems why your shower loses hot water. If you have old galvanized steel pipes, they may be corroded and need replacing. Also, you should check the shut-off valve for the hot water to your shower. If it is closed or partially closed, open it and test the shower for hot water. However, if you only receive warm water or start getting cold water, you may have a shower valve problem.
3. Diagnosing a shower valve problem – Occasionally, shower valves become worn down with time, the rubber parts disintegrating or swelling with age. When this happens, the rubber parts block the path for flowing water. This blockage usually happens with the shower valves as heat makes the rubber swell. Sometimes, the rubber parts break apart and travel to the hot water valve to the shower, creating a blockage. If you feel confident about taking apart the valve, you can clean out the broken pieces in the hot water valve and then replace the rubber in the shower valve. Keep in mind that most shower valves are located inside the wall and may only be accessible by a hidden panel in a closet in the next room or a cabinet in the bathroom.
If you are in the least bit hesitant about replacing a blown fuse, relighting a pilot light, replacing a hot water heater part or clearing an obstruction from the shower valve, it is best to consult with a plumbing expert. What is better – paying for a plumber to fix it right the first time or waste money by cause even worse plumbing issues and end up paying more for a plumber’s time?
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Austin TX 78752
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Its official – its cold -
If you suspect one of your pipes has frozen -
Don’t take any chances if you turn on a faucet and no water flows out of the tap.Call a plumber. In Austin call 551-0789.
If instead you have a pipe that actually bursts, turn the water at the main shut-off valve (usually at the water meter or where the main line enters the house); leave the faucet(s) open until repairs are completed.
Under no circumstances should you try to thaw a frozen pipe with an open flame like a blow torcher. Not only is this more likely to cause damage to your pipe you may even start a building fire.
Give us a call – we’re here 24 hours and we’re not just sitting on our hands – 551-0789
When it comes to Austin plumbing resources, you want to ensure that you’re getting the level of service, expertise and protection that you expect when you need help.
Some plumbing issues you can plan – like adding a tankless water heater or replacing toilets to take advantage of say the Austin city rebates that pays you back for going out and getting low flow toilets instead of the standard ones. But more often than not, you have an immediate problem and you don’t want to have to get three bids – you want the problem to stop.
One of the things people look at is the size of the company which can not always follow the adage that bigger is better. Often times when it comes to Austin plumbing issues – a smaller company will actually give you an edge. Mainly because a smaller company means you’re most likely dealing with the owner of the company who has a vested interest in keeping you happy. They aren’t recent graduates of a plumbing license proving themselves to their employers, they have paid their dues and while their rates are similar, you get so much for more value for your dollar.
Another thing is that when you work with smaller companies you can often have the same plumber come out on the next project or problem you have with your plumbing so you can develop a level of trust and familiarity instead of having to work with a different person each time.
Last but not least – do check that anyone that provides Austin plumbing services has a current and valid license and that they have adequate insurance to cover any mishaps. You’re not being rude to ask, you’re being proactive and that’s a good thing.
When a plumber smells a holiday in the area they know odds are they are spending it with family – just not their family.
The house is full of people who get hungry and a bunch of other things as well. There’s lots of cooking and cleaning and pouring all sorts of things down the drain without a thought. And that means the chances of a drain or toilets getting stopped up are very high.
While I won’t deny that its in my best interest for you not to know this information, I feel it my duty, the duty to my family that I do what I can to spend the day with them as well as to my fellow plumbers who also have families.
No matter where you live – don’t pour grease down your drain. That turkey fat in the bottom of the pan? Find a can and pour it off.
Take a few moments to scrap off those plates in the garbage can – those bones will NOT easily go in the disposal.
For more tips – check out what not to throw down your disposal in more detail.
Looking for Plumbers in Austin?
Call us 551-0789 and press “1″ for service – its as if we are all over town – whenever you need help.
Your Austin Plumbers are friendly, professional, knowledgble, licensed, insured and local.
When you hire one of us, the revenue stays here – we’re not an arm of a company with its headquarters elsewhere – we’re all local.
So if you are needing a plumber in Austin, call us – 551-0789 right now