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Understanding How Water Heaters Lose their Efficiency Over Time

Water heaters can last for many years, and some homes have original installations that are several decades old. While oday's technology has helped to create water heaters that are far more efficient and durable than their predecessors, older water heaters will still lose efficiency as the years go by. It is important to understand how this process occurs, and how you can keep your existing water heater as efficient as possible throughout the years.

  • Water heaters are subject to corrosion. This means that their very integrity can become compromised if they are not maintained by your local plumber on a regular basis. Inside a water heater is something called an anode rod, which is designed to "attract" the corrosive effects of water on metal. The material of these anode rods corrodes before the material used for the walls of your water heater's tank. However, if these anode rods are not replaced as they corrode, water will begin eating away at the tank' s walls.  This corrosion results in decreased efficiency, as the buildup of corroded material and deposits slows the heating process.

 

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  • All water heaters experience sediment buildup over time. Sediment is naturally present in our water lines, more so in some areas of the city than others. Water heaters should be drained at least annually by a professional plumber to flush out any sediment that has built up over time. If sediment is allowed to collect, it impedes the burner or heating element's ability to transfer heat to the water inside tank. This results in an excess of spent energy.
  • Water heaters have a set lifespan. Even if your water heater has lasted for decades, it will eventually become highly inefficient and too costly to run. The advantage of today's technology means that it is more economical to replace an aged water heater with a newer, more efficient model in many cases. To determine the best option for you, speak with your local Sacramento-area plumber.

Ace Plumbing can provide regular maintenance services to keep your water heater at its most efficient, and we can also provide advice think it may be time to replace your old model. Visit our website or contact us at (916) 455-4548 for further information.

Simple Solutions for Reducing Your Home Water Use

Most households use about 60 percent of all their water in the bathroom, which makes it an ideal place to start conserving. By making a few changes in this room and around the house, you can lower your water and energy consumption to go green and save money.

In this video, you can explore a few different ways to change your water usage habits. For example you can install a low-flow showerhead that can help you save 10 percent on your water heating costs. Sink aerators also help reduce the amount of water through your sink without sacrificing pressure. For even more inexpensive or no-cost tips on going greener with your water consumption, watch this clip.

For more great ideas on saving water and keeping your plumbing efficient, contact Ace Plumbing online or at (916) 455-4548 today.

The Hidden Dangers of Slab Leaks

Your home rests on its foundation, which at its most basic is a large concrete slab. Underneath the slab lie water and sewer lines that, if compromised, could cause a great deal of damage to your home. A slab leak can prove devastating if it is not rectified by an experienced plumbing company. Here is a look at slab leaks and the dangers they present:

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The Effects of Slab Leaks

Slab leaks can remain undetected for a period of years, and if they are minor to begin with, they may not show signs of their presence that the average homeowner would notice until it is too late. In fact, damaged sewer lines may not cause immediate effects to your home or its foundation, but instead can leak thousands of gallons of water every month. This drives your utility costs very high and will eventually weaken the foundation of your home.

When severe, a slab leak can eventually cause the ground under your home's foundation to become unstable, which could result in catastrophic structural damage.

Detecting Slab Leaks

The best way to know if your home has a slab leak in a water or sewer line is to have your plumbing inspected on a regular basis. If you notice a suspiciously high water bill, it is a good idea to contact your local plumber immediately. If you have had problems with invasive tree roots before, you will also want a plumber to evaluate the situation, because tree roots that have been removed will often return to the same pipe and cause fresh damage.

Slab leaks are dangerous if left unchecked, so if you suspect you may have an issue with your plumbing, do not hesitate to contact Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548. Our experienced technicians can detect even miniscule sewer and water line issues. Visit our website to learn more about our comprehensive plumbing services for the Sacramento area.

Searching for More Water Heater Resources?

Here are a few helpful websites and articles with more information on Tankless water heaters and hiring a professional plumber. For 24-hour plumbing services in the Sacramento area, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548.

 

  • Are you not sure whether your need to hire a professional plumber? Here are six scenarios in which a professional plumber is essential.
  • To learn how tankless water heaters work, visit EnergySavers.gov.
  • Here’s an article from Pitt County Women’s Journal on when to hire a professional plumbing service.
  • Take a look at this article from Builder News on the many benefits of tankless water heaters.
  • For more information on how tankless water heaters can help you stay comfortable at home, visit GreenBuildingAdvisor.com.

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