Expert Water Heater Repair & Replacement
When you rely on us for water heater repair or water heater replacement, you can expect professional service from a skilled plumber. We offer 24-hour emergency water heater service, so you will have hot water again as quickly as possible—the same day in most cases.
If a replacement water heater is necessary, one of our water heater experts will help you determine which one is right for your home and budget, taking into consideration your family’s water heating needs and energy usage expectations. Most any type or brand can be installed, including a tankless water heater.
Types Of Water Heaters
Conventional Water Heater
Conventional water heaters store water in a tank and are available in a variety of gallon capacities. Electric or gas energy is required to maintain the water at a set temperature until a faucet is turned on and water is pulled through the pipe. A conventional electric or gas water heater should last about 11 years. Newer conventional water heaters are more energy efficient than older models. A high-efficiency model can reduce water heating bills by about 7 percent.
Tankless Water Heater
A tankless water heater is generally considered more energy efficient because they heat water only as it is needed. When the tap is turned on, the heater goes to work and supplies continuous hot water. A tankless water heater often requires less space and can hang on a wall, but may require larger gas lines, special venting or additional electric circuits that add to the upfront costs. However, a tankless water heater has a life expectancy of 15-20 years and may reduce water heating bills by as much as 30 percent.
Sump pumps will solve most basement flooding and leaking issues as they are designed to remove water from basements and crawlspaces.
What is a Sump Pump?
A sump pump is a submersible pump that sits at the bottom of a sump pit, which is typically installed at the lowest point in your basement or crawl space. Ground water surrounding your home’s foundation is channeled into a perimeter drain system installed at the base of the foundation. Water finds its way into the perforated drainpipes and is quickly diverted to the sump pit. The sump pump, which is triggered by a float switch, removes the water by pumping it to the nearest storm drain, dry well or detention pond. A sump pump turns on only when water inside the sump pit reaches a pre-determined level.
Most new homes are equipped with sump pumps but older homes can be retrofitted with a sump system to prevent basement flooding. Our plumbers are experts at sump pump installation and repair.
Sump Pump Installation
Sump pumps can be hard-wired into a home’s electrical system or be plugged into an outlet. Many sump pumps are equipped with a battery backup to ensure that the pump will work when the power is out, such as during a severe storm when it’s especially important that water is pumped away from your home.
If your home experiences a power outage out for an extended period, frequent power outages or if your primary sump pump fails, a battery backup sump pump or one of many water powered backup systems (that use your home’s water supply pressure to remove water from the sump pit) will protect your basement from water damage. A Lakeside plumber can present several backup options.
Sump Pump Maintenance
Test your sump pump regularly to make sure it will operate when the next big downpour occurs. Test it by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit. The pump should turn on, remove the water from the pit and shut itself off in a matter of seconds. Ensure that the float and the check valve move freely.
To clean your sump pit, remove any dirt, sand, gravel and other debris to increase the pump’s efficiency and prolong its life. Ensure that the discharge line opening is free of obstructions so that water can be pumped through the line and out of your basement or crawlspace. If you don’t want to do this yourself, our team of experts is happy to help with your sump pump maintenance.
Sump Pump Replacement and Repair
Like any equipment with moving parts, sump pumps will wear out over time and will need to be replaced. There is no general rule on how often a sump pump should be replaced since it depends on how often the pump operates. If your sump pump is not working, call in our experts to assess the situation. We also can help with any basement leak repairs that have occurred due to a broken sump pump.
Consider a Battery Backup
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