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By 7017274853 08 Nov, 2017
 

Water Heater Danger

A poorly maintained water heater can be a time bomb literally!

Water heaters are often taken for granted. Once installed, we tend to forget about them. They sit there and quietly perform their function without much attention. We usually ignore them until there is trouble.

The average life of a residential water heater is 10 years. Some fail in as little as six years and yes, we have seen water heater from the 1980s that are still working “ without leaks. But we always recommend changing your water heater when it reaches the 10 year mark as preventative maintenance.

When water heaters fail they can cause a lot of damage. This is usually caused by rust. You may get home one day to find water running out all over the basement . If you don't have boxes of cherished photographs stored around your water heater, you may escape any real loss. That is the best case scenario. But water heaters can fail with catastrophic and expensive consequences. Hot water can spray out from a ruptured tank and dissolve the drywall around it. Hot water can find its way into your house and ruin flooring, furniture, drywall, computer towers, and anything that may be on the floor.

A more dangerous failure is when the water heater burner does not shut off. Not only can the excess heat set your house on fire, it can also raise the temperature “ and thus the pressure“ of the water inside the tank which can cause the tank to explode.

That is why all water heaters should must have a safety valve to prevent it from exploding. The valve is called a Temperature and Pressure Relief valve or TPR valve. This valve releases the pressure if it is too great so that the tank does not explode. Unfortunately these valves sometimes leak and homeowners cap them to stop the leak.   

Review:
The boiling point of water is 212 degrees F at sea level. However if you heat water in a sealed tank, it cannot boil and just becomes super-heated and the pressure builds. When the pressure builds enough to rupture the tank, the super-heated water instantly turns to steam. This instantaneous conversion from water to steam is amazingly powerful since the volume of water expands 1,600 times when it turns to steam. This rapid conversion of water into steam causes the violent explosions seen in the video below.

Watch the guys from the TV show Myth Busters turn a water heater into a rocket.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bU-I2ZiML0


If your water heater is more than 10 years old, and you do not have a soft water unit, or have not had it serviced ever contact us to help you prevent you from taking a cold shower for no reason. 

By 7017274853 08 Nov, 2017
 

Water Heater Danger

A poorly maintained water heater can be a time bomb literally!

Water heaters are often taken for granted. Once installed, we tend to forget about them. They sit there and quietly perform their function without much attention. We usually ignore them until there is trouble.

The average life of a residential water heater is 10 years. Some fail in as little as six years and yes, we have seen water heater from the 1980s that are still working “ without leaks. But we always recommend changing your water heater when it reaches the 10 year mark as preventative maintenance.

When water heaters fail they can cause a lot of damage. This is usually caused by rust. You may get home one day to find water running out all over the basement . If you don't have boxes of cherished photographs stored around your water heater, you may escape any real loss. That is the best case scenario. But water heaters can fail with catastrophic and expensive consequences. Hot water can spray out from a ruptured tank and dissolve the drywall around it. Hot water can find its way into your house and ruin flooring, furniture, drywall, computer towers, and anything that may be on the floor.

A more dangerous failure is when the water heater burner does not shut off. Not only can the excess heat set your house on fire, it can also raise the temperature “ and thus the pressure“ of the water inside the tank which can cause the tank to explode.

That is why all water heaters should must have a safety valve to prevent it from exploding. The valve is called a Temperature and Pressure Relief valve or TPR valve. This valve releases the pressure if it is too great so that the tank does not explode. Unfortunately these valves sometimes leak and homeowners cap them to stop the leak.   

Review:
The boiling point of water is 212 degrees F at sea level. However if you heat water in a sealed tank, it cannot boil and just becomes super-heated and the pressure builds. When the pressure builds enough to rupture the tank, the super-heated water instantly turns to steam. This instantaneous conversion from water to steam is amazingly powerful since the volume of water expands 1,600 times when it turns to steam. This rapid conversion of water into steam causes the violent explosions seen in the video below.

Watch the guys from the TV show Myth Busters turn a water heater into a rocket.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bU-I2ZiML0


If your water heater is more than 10 years old, and you do not have a soft water unit, or have not had it serviced ever contact us to help you prevent you from taking a cold shower for no reason. 

By 7017274853 20 Oct, 2017
 

Why drain cleaning is so important

All homes and businesses throughout the United States rely on intricate drain systems to dispose waste water effectively. Often, the build up of contaminants in the drains make waste water disposal impossible. If you experience problems like this in your home or business, you should contact the professionals at Gretna Plumbing and Drain Services. Our plumbing professionals possess both the experience and the tools to do drain cleaning properly and quickly. No drain cleaning problem is ever too small to ignore when it comes to your plumbing system.

Warning signs of a clogged drain

Although most of the drain system is hidden, there are still many obvious warning signs that drain cleaning is necessary. Even minor clogs in drains can cause serious problems to the entire plumbing system if left alone and not fixed in time. While some of the clogs seem inconvenient and nothing to worry about, like a slow draining bath tub or sink, they should be taken care of as soon as possible to prevent damage to the entire drain system. Properly maintaining and protecting your drains means getting them professionally cleaned at the first sign of a plumbing problem.

Why is My Drain Clogged?

There are many reasons why a drain becomes blocked or clogged. In kitchen sinks, the most common cause is food and grease, while in bathtubs, the most common cause is hair and soap build up. Regardless of the cause of the slow drainage, sewer and drain blockages, in time, will cause damage to the entire draining system. Clogged pipes can affect the pressure balance in the whole plumbing system throughout the mouse or business, which can then lead to cracked or even burst pipes.

If you have clogged drains, or drain cleaning issues in your home or business contact us at 402 991 2770



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