Many of Vancouver’s neighborhoods were built at the turn of the 20th century, and the plumbing systems present unique challenges to homeowners. Old pipes and plumbing fixtures can create major headaches as outdated pipes are comprised of materials long abandoned by modern home builders. Older neighborhoods, such as Officer’s Row, Carter Park and much of west Vancouver often have been dealing with their home plumbing systems for years.
We’ve all been there. You’ve just hopped in the shower, ready to relax and take your own sweet time. Once a few minutes have passed by, however, your water starts to get freezing cold.
Your water heater is shot.
Nothing is more annoying than a water heater that no longer heats your water. Whether it has sprung a leak or reached the end of its natural life, sometimes it becomes more economical to replace the whole thing rather than repair parts. Here are some tips on what you should look out for when choosing a new unit and replacing it.
Hybrid heat pumps water heaters help you save money and energy. We recommend the Rheem Professional Prestige Hybrid Electric water heater. We’ve been installing Rheem water heaters for years. Our clients love the quality and efficiency of these units.
Water heaters are essential to everyday living in your home. They ensure your Vancouver, Washington home has plenty of water for hot showers, baths and clean dishes. Hot water also kills bacteria and viruses. But how hot is too hot? If your water heater temperature is too high, you risk getting injured. If it’s too low, germs could grow in the tank.
Going tiny is big in Washington and Oregon. In Portland, a shortage of affordable housing has led homeowners to build so-called accessory dwellings units (ADUs) on standard city lots. These are small residences that are sometimes called in-law units.
Pipes must slope slightly downhill to drain properly. The standard slope is anywhere from ¼ inch to 3 inches per square foot. An accurate calculation is essential for properly functioning plumbing. A pipe that doesn’t slope enough, won’t drain. A pipe that slopes too much drains water but not solids. If you’re installing a drain pipe, here’s an easy way to figure out the slope for a drain pipe.