Water Heater Troubleshooting Guide

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How to Troubleshoot Your Electric Water Heater

A number of problems can plague conventional water heaters and force the household into a standstill until repaired. Use this guide to help figure out what’s going wrong with your unit. If your electric water heater has:

An inadequate amount of hot water

  • Turn the thermostat up a degree. Use caution and make only gradual increases in temperature. Hot water scalds.
  • Confirm the water heater is large enough for your needs. If not, get a bigger one.
  • Turn off the power at the circuit breaker or fuse box and check for loose wiring and bad connections.
  • Check the elements.
  • Check the fill tube and dip.

Hot water at first, but it quickly runs out

  • Check for a buildup of sediment.
  • Turn off the power at the circuit or fuse box and check the wire connections.
  • Check the elements, thermostats, and beginning temperature. If the temperature reading is incorrect, then your heater will malfunction.

No hot water

  • Check the circuit breaker or fuse box.
  • Check the water heater power.
  • Find the reset button and push it.
  • Confirm that the upper element and thermostat are working.

Water that’s too hot

  • Turn down the thermostat.
  • Inspect the thermostat function and look for grounded elements.
  • Check that the thermostat fits tightly to the water heater.

Troubleshooting Your Gas Water Heater

Both electric and gas water heaters can present similar symptoms when something is going wrong. However, depending on the problem, there are different ways to remedy the situation. When your gas water heater has:

An inadequate amount of hot water

  • Turn the thermostat up a degree. Be careful not to increase the heat too much. Hot water will scald.
  • Get a bigger or more powerful water heater. If you often run out of hot water, you may need a new and larger unit.
  • Clean the burner orifice if it’s clogged.
  • Check the gas pressure. Call the gas company to help you with a gas pressure problem.

No hot water

  • Check to see if the pilot light is on. If the pilot is out, you or a professional will need to relight it.
  • Read the gas meter and check the gas cutoff valve. If the gas isn’t on, contact your gas company.

A pilot light that keeps going out

  • Check that the thermocouple probe tip is inside the pilot flame. Also, make sure the thermocouple is wound tightly at the control valve. Check for twists. If everything seems in working order, but the light won’t stay on, you may need to replace the thermocouple.
  • Check the gas control valve. There’s no repairing a gas control valve. If it malfunctions, it has to be replaced.
  • Check the main burner. You might need to clean or unclog it.
  • Check the weather. Pilot lights can go out when wind gusts create downdrafts from the flue.

A pilot light that won’t ignite even though the gas is on

  • The pilot orifice may be clogged. Clean it.
  • The pilot supply line could be blocked or bent. It may need to be replaced.
  • The gas line might contain air. Remove air from the line by holding down the pilot button. Try re-igniting the pilot light. The first attempt at relighting might fail. Try at least twice.

Vancouver, WA Water Heater Repair

If you’ve come this far, you must be committed to fixing or troubleshooting your water heater. The good news is that if you prefer a technician coming to inspect and make specific recommendations for you instead of doing it yourself, you can schedule that! After all, who doesn’t love to save time and energy? On the other hand, if you’ve tried all of these methods and your water heater is still having issues, it might just need to be repaired or replaced. Most water heaters have a lifespan of 8 to 12 years, so it’s not uncommon to begin seeing issues within that time frame.

With over 35 years of experience, Simpson Plumbing is prepared to make any of the necessary repairs to keeping your water heater healthy and continue serving you or install a new one if your water heater has run its course. Be sure to view our water heater special, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

Three Reasons to Get a Bathroom Remodel

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Bathroom Remodel with S&S Construction and Remodel

If you’ve been hesitating about investing into a bathroom remodel, hesitate no longer! We’re here to explain the reasons why it’s important to consider. And ultimately, with home being a popular space (especially now), it’s no doubt worth the investment. Here they are:

  • To get more space. In many cases, bathrooms are too crowded, especially if you have less room to work with. However, when you remodel your bathroom, you get a clean slate, and you can greatly benefit from a better use of space. You can choose from new furniture and fixture choices that look great and take up less room so that you can make the most out of the space that you have. If you’ve got the budget for it, you may consider changing the layout of your bathroom completely for a totally new look and feel.
  • To create a place for relaxation. Why not create an oasis that you can relax in after a tough day? Remodeling gives you the ability to go beyond just function in the bathroom. You can turn it into a retreat to enjoy each day. With the right fixtures, décor, and a great tub, your bathroom can become one of the best places to relax and soothe away the stress of the day. (Don’t forget the candles!)
  • To increase home value. Homebuyers are very often impressed by a contemporary bathroom in a home for sale, so make a great investment for the long term by keeping your bathroom modern. Even small changes, such as updating the bathroom sink to a modern design, adding a vanity mirror and replacing handles and knobs with a chrome finish can push prospective buyers over the edge and encourage higher offers.

Bathroom Remodels in Vancouver, WA 

If you’re looking for a plumber to help with your project, Simpson Plumbing is here for you. We’re happy to work with the contractor of your choice, and take care of the plumbing side of things. It’s always important to hire professionals when you’re making major changes in your home, to ensure it looks and works great from the inside out. Also, decreasing the likeliness of needing repairs after a short period. Contact Simpson Plumbing  today!

Find Your Water Shut Off: Where to Look & How to Turn it Off

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One of the most important things to know about the plumbing in your home is the location of your water shut off valve. That’s because this valve controls the water flow to the entire house. If you find your home being flooded, you need to know where the water shut off is so you can prevent serious water damage. Or, maybe you notice your water bills have increased and you think you may have a leak, shutting off the water and calling a plumber to locate and take care of it will be less money and water wasted for you. No matter the season, you can mitigate water damage by knowing where your shut off is and how to turn it off/on. 

Places to Look for Your Water Shut Off 

Below is a list of some of the common places to look for your home’s water shut off. It is often located near the front of the house on an interior wall, where the water comes in from the water meter. However, if it’s not found in any of the places listed, it might be in the water meter box itself near the street. Accessing the meter box may require extra tools, and caution not touch anything on the city side.

  • Basement
  • Utility Room
  • Crawl Space
  • Garage

What a Water Shut Off Looks Like

There are two main kinds of valves that are used for the water shut off: ball valves and gate valves. A ball valve looks like a lever; you need to turn it perpendicular to turn off the water. The photo shows the ball valve position for the water turned on. Gate valves are circular and you turn them clockwise to discontinue the water. 

How To Prevent Water Damage 

FLO by Moen, is a great way to prevent water damage and catch leaks early. The device is installed on the main water line and functions as the shut off. A much smarter one of course, since it can automatically shuts off the water if it senses abnormal activity. For instance, if you’re out of town and forget to shut the water off, you can have peace of mind that FLO will if necessary. You can also see your home’s water pressure, temperature, etc. on the app, no matter where you are. And we’re happy to remind you that we are offering $100 OFF a FLO installation! You can call (360)216-0899 to learn more

What you need to have FLO installed:

  • FLO
  • Wifi
  • Power Supply
  • Smart Phone (to be able to use the app)

Simpson Plumbing: Your Local Plumber in Camas 

Our team at Simpson Plumbing is here to help you take care of your home. We’re not here to just fix plumbing issues; we’re here to make important plumbing knowledge accessible to you as a homeowner. So that you can take the necessary steps to prevent plumbing disasters. As always, don’t hesitate to give us all if you have any questions or if you have any plumbing concerns.

Summer is Here! Keep Water in Lakes & Out of the House

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Just like that, it’s officially summer! And no matter what your vacation plans look like, whether you’re keeping it local with trips to the farmer’s market or spending time in the great outdoors, we want you to have peace of mind that you won’t come back to any unwanted surprises; specifically water damage. 

If you don’t live in a flood zone, the likeliness of your home flooding due to natural causes is probably unlikely. However, that doesn’t mean your home is completely immune to floods or some sort of water damage. Some common causes for home floods include: 

  • Cracked or broken pipes (indoor and outdoor)
  • Leaky water heater
  • Faulty washing machine hoses
  • Worn or defective seals on plumbing pipes and fixtures
  • Toilets running and overflowing
  • Dishwashers (defective, broken, or just worn out)
  • Defective fixtures
  • Sprinkler lines

Not far fetched at all, right? Unfortunately, 37% of homeowners have suffered from water damage and it’s said that 98% of basements will experience some sort of water damage throughout their life. Now, the purpose of this blog is not to be grim whatsoever! Our goal is always to empower homeowners to take care of their home. So here are a few things know. 

Preventative maintenance is a very important component to taking care of the home. And it’s a big benefit of our Service Plan; designed to prevent plumbing disasters. It’s important to know what needs regular maintenance, as well as taking steps to ensure that.

Water Heaters: look at it! We know it’s usually tucked away and out of sight, but inspect it for rust at the top and make sure to drain and flush to maintain health and longevity. 

Pipes: insulating pipes during cold winters will prevent cracking, which easily turn into leaks. 

Leaks: wasteful and expensive just about sums it up. If you even think you may have a leak, it’s worth getting it inspected. We actually know of a device that will do some of that work for you and let you know when your plumbing needs your attention. 

FLO by Moen 

FLO by Moen, a smart water shut off deviceFLO by Moen, is a smart water shut off device that’s installed on your main water supply line and monitors all water activity. And perhaps the best part, is that you have access to all of this information on your phone through the FLO app. It can shut off water supply if it senses a leak and will notify you if there are areas that may be indicative of a leak forming. You can also shut the water off through the app. Impressive, we know! 

And it does much more which you can watch and learn here. 


Here To Help

Bottom line, this is a great way to prevent your home from flooding and paying thousands of dollars for water damage restoration. And we are offering $100 OFF an installation of these! Just call (360) 216-0899 and mention the offer. As always, we’re only a call away and are more than happy to help.  

Garbage Disposal Clogged? Here’s What You Can Do

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One of the best ways to take care of your garbage disposal is to avoid putting foods in that aren’t meant for it. It’s important to remember that garbage disposals are not trash cans; you can’t throw everything in there (unfortunately). Otherwise, you will end up with a clog. Here are some foods that are safe to send down.acceptable food for garbage disposal: meat scraps, fruits scraps, citrus rinds, vegetable scraps

With summer upon us and future barbecues and celebrations ahead, the last thing we want you to worry about is a plumbing problem like a clogged garbage disposal. Especially when you really need it to work! So here’s a quick list of what to avoid putting down the garbage disposal and we’ll discuss further what you can do if it’s clogged.

How to Clear a Clogged Garbage Disposal

1. Safety first. Make sure you turn off the garbage disposal. The power switch is usually located nearby in the cabinet below the sink. And don’t forget to disconnect the actual garbage disposal chord from the power outlet.

2. If the garbage disposal isn’t making any noise, it simply might not be getting power to the outlet. Try resetting the breaker. If it’s making a humming noise, it’s most likely jammed by an object. So we continue.

3. Grab a flashlight and some pliers, and take a look into the garbage disposal opening. If it’s something obvious that’s stuck (like a fork), then removing that should fix the issue. Sometimes it’s caps, pieces of glass, little rocks, random debris etc., which require extra caution. For your safety, avoid putting hands down the garbage disposal, even if it’s off. And if you are having trouble removing the object yourself, we will gladly help. 

4. If the garbage disposal still doesn’t work, you might need to reset and manually grind (using a small wrench). Here’s how

Not Having It? We Have Your Back

If at this point you lose interest or just want someone else to handle it, don’t worry, the experts at Simpson Plumbing are more than happy to help! Or maybe you’ve gone through all of the steps and it’s still not budging. That might mean you’re due for a new garbage disposal. It’s not uncommon, especially if you’ve been living in your home for a while and never replaced it. No matter what, there’s peace of mind when you know that a professional is taking care of the problem. (As well as a sense of relief when you don’t have to look at the grime in your garbage disposal and fish out the culprit, if any.) Over the 40 years of being in business, Simpson Plumbing has seen it all, and we’re prepared! Let us know if you need your garbage disposal repaired or replaced. 

cleaning supplies on hardwood floor

Spring Cleaning: Plumbing Edition

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We all know the phrase that makes its way into conversation when spring rolls around: spring cleaning — the time where you clear out all the unnecessary stuff, deep clean, and organize, etc. A transforming time for your home, really. Well, as we are in this unique season of having to stay home with more and more time on our hands and with no way of getting around spring cleaning, we wanted to share some spring plumbing cleaning you can do while you’re at home. 

Keeping Your Kitchen Tidy and Functional

When it comes to this space, functionality is everything. A kitchen that only looks nice but doesn’t work isn’t much help. One of the most common plumbing kitchen problems is clogged drains. So to keep your drains working properly, here are some ways to prevent them from getting clogged and some things to try if they are. 

To Prevent Clogs:

  1. Don’t put fats, oils, grease, potato peels, fibrous vegetables, coffee grounds, pasta, etc., down the drain. All of those, especially the first three, are a big no-no if you want to avoid calling a plumber. So make sure those are disposed of properly: in the trash. 
  2. Sani Sticks are thin rods with enzymes that work to absorb and dissolve matter. You just place it down the drain, and it works through the products you dispose of. Great for maintaining a clean drain, but it is not meant to dissolve a pre-existing clog. 

How to Clear a Clogged Kitchen Drain:

You might’ve heard about baking soda being the magical ingredient found in almost every household and able to do wonders. Well, it is definitely multipurpose and has incredible capabilities due to its deodorizing and neutralizing qualities. Most importantly, it’s safe, which is why it’s used for scrubbing kitchens, neutralizing the trash smell, and more. 

If your kitchen drain is stuck, try mixing baking soda and salt (ratio of 2:1) and then pouring it down the drain. Let it sit for a couple of hours to allow it to pull and soften the gunk stuck on the inside of the pipe. Then wash it down with hot water. Do not use boiling water, as it can loosen joints on the PVC pipe and disfigure the garbage disposal. If that doesn’t clear it, calling a plumber to snake the drain is the next best thing — not pouring chemicals. When you use harsh chemicals to clear a clog, it can weaken the pipe itself and then cause more issues going forward. It’s not a plumbing solution if it works at the expense of your actual plumbing.  

Keeping Your Bathroom Clean

We’re plumbers so we might be biased, but a clean and beautiful bathroom makes a house that much more amazing. It’s what we notice. Who doesn’t love walking in and seeing a clean tile floor, stylish vanity with the right kind of sink and nice fixtures. That’s right, we all love it. Yet again, you can’t enjoy it if something isn’t working. Let’s talk about it. 

Say Goodbye to Slow Shower Drains

Slow shower drains are not uncommon and are pretty annoying. They are usually caused by hair getting stuck in the drain. That’s why we recommend that if you have hair, install a “hair catcher” (especially if you don’t have a drain cover; even then, it’s super handy).

If you are experiencing slow shower drains you can take some tweezers or a thin metal line to pick out hair that might’ve gotten stuck. It’s not the most pleasant sight; no one will argue with you about that! But it’s an effective and safe way of clearing a blockage. If there is a serious clog, having a plumber snake it will be the best solution (if you have already tried the baking soda method as discussed previously). 

A Word About Sinks

Similar advice applies to bathroom sinks. You won’t be putting a hair catcher in the drain. However, resist the urge to wash whatever you see down. After blow-drying, getting ready, whatever it is, there’s usually some hair on the counters and sink. The natural thing is to wash it down with water, right? We wish. It might seem like harmless hair, but you wash enough of it down and it will clog the sink. We’ve seen it, and it’s just better not to. 

Don’t Forget The Fixtures

Both kitchens and bathrooms have plenty of fixtures, so that’s yet another thing to clean. However, it’s not solely for appearance’s sake. Making sure to sanitize is even more important as fixtures we often touch become germ central. Think about it: Every time you go to turn on the faucet, the germs on your hands gladly make their way over and conglomerate on the faucet handle. Same thing with opening doors, turning on lights, etc. Therefore, it’s essential that cleaning is accompanied by sanitizing. 

Simpson Plumbing is Here to Help

As always, we’re here to help you take care of your home and the plumbing in it. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us! We hope that you have a satisfying clean and take some time to put preventative measures in place to maintain the health of your plumbing. Speaking of which, our Service Plan helps you do that with a team dedicated to keeping your plumbing in tip-top shape. Make sure to take a look! 

Save money and water with a hybrid water heater

What You Need To Know About Hybrid Water Heaters And Saving Money

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Need a new water heater? If yes, this is for you! If not, well, you’ll probably need one down the road so it’ll still be good to know this information. Learn how you can start saving money and energy and what resources are available for you! 

Heat Pump Water Heaters (aka Hybrids)

Heat pump water heaters are known to be perhaps the most efficient water heaters. They pull heat from the surrounding area and heat the water within the tank. This saves a significant amount of energy since they’re using the heat from outside to heat the water, instead of using energy to generate heat itself (like standard water heaters). It is also worth mentioning that heat pump water heaters are also known as hybrid water heaters. A lot of vocabulary gets circulated around, so for your convenience, just know that HPWH (heat pump water heaters) and hybrid water heaters are the same and can be used interchangeably. 

Benefits of Heat Pump Water Heaters

Energy Savings: We mentioned how efficiency and significant savings come from the fact that the HPWH uses outside air to heat the water versus using electricity. And because it does so, it also cools the space that it’s in. So, during the summer when you have AC running, you won’t have to worry about costs incurred for spaces that you’re not using often (basement, garage, etc.).

Installation: The installation for HPWHs is very similar to others, while tankless water heaters often need new venting, gas lines, and more. So if you’re looking for less hassle, this is a great choice.

Other Details to Consider

You may be thinking, what’s the catch? None really. Just various factors that are important to remember when considering a hybrid water heater. 

Space: Hybrid water heaters are larger than others, so you need to make sure that you have the space for it. It generally won’t fit in a small closet, where some people might have theirs. 

Cost: Fact is, these water heaters are more expensive. However, they can save you an average of $300 per year. Not only will that help you recuperate your investment, but it also saves energy. 

Good News: There’s a Rebate

Clark Public Utilities offers a $150 rebate for qualified Tier 1 Heat Pump Water Heaters, a $300 rebate for Tier 2, 3, and 4 HPWHs installed in new construction or those replacing electrical storage water heaters in homes. The Clark Public Utilities website offers a list of what qualifies you for a rebate. 

You may be wondering what qualifying Tier 1, 2, 3, 4 HPWHs are. The answer is simple. These are various water heater brands and models divided between tiers. The Clark Public Utilities has a list of these that you can view to help you determine what to look/ask for. To qualify for a rebate, the hybrid water heater you get installed would need to be on this list

We’re Here To Help

Some need friends. Some need plumbers. Just know that you have a friendly plumber in us! Simpson Plumbing has been proudly serving the community since 1981, and as you can imagine, has installed countless water heaters. We want you to have the hot water you need and the optimal water heater to heat it. Which is why we are offering you savings of $150 OFFwater heater installation (members of our Service Plan get an additional 15% off) or $50 OFF a water heater flush. So if you’re ready to save money and energy, we look forward to hearing from you. 

Flowers budding in spring to illustrate spring plumbing tips

5 Spring Plumbing Maintenance Tips

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Ready For Some Spring … Plumbing?

Modern plumbing systems are the successful end products of decades upon decades of research and development. Continuous refinement and improvements include not just the techniques and best practices of the plumbers themselves but of the materials with which those plumbers do their work. From the early days of lead pipes, all the way through more modern variations, such as galvanized steel, copper, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and cross-linked polyethylene (PEX), the plumbing trade has seen a steady march toward sturdier and more efficient methods.

That’s why most homeowners can go many years without having anything too disastrous happen with their plumbing systems. It’s also why plumbers have become something more like a technician than a fittings-and-washers installer. Years of rigorous and sustained testing has finally delivered to the American homeowner plumbing systems that are reliable and eco-friendly.

Still, as we all know, if something can go wrong, it will. Despite all that technological advancement and increasing industry know-how, plumbers still urge property owners to undertake a few simple measures to ensure that their plumbing systems are built to last and working as intended. It doesn’t take a plumbing master to do these things, either. Anyone can partake in these check-up activities — even people with zero plumbing experience.

If you’ve got a flashlight, you can perform spring plumbing maintenance. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With that in mind, here are a few spring plumbing maintenance tips that should help keep your plumbing system in tip-top shape. Think of this as your Plumbing Spring Cleaning Guide!

5 Spring Plumbing Maintenance Tips

  1. Consider your water consumption. Does your water bill continue to increase year over year. This may be because of inefficient plumbing fixtures rather than inflation. Consider installing low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets. Simpson Plumbing can help. Contact us today with any questions!
  2. Check for leaks. Check all your home’s faucets — inside and out. Also check any visible pipes — for example, those under your kitchen and bathroom sinks. If you see water anywhere, let us know, and we’ll diagnose the problem and get it fixed.
  3. Give it the smell test. Do you smell something that seems like mold or mildew — or just generally a wet or moist smell coming from somewhere that you can’t see? That may be a sign of a leaky pipe inside your walls. If you think that may be the case, call Simpson Plumbing. We can do video inspections of your plumbing system!
  4. Check your drains for clogs. This is especially important if you notice that some of your sinks are draining more slowly than usual. Drain cleaners can be purchased at the supermarket and are easy to use. Remember to read the directions carefully.
  5. Consider your water heater. Depending on the make and model — as well as its age — you may want to drain some water from your water heater. This is to help prevent sediment from building up inside. As always, contact Simpson Plumbing with any questions. Think it might be time for a new water heater? We perform expert water heater installations.

At Simpson Plumbing, we’re happy to help diagnose and fix problems with your plumbing system. Contact us today to get started!

Why Does A Water Heater Need A Flush?

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When it comes to the home, there are so many things and ways to maintain that it gets a bit overwhelming. And naturally, we just forget! Let’s take water heaters for an example. We use hot water every day, yet we forget about the very thing that heats it for us. Unless of course, it starts malfunctioning and not producing hot water. Fortunately, one simple way to maintain a healthy water heater and prolong its life is to get it drained and flushed. Not only do manufacturers recommend it once a year, it’s also important for the health of your water heater.

Simpson Plumbing? Here For You

Whether your water heater is producing cold bursts, increasing your energy bill or none of the above, you have trusted plumbers ready to help you. Our goal is to empower homeowners like you to take care of your home — starting with some of the essentials, such as your water heater. Our Service Plan offers a complimentary water heater drain and flush at every yearly home inspection so you know that your water heater will be operating efficiently. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you need us. We’ve been proudly serving the plumbing needs of our community since 1981.

Water Heater Installation Requirements

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Don’t you love a nice hot shower in the morning, or a bath in the evening? We think the answer is probably yes all around. That’s all thanks to water heaters, which are one of the home’s necessities.

There are some installation requirements that it’s important to be aware of when getting a water heater installed or replaced. Why? Water heaters are powerful (after all, they do heat water for your entire house) and can cause big-time property damage if not installed correctly. However, Simpson Plumbing can take care of that for you, as installing water heaters is one of our main services. With that said, here are the top five things every home owner should review with a plumber.

Water Heater in Vancouver Home

What You Need To Know About Water Heater Installation

  1. Type of tank: There are three main types of water heaters, including conventional, hybrid, and tankless. Conventional water heaters use gas/electricity to keep a full supply of hot water. Hybrids use air pump technology to heat water and tankless water heaters heat water on demand.
  2. Size of tank: This is determined based on the size of your home along with the current and future use of water.

  3. Location of tank: Where you put the water heater is just as important as having one. Due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, water heaters are not to be installed in bedrooms, closets, or bathrooms. A perimeter of at least 24-in is required around the water heater, and if it is placed in the garage, there must be a protective barrier before it. If the water heater is inside or somewhere damage can occur, a pan is to be placed underneath the water heater, connected to a drain line. Don’t worry, our technicians can always guide you in where to place a water heater.

  4. Electrical/gas/other requirements of tank: Everything must be exact when it comes to the electrical aspects. So gas and water pipes need to be bound with wire and clamps to the ground system. Moreover, depending on the pressure in your house, the plumber will advise whether a pressure regulating valve is necessary or not. Expansion tanks are another thing (there’s a lot, we know!). When the water heats up, it expands and the water pressure increases. If a home has a closed plumbing system, the water can’t flow back to the main water supply system because it’s blocked. This causes unnecessary strain on the water heater and can decrease its lifespan. The expansion tank holds that extra water that expands as a result of heating.

  5. Warranty: There are various warranty options to consider, depending on how long you want your water heater to last. These should be discussed with the plumber.

Other Things to Consider

A permit may be necessary to replace a hot water heater, depending on where you live. Some counties require them, others don’t; the plumbing technician will be able to tell you.

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, earthquake straps are a definite requirement, in order to secure the water heater to prevent it from tipping over in case of a natural disaster.

Consider insulating pipes that transport your water. That can save you money and energy.  When pipes that transport fluids, such as water aren’t insulated, it can create temperature inconsistency. In other words, your water heater would need to take more energy to heat up water, than if it were a bit warmer already. And that’s more money out of your pocket. Pipe insulation helps mitigate the difference in water temperatures.

What Simpson Plumbing Can Do For You

Now that you know about some of the requirements, you can be confident that as your plumber we’ll take care of all of the necessary details. Being in the plumbing industry for over 30 years, we know the ins and outs and are ready to answer any questions you may have and get the work done.

Contact us at (360) 834-5311 and let us know how we can be of service to you.