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

By | Blog, Plumbing

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

By | Blog, Plumbing

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.

What not to put down the garbage disposal

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

By | Blog, Plumbing

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

By | Blog, Plumbing

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

By | Blog, Plumbing

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?

By | Blog, Plumbing

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.

Water Heater Flush Infographic

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.

Black and white Art Illustration of outdoor faucet

How To Repair A Leaky Outdoor Faucet

By | Plumbing

Outdoor Faucet Leaking?

Knowing how to repair a leaky outdoor faucet is one of those tasks that can be extremely helpful for the average homeowner. In many cases — not all, mind you, but many — the fix is as easy as checking and tightening a nut. Sometimes, however, the diagnosis is not so easily obtained and the fix isn’t so easy to come by — at least not for those who don’t work as a plumber full time.

In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the basics of checking for and repairing a leaky outdoor water faucet (also known as a hose bib or hose bibbs). If you’ve had an outdoor faucet that’s been leaking for a while, then fixing the problem should do wonders for your water bill — not to mention the environment.

Please keep in mind that this piece provides just an overview of how to diagnose and repair a leaky faucet. As we alluded to in that first paragraph up there, there may be more than meets the eye when it comes to fixing a leaky outdoor faucet. If that’s the case, then you’re always going to be in good shape if you contact Simpson Plumbing. We’re happy to help diagnose the problem and propose solutions that will solve the problem — whatever it may be.

But if the fix is easy — and we’re hoping it is! — then here are the steps for how to repair a leaky outdoor faucet.

How To Repair A Leaky Outdoor Faucet

First off, you’ll probably need a pair of pliers or a sturdy adjustable wrench to perform the fix outlined here. Outdoor faucets can begin to drip over time because the packing nut has come loose. If that’s the case, then you’ll almost certainly notice that water is leaking from the handle. To stop an outdoor faucet from leaking, take your pliers or adjustable wrench and tighten the packing nut that’s located just below the faucet handle. Remember to turn it in a clockwise direction about halfway — righty-tighty, lefty-loosey!

If the faucet is still leaking after you’ve tightened it, then it’s probably because the rubber washer has worn away. This process is a little more involved and requires you to not only buy a replacement washer but to also shut off the water supply going to the faucet. Then you’ll need to unscrew that packing nut (lefty-loosey!) and pull the handle and valve stem out from the faucet. (The valve stem is sometimes surprisingly long FYI!)

Time to Call Simpson?

(Note: If you’re reading this and already thinking this might be a good time to call a plumber, then it’s probably a good time to call a plumber. Call Simpson Plumbing right away! We’re here to help.)

Still here? Ready to carry on? OK, now that the water flow has been stopped, you’ll want to remove the screw on the end of that stem; this screw holds the washer in place. Go ahead and replace the old washer with the new one. Then tighten that screw, re-insert the stem into the faucet housing, and re-tighten the packing nut. Finally, turn the water on again, and check for leaks or drips.

If that fix doesn’t solve the problem, then it’s possible that the valve will have to be replaced. In this case, we’re just gonna go ahead and say it’s definitely absolutely time to call Simpson Plumbing.

Simpson: Your Vancouver Plumber

Since 1981, Simpson Plumbing has been delivering quality plumbing services in and around Vancouver, Camas, and the rest of Southwest Washington. Our philosophy is simple: Give our customers the results they demand at a fair and ethical price.

Simpson is family-owned and operated — just as it has been since Day 1. In fact, a third generation of family members has joined our expert plumbing workforce. We’re more than ready to continue providing exceptional plumbing services and A+ customer service to our Vancouver neighbors.

Be sure to check out our special offers. (They’re updated frequently!)

Full-Service Plumbing

Simpson offers full-service commercial and residential plumbing. No matter the problem, we’re equipped to diagnose and fix it — everything from leaky faucets (both inside and out!), water heater repair, garbage disposal repair, pipe maintenance, and more!

We also provide installation services, including water heaters, sump pumps, and tubs and showers. Last but certainly not least: We can help you with kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, or full-scale plumbing projects on new homes.

Call us today! We look forward to speaking with you.

Toilet Running? Here’s How To Repair It

By | Plumbing

Tips to Fix a Running Toilet

A toilet and tub in a modern bathroom.Is your toilet running? (No, this is not a joke.) Running toilets are one of the most common reasons people call a plumber in Vancouver and Portland. With just a little bit of know-how, homeowners and property owners can usually handle this problem on their own.

First things first: If you have little to no plumbing experience beyond knowing how to use a plunger, it would be best to contact Simpson Plumbing. We’re providing this DIY blog post as an FYI for those who know at least a little bit about plumbing systems.

Doing plumbing work yourself — even the most basic of basics — without proper training and guidance can lead to big-time damage and more expensive problems. If you’re unfamiliar with or have no experience working on plumbing problems, a DIY blog post — even if it’s super awesome like this one! — should not be considered proper training and guidance.

OK, now that we’ve got that disclaimer out of the way …

What Problems Are Caused By A Toilet That Won’t Stop Running?

A toilet that won’t stop running is more than just a mild nuisance. It can cause a whole host of problems — including risks of flooding and water damage. If your home has a septic system, a running toilet can flood the tank — with results that can be, well, messy.

What else might happen if your toilet won’t stop running? A continuously running toilet wastes water, leading to higher water bills and a strain on our already strained environment. It also makes it more likely that there isn’t enough water in the bowl at any one time to flush properly, which can lead to clogged pipes.

How to Fix a Running Toilet

Here’s a quick checklist that should help you diagnose the problem of a running toilet. Before beginning any work, shut off the water to the toilet and drain the toilet bowl with a flush. In order to understand what follows, you might want to take a look at a basic diagram of a toilet tank assembly.

  1. Open the tank and inspect the chain.

    Sometimes the fix is super simple: The chain that holds the flapper (also known as the flush valve seal) has become caught under the flapper itself at the bottom of the tank. Jiggle the chain to free it up. Other times, the chain has a kink, meaning it’s not long enough to allow the flapper to properly seal the drain hole. Try unkinking the chain if that appears to be the problem.

  2. Replace the flapper.

    As mentioned above, the flapper (flush valve seal) is probably familiar to most people who have lifted the heavy ceramic lid off their toilet tank in order to “jiggle the chain.” It is supposed to plug up the drain hole (the flush valve drain seat; see No. 2 below) on the tank bottom. Over time, it can wear out, leading to a break in the seal. You can take the flapper to your hardware store and ask for a matching part that you can use to replace the old, malfunctioning one.

  3. Inspect the flush valve seat.

    This part of the toilet’s plumbing can also become flawed. Unfortunately, replacing this part is a bigger job — one that involves swapping out the entire flapper valve. This is one of those plumbing jobs that’s usually beyond the skills of your average everyday plumbing homeowner. Contact Simpson Plumbing for help.

  4. Adjust the float.

    The float is that big ball that sits on the opposite end of the arm attached to the fill valve. You can turn the screw that holds the float arm to the fill valve (a quarter turn at a time) to adjust the height of the float. This usually solves the problem of a running toilet. (If it’s caused by the water level or the ball sitting too high.)

  5. Replace the fill valve.

    This is another job that involves an expert — not just for replacing the assembly but for diagnosing the problem in the first place. Call Simpson with any questions!

Simpson Plumbing in Vancouver and Portland

Those are the basic troubleshooting maneuvers when you flush the toilet and it starts constantly running. As we stressed before, it’s usually better to get an expert opinion on these matters. This is especially important if you have little to no experience diagnosing and troubleshooting plumbing problems.

Simpson Plumbing can help! For almost 40 years, Simpson Plumbing has provided quality, affordable plumbing services for Vancouver and Portland residents. Based in Camas, Washington, we work hard to deliver results that lead to complete customer satisfaction. We don’t want to just fix a single plumbing problem (although we’re happy to do that!); we want to make you a Simpson Plumbing customer for life.

Contact us today with any questions.

Standard Water Heater repair

Water heater repair: Common problems and fixes

By | Blog, Plumbing

We all take electric water heaters for granted until they no longer work. The life expectancy of a water heater can vary depending upon the quality of the unit, how often it’s used and the amount of minerals in your water. If you are experiencing no hot water, too much hot water, strange odors or rumbling noises, there are a few things you can troubleshoot to determine the source of the problem. Remember, if you can’t locate the problem or don’t feel comfortable making repairs, you can always consider find a plumber to complete a water heater repair in Vancouver, WA.

No Hot Water

If your electric water heater has been functioning properly for quite some time but you suddenly find yourself without hot water, there could some repair issues. A heating element may have gone out, or there could be a problem with the electric thermostat. It is also possible that you may have blown a fuse or tripped the circuit breaker. Replacing a fuse isn’t that difficult, and you can easily check to see if the circuit breaker is tripped. However, if the thermostat or heating element needs to be replaced, you might need to call for water heater repair in Vancouver.

Too Much Hot Water

Too much hot water can present a real danger to anyone living in a home. The first thing you’ll want to check is the thermostat on the unit. Make a note of the current setting and reduce the setting to a lower temperature. If the water temperature coming out of the faucet improves, you’re all set. However, if you hear the sound of boiling water in the water heater or see steam coming from the faucet, you may have a faulty pressure relief valve that will need to be replaced.

Strange Odors

Cold water can sometimes develop a strange odor due to minerals in the water like copper or iron. Installing a water filtration system could resolve the problem. However, if you determine there is a rotten egg smell coming from the hot water, you may need to flush the water tank or have the anode rod checked.

Rumbling Noises

Hard water accumulations, minerals and contracting metal can cause noises in your water heater. It may be time to have your Vancouver hot water heater flushed by a professional.

A Shortage of Hot Water

The most common reason for a shortage of hot water in a home is because of lifestyle changes or an increase in the demand for hot water. For example, if one or more kids have moved in or you’ve rented out a room, your demand for hot water has just seriously increased. It’s possible you simply need a larger unit with more capacity.

If these situations don’t apply, you may need to increase the temperature setting on the thermostat if cooler weather is affecting the water heaters ability to maintain temperature. You may also need to flush the water tank if you live in an area with high amounts of mineral deposits.

Need a Vancouver Plumber for Water Heater Repair?

Replacing and troubleshooting electric hot water heaters can be a big job. If you need professional help from an experienced plumber in Vancouver, WA, contact Simpson Plumbing today.

Plumbing setup with Simpson Plumbing, including sewer repair for the home.

Sewer repair: When should I call a plumber?

By | Plumbing

Most people can handle the occasional clogged toilet or shower drain themselves. It’s great if you’re handy with tools and can replace a clogged sink aerator or a faucet washer to stop leaks. Making small do-it-yourself repairs is tempting to save money when it comes to sewer repair. However, when you get in over your head and don’t really know what you’re doing, you could cause more costly damage.

Often times, it is cheaper and quicker to let a professional plumber evaluate the situation and make the sewer repairs than trying to make them yourself. Water pipe damage, low water pressure, hot water problems and new construction projects related to plumbing are just a few examples that may require Vancouver sewer repair by a qualified plumber.

Blocked or Frozen Pipes

Blocked pipes can occur when sediment and minerals build up in pipes, tree roots grow into pipes, or when items that are not meant for sewer system disposal are flushed down the toilet. Regardless of the situation, most homeowners don’t have the knowledge or the equipment to make these kinds of repairs correctly.

Burst or frozen pipes are typically caused by water freezing during the wintertime, in the pipes somewhere in the home or in the home’s foundation. Just to locate the source of the damage can be challenging, and it’s best left to a professional to make repairs to prevent additional damage to the foundation, drywall and flooring.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure in one or two faucets is often just a matter of a little routine maintenance like cleaning the faucet heads. However, if low water pressure is occurring throughout the home, this could be a serious sign that you need to investigate further. It’s possible there could be a problem with your well system if you live in a rural area. Water supplied by city services could be another issue. Serious breaches or leaks in your home’s piping could also cause a reduction in water pressure and damage the foundation or infrastructure of the home.

Hot Water Problems

Undoubtedly, most people’s first reaction when they have no hot water is to assume that there must be a reset button they can adjust to get the hot water back on. However, hot water heaters can be a little bit more complicated than that. Hot water heaters can be affected by sediment buildup in the water, which means the unit may need flushing periodically. They could also malfunction due to a bad thermostat, blown fuse, circuit breaker problems or a bad heating element. Hiring a Vancouver sewer repair company may be a cheaper alternative than diagnosing the unit yourself.

New Construction

On the surface, installing a new dishwasher, adding a bathroom or installing a hot tub may seem like easy projects for the do-it-yourselfer. However, if you don’t have the expertise, tools, equipment and permits, you could damage existing plumbing or fail to meet necessary safety building codes.

If you’re looking for help with sewer repair in Vancouver, WA, contact Simpson Plumbing for professional services to get the job done right.