How to Tell if your Hot Water Tank Needs Repairing

Plumber inspecting a hot water tank

Your hot water tank works around the clock and day in and day out, and when you step into an unexpectedly cold shower, you truly get to appreciate this even more. Water heaters are an important part of your home and typically need to be replaced every 8-12 years. However, you can prolong the lifespan of your water heater by scheduling regular maintenance. Here are some signs your heater could be due.

Unpredictable or Low Temperature

If you start noticing fluctuating water temperatures, this could be your water heater sending you a message that it's time to start thinking about replacing it. A common reason why the temperature fluctuates is the accumulation of minerals in the tank, especially in areas with hard water, like Texas. 

Using a water softener and scheduling regular maintenance of your unit can help to extend the lifespan. Contact us to schedule an appointment. 

 Running Out of Hot Water Quickly

A water heater is designed to keep gallons of water hot inside, ensuring you have hot water when you want it. If you are running out of hot water faster than usual, or if the water is taking longer to heat up, that is often a telltale sign that your tank should be inspected or it is nearing the end of its life.

Discolored Water

When your water is no longer clear, this is typically a sign of mineral deposits in the system. But if you see rust deposits or notice a metallic odor, this could mean rusty pipes or rust is eating away inside your pipes. This can pose a serious health hazard and should be addressed immediately. 

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Unusual Sounds

Most water heaters make sounds, usually a hum or buzz sound, especially as they age, which is perfectly normal. If your heater is making louder sounds like banging or popping, this should be a cause for concern. Typically loud noises are caused by mineral deposits collecting inside the tank and heating elements. Too much noise can wear on the structure and eventually lead to your heater leaking.

Leaks

It's no surprise that if your water heater is leaking, it's most likely time to get it repaired or replaced. When your heater starts to leak, this causes water to pool beneath it and weakens the unit’s structural integrity. Leaks should be addressed as soon as they are found to avoid long-term damage to your home or tank. 

Looking for reliable plumbers? We are family-owned and experienced in water heater repair and replacement. Give us a call at (713) 547-4597 or fill out our contact form to get a quote or request service.

Signs You Need to Replace Your Pipes

Plumbing pipes of different sizes, colors, and materials.

Wondering if it’s time to replace your pipes? Here are some signs that will help you know for sure.

Leaks

If you find yourself having to get leaks in your pipes repaired repeatedly, it’s probably time to cut your losses and simply get new pipes. If your pipes are sprouting leaks somewhat frequently, you’re just going to spend a bundle of money having those fixed over and over again, only to find that your pipes break down fully soon. It’s better to replace them now and save on the costs of constant maintenance.

Old Age

Your pipes will break down eventually with age, and when that happens depends largely on what materials your pipes are made out of. If your pipes are reaching the end of their expected lifespan, it’s a good idea to have them replaced sooner rather than later. Here is a quick overview of the average lifespans of pipes made of these common materials:

If you have an old home, it is possible that your plumbing includes lead pipes, which are hazardous to health. If you discover any lead piping in your home, have it replaced  immediately.

Low Water Pressure

There are a number of potential causes of low water pressure, but one common cause is hidden leaks in your pipes, either underground or behind walls. If you have noticed unusually low water pressure in your home lately and suspect a hidden leak, book a plumbing inspection to determine whether that is the problem. If that’s your problem, your plumber will let you know the specific condition of your pipes and whether it’s a better idea to repair them or have them replaced.

Visible Signs of Damage

Make a point of visually inspecting your pipes at least once a year. If you find noticeable signs of damage such as rust, cracking, and/or corrosion, it’s time to consider upgrading to new piping. We understand that it might feel easier to just ignore the damage, but that will catch up with you in the long run when those hairline cracks and signs of corrosion become a burst pipe spraying water all over your floor. Get your pipes replaced now and save yourself the headache (and major cost) of a plumbing emergency later.

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