Mallick Plumbing & Heating Blog : Archive for November, 2016

A Way to Save Energy with Your Water Heater in Winter

Monday, November 28th, 2016

During the winter, many HVAC companies offer lists of ways that homeowners can save money through the cold weather. You might not think that you would be able to get similar sort of advice from a plumbing company, but when it comes to your water heater, there are ways you can cut down on your bill. After all, the water heater accounts for 18% of all energy used in a house—by far the most of any single appliance.

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Possible Problems You Might Run into with a Tankless Water Heater

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Do you have a tankless water heater in your home? Then you probably can’t imagine having to go back to the older style of water heater, thanks to all these fantastic advantages of a tankless system:

  • Unlimited hot water supply—the system is always ready to heat more
  • Lower energy bills
  • Compact size—80% smaller than tank water heaters—giving you more room
  • Reduced number of repair needs

But we’d like to focus on that last point. Your tankless water heater might run into malfunctions far less often than a storage tank system, but you can’t avoid all malfunctions. Below are some troubles that you may run into with your tankless water heater in the future—and what you can do about them.

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Our Plumbers at Work: Fixing Pinhole Leaks

Monday, November 14th, 2016

The term “pinhole leak” doesn’t sound like a terrible plumbing problem. But the name is deceiving! Pinhole leaks are a highly prevalent issue with pipes in both homes and businesses. The cause is a type of corrosion called pitted corrosion that can affect copper. (Copper is corrosion-resistant, but there are still a few types that can afflict it.) The weakening of copper from pitted corrosion soon allows for small holes to open up and begin to leak. Even the smallest leak can cause building damage and waste large amounts of water over time. When you have pinhole leaks occurring in your home’s plumbing, you need to call on professional plumbers such as ours for assistance.

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Is a Reverse Osmosis System a Good Option for Clean Water in My Home?

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

If you are concerned about the quality of the water that comes into your house from the municipal plumbing system, you aren’t alone… and you probably have good reason for those concerns. Even the best water treatment plant can’t prevent chemicals, minerals, and heavy metals from entering the water in the pipes as it travels to your house. When you suspect poor quality water, arrange for water testing with us, and we’ll determine what type of water treatment system will resolve the problem.

One of the most common types of water treatment solutions we recommend is the reverse osmosis filtration system.

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How to Fix a Leaking Packing Nut

Monday, November 7th, 2016

To prevent major flooding problems in a home, as well as to allow easier work for plumbers during repairs, many water lines have shut-off valves. For example, the pipes under your sinks and toilets should be equipped with valves to stop water flow. It’s important to know where these valves are located so you can stop water in case of a plumbing emergency.

However, the packing nut on a shut-off valve can leak, something you may notice when you turn the handle on and off. The packing nut is the part of the valve that provides a watertight seal around the valve stem, and usually a leaking shut-off valve is the fault of a problem with the packing nut. Here’s how you can make a simple fix.

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