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Before you get left in the cold with a water heater that stops working; know the signs that your water heater may be failing and get a professional in there to avoid a cold shower.

Slow Hot Water

If it takes too long for your water to get hot once you turn the faucet on you may be experiencing a water heater failure. It should not take no longer than a few seconds for your water to start running hot once you have turned the faucet on. If your hot water heater seems to be slowing down then chances are it will not be working at all very soon. Contact a plumber to come in and repair your hot water heater before it quits working.

Choppy Water Flow

If you turn your faucet on and the water comes out in spurts instead of smoothly, or the water pressure seems to be extremely lower than usual you may be experiencing failure within your water heater. This is usually due to a clog in the water heaters system and can worsen over time if left untreated.

Noisy Water Heaters

Anytime you hear noise from your water heater you need to contact a professional. Banging, clanking or loud cracking noises can all be caused by hard metal sediments that have developed.

Leaking Water Heater

If you notice water coming from around the base or at the top of your water heater or water softener you need a professional to come out and fix the issue. Always be sure to check for mold around the area where water has been leaking to avoid any further damage to your home.

Foul Odor

If there is a foul odor coming from your water heaters tank you may have corrosion in the tank or in the pipes. You may also notice your water is beginning to smell like a rotten egg, this is usually related to issues with the anode rod. Any time there is an odor in your water heater or in your water from the faucet you should contact a professional to come out and resolve the issue before it leads to a more severe problem.

In some instances your water heater will need to be replaced. Water heaters generally last several years without issue but once they go out there is little that anyone can do, even a professional. Look at tankless water heaters if you are installing a new one, they will save you money on heat costs as well as relieve some headaches that the tank versions can cause.

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If you are a home owner you should have an emergency plumbing company on standby, just in case. Your home is an investment and with any investment there are risks and maintaining the property is the best way to reduce the risks associated with owning a home. Part of your home maintenance is ensuring the plumbing is in proper working order and that the pipes are clean of any rust or other debris. Your standard plumbing company can handle any of your problems and of course regular maintenance, but what if there is an emergency?

With most plumbing emergencies there is a need for immediate response to the problem. In order to protect your home from further damage and risk your investment you need someone to come out now. Your standard plumbing company works during regular business hours, so what do you do if your plumbing emergency happens during the weekend, late at night or even on a holiday?

You can find a variety of emergency plumbing companies in your area and the internet offers the most efficient way to locate them and compare services. You want a company that arrives promptly after the call and shows up with a fully stocked and professional truck ready to handle even the toughest of jobs. There is no sense in wasting your money on an emergency call in the middle of the night if the plumber is not properly prepared for the emergency and will have to wait for regular business hours to locate the parts you need, so do your homework before hiring a company.

Some of the most common reasons home owners call on an emergency plumbing service are:

Sewer Backups: These can be nasty and create a lot of damage to the home if left untreated. The sooner you can get someone out to your home after a sewer backup the easier the cleanup will be and the better chance you have of saving your investment.

Water Heater Bursting: Water heaters tend to leak and when they do, it can be devastating to the home. Mold is a major concern with any amount of water sitting in one area for any length of time so promptness in cleanup is a necessity.

Busted Pipes: Pipes burst due to freezing, corrosion or faulty installation or poor materials and can create a huge problem for home owners. Shutting off the water will temporarily fix the problem, but a professional needs to be called out to ensure the cleanup is complete and that the pipes are replaced in order to restore water to the home.

Flooding: Bad weather can occur without warning and with a large amount of rainfall in a short period of time many home owners experience flooding through their foundations, into their basements or through their roofs.

About Drain Patrol

Drain Patrol has been providing plumbing services to the San Diego and surrounding areas for over 30 years! Drain Patrol is an Insured, Licensed Contractor (Contractors License #841408) and a Better Business Bureau member.

With Drain Patrol, the estimate is always free. You approve the estimate before any work is started.

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