Butter Plumbing Blog : Archive for April, 2014

3 Plumbing Problems to Watch For

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

What are the common home plumbing issues that you deal with most often? Probably drain clogging, toilets that won’t stop running, and leaky faucets. These are all troubles that professional plumbers are familiar with and repair on a regular basis. They are also easy for a homeowner to identify: it’s hard to miss a drain that won’t drain!

Here are three other plumbing problems that frequently occur, but are not so obvious. They may leave signs indicating they’re happening, but the warnings are either subtle or else easy to misinterpret as lesser problems. But as far as your plumbing is concerned, there are no “lesser problems.” You need to call professional plumbers in Las Vegas, NV whenever your plumbing needs help.

Butter Plumbing has served the Las Vegas Valley for more than 15 years, so put your trust in us to protect your household plumbing.

Watch For These Three Plumbing Issues

  • Pinhole leaks: The name indicates the difficulty of this plumbing trouble: it’s minute and difficult to notice. Pinhole leaks start because of pitting corrosion, a type of corrosion that can affect copper pipes and which creates small holes along the metal—just big enough to allow leaking. Because pinhole leaks can escape detection for a long time, they have the potential to create pools of standing water that will turn destructive to construction material and promote mildew and mold growth. Watch for discoloration on your walls, peeling wallpaper, warped floorboards, and increased humidity in your house as warnings that pinhole leaks have attacked your pipes.
  • Sewer line damage: When blockages or breaks occur in the sewer line that takes the wastewater from your home out to the municipal sewer system in the street, it can cause sewage flooding into your basement or home foundations, leading to expensive damage and health hazards. But the first signs of sewer line problems are often miniscule: foul odors from drains, drain clogging, water spots in the basement, gurgling sounds from plumbing. Act fast on any of these warnings: sewer line damage needs fixing fast.
  • Water heater failing: A typical storage water heater will last around 15 years, perhaps more with proper regular maintenance. When your water heater starts to fail, or if it suffers from a repair need because of corrosion or failed heating elements, you will begin to notice a reduction in heat from the hot water faucets or less hot water than usual. Don’t ignore these annoyances and hope they’ll get better. Call for repairs—or if necessary, replacement.

Although you may feel tempted to transform into a “Do-It-Yourself” hero when it comes to plumbing repairs, don’t give in! Instead call up professional plumbers in Las Vegas, NV to solve your woes so they don’t become worse woes. Contact Butter Plumbing as soon as you think you need repairs.

Water Heater Wars: Storage vs. Solar vs. Tankless

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

Modern technology offers a homeowner more options for a water heater than the standard single tank system (a.k.a. a “storage” water heater) found in most homes. Now, a homeowner can have a tankless system installed that produces hot water as it’s needed, or a solar water heater that harnesses the free and renewable energy of the sun.

If it’s time for a new water heater installation in Las Vegas and you will find yourself at a decision point. Storage… tankless… solar. Which one should you choose?

It’s important that you do not try to make the decision on your own. The right system for your home depends on how your household uses hot water and your future budget plans. It requires a water heater professional to help you balance the important criteria to find the water heater that will serve all your needs. Butter Plumbing has 15 years of experience installing and servicing water heaters, so call us when you’re ready to make the choice for a new system.

Why you should pick storage water heaters

Storage water heaters are the least expensive system to install and can provide the appropriate volume of hot water to a household that doesn’t have tremendous demands. Unlike tankless systems, storage water heaters do not require time to warm up their water supply: it’s available as soon as you turn the tap. Storage heaters also have longer lifespans than tankless systems.

Why you should pick a tankless water heater

If you run out of hot water too often because your household uses so much, then a tankless system will do wonders for you: you can’t run out of hot water! Although a costlier system to install than a storage water heater and not as durable, a tankless system is inexpensive to run because it has less heat loss through a tank and doesn’t need a constant energy supply to keep the water hot.

Why you should pick a solar water heater

When you have plans to convert your home to solar power, a water heater is a good first step to take, since they are relatively inexpensive and need only a few solar cells on the roof. They still cost more to install than either storage or tankless systems, but because the power of the sun is free, they cost very little to run. With proper care, they can outlast other water heaters and bring you many years of savings.

Why you should pick Butter Plumbing for your installation

If you feel confused, don’t worry: at Butter Plumbing, water heater installation in Las Vegas, NV is our job. We will help you focus on the priorities that will make the choice of system clear. Once you’ve decided on the model you want, we will handle the installation and leave you with a system that will deliver you hot water trouble-free for many years.

What is a Dip Tube in My Water Heater?

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

Your water heater is one of the great unsung heroes of your home, providing hot water for cooking and bathing year after year without complaint. Conversely, in those times when the water heater can’t perform as expected, you need to get the problem addressed quickly and efficiently. Plenty of services offer water heater repair in Las Vegas, but it helps if you the homeowner understand what the different components of the water heater do. That way, when a breakdown occurs you’ll better understand the steps needed to fix it. Take the dip tube, for instance. “What is a dip tube in my water heater?” you ask. Read on for the answers.

Most standard water heaters consist of a large tank with burners underneath. The burners heat the water, which rises to the top of the tank and can then be transferred into your home via the hot water outlet. When cold water enters the tank, it’s important that it not mix with the hot water at the top of the tank. Otherwise, it will dilute the heat and render your water lukewarm.

Enter the dip tube. It runs vertically down the length of the water tank and allows the mixture of cold and hot water to remain as it should. Cold water enters the top of the tube and moves to the bottom, where it exits the tube into the tank. That places the cold water as close as possible to the burners without mixing in with the hot water at the top of the tank.

Naturally, when problems arise with the dip tube, you can feel the difference. The most common problem is a leak springing up in the tube (or sometimes parts of the tube breaking off into the tank). Leaks at the seals are also common problems with the dip tube. When that happens, your hot water will be affected, and may even be cut off entirely. One you know what a dip tube is in your water heater, the next step is to call Butter Plumbing. We can handle all kinds of water heater repair in Las Vegas, including problems with the dip tube. Give us a call today. You’ll be glad you did!

3 Possible Problems with Your Toilet

Friday, April 4th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

In your bathroom plumbing, the part that you want to have the least problems with is the toilet. Toilet leaks and clogs can range from serious annoyances to actual structural and health hazards. Whenever you encounter troubles with one of the toilets in your home, don’t try to figure it out on your own beyond using the standard plunger. Instead, call for a plumber to repair whatever is wrong so you have a toilet that works as it should and will stay that way.

When you’re looking for the right Las Vegas, NV plumber, don’t gamble. Instead, call Butter Plumbing: we’ve served the Las Vegas Valley for more than 15 years with the quality work that keeps out customers happy.

Here are 3 possible problems that can affect your toilet and require professional repairs:

  1. Toilet constantly runs: A toilet that constantly cycles water through it is not an immediate threat to your plumbing or floors, but it is incredibly wasteful. This issue often comes from deterioration in the flapper valve in the tank that continually allows water from the tank down into the bowl. The fill valve might also be broken and need a professional to replace it. Another possibility is leaky gaskets that connect the bowl to the tank.
  2. Water flow on the floor: This is an urgent issue because it can lead to sewage leaks and cause damage to construction material that can weaken the floorboards. (The worst case scenario, although this usually only occurs in very old homes, is that the toilet can fall through the weakened floorboards.) This leaking can come from many different spots, such as a cracked tank (this will require tank replacement) or loss of sealing on the wax ring inside the toilet base that connects it to the floor. A plumber will find the cause and know the best way to stop the leaking.
  3. The toilet won’t flush/won’t flush all the way: When this problem arises, it often means something is wrong inside the tank, such as a broken or loose chain, snapped lift arm, or malfunctioning fill valve. Although you can often spot the trouble if you lift off the lid of the tank, we don’t recommend you fiddle around with the tank components on your own if you aren’t sure what the issue is. (There’s also a chance you might break the lid, which is a more expensive replacement than most toilet repairs.)

Too many homeowners try to go into “do-it-yourself” mode when it comes to repairing a toilet, but most serious problems that can affect a toilet are out of the purview of amateur repairs. Make a call to a professional to have the fixes done fast and correctly.

Butter Plumbing is ready to send out a trained plumber in Las Vegas, NV any time of the day or night when you have troubles with your toilet… or any part of your plumbing.