Butter Plumbing Blog : Archive for November, 2014

Reasons for Discoloration from Your Water Heater

Friday, November 28th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

If a rusty-red discoloration starts to appear in the water from your faucets whenever you turn on a hot water tap, there may be issues with the water heater that will require plumbing repairs. Aside from warning you of possible problems with the water heater, such discoloration can have a negative effect on appliances in your home that use hot water, such as your dishwasher and laundry machines. (You don’t want that rust color to get on your light-colored clothing!)

For excellent water heater service, look to Butter Plumbing in Las Vegas. We have more than 15 years of service to the Las Vegas Valley, and we specialize in water heater services of all kinds: installation, replacement, maintenance, and repair. We will look into the discoloration coming from your water heater and see if you need repairs or a replacement system.

Why There May Be Discoloration from Your Water Heater

Conventional wisdom says that when a water heater shows discoloration that could stem from rust, it must be replaced. This is not strictly true, however. Check on your water heater’s age first: if the system is a few years past its estimated lifespan, then the problem is likely from rusting components and the water heater should indeed receive a replacement—in fact, it probably should have been replaced years ago. However, if your water heater is still young or relatively young, there are other possibilities for the discoloration.

One of these possibilities is that the hot water pipes are corroded. If you live in an older home with galvanized steel piping, the pipes are probably suffering from corrosion that is causing the water to turn rust colored. You won’t need to replace the water heater, but you will need to have the pipes replaced before serious leaking starts to occur.

The water heater may also have a build-up of sediment and minerals in its tank from the municipal water supply. If this is the case, water heater technicians can flush out the tank to remove the accumulation. Tank flushing is sometimes done as part of regular maintenance, which you should schedule every year. Maintenance will not only flush the tank when needed, but it will also give the water heater a longer service life with reduced chance of corrosion taking hold.

Make sure that you contact professionals before you make any decision about getting rid of an old water heater. The experts will determine if it is necessary to replace the system, and if it is, they will help see that you receive the right new water heater to match your home and family.

Call Butter Plumbing to schedule your water heater service in Las Vegas. We have 24 hour emergency service available for those repairs that cannot wait.

Will Thanksgiving Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

We’ve all heard it before: you feel so sleepy after a Thanksgiving meal because of the main event: the turkey. For years, people have credited extraordinary levels of tryptophan in turkey as the reason we all feel the need to nap after the annual feast. But contrary to this popular mythology, tryptophan is probably not he largest responsible party for your post-meal exhaustion.

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, which means it’s something that our bodies need but do not produce naturally. Your body uses tryptophan to help make vitamin B3 and serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that sends chemicals to the brain to aid in sleep. But in order to get this essential amino acid, we have to eat foods that contain it.

Turkey has somewhat high levels of tryptophan, but so do many other foods, including eggs, peanuts, chocolate, nuts, bananas, and most other meats and dairy products. In fact, ounce-for-ounce cheddar cheese contains a greater amount of tryptophan than turkey. In order for tryptophan to make you feel sleepy, you would have to consume it in excessive amounts, and serotonin is usually only produced by tryptophan on an empty stomach.

The truth is, overeating is largely responsible for the “food coma” many people describe post-Thanksgiving. It takes a lot of energy for your body to process a large meal, and the average Thanksgiving plate contains about twice as many calories as is recommended for daily consumption. If anything, high levels of fat in the turkey cause sleepiness, as they require a lot of energy for your body to digest. Lots of carbohydrates, alcohol, and probably a bit of stress may also be some of the reasons it feels so satisfying to lay down on the couch after the meal and finally get a little bit of shut-eye.

If you feel the need to indulge in a heaping dose of tryptophan this year, go ahead! Turkey also contains healthy proteins and may even provide a boost for your immune system. Here at Butter Plumbing, we hope your Thanksgiving is full of joy and contentment this year. Happy feasting!

3 Plumbing Services that Can Help You Save Money

Friday, November 14th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

If you’ve ever had to call a plumber for unexpected repairs, you probably know that it can be a costly undertaking. New plumbing components don’t come cheap, but water damage in your home will result in major issues that require full-scale renovations. The best way to prevent the need for plumbing repair is by calling a plumbing contractor for maintenance once a year. But you can also keep major problems from occurring by scheduling the following services.

Hydro Jetting

With hydro jetting, a plumber puts a thin hose through your drains that shoots out water at an extremely high pressure. As this continues to move along the drains, it forces any sludge stuck to the lining of the pipes to loosen and move into the sewer and breaks apart clogs so they can move down the drain as well. Many homeowners choose to schedule hydro jetting every year to prevent clogs. A major drain clog can result in unexpected expenses, hazardous sewage backup into your home, or pipe repair or replacement in some cases.

Sump Pump Installation

A sump pump is an installation that pumps water out of your home in the event of flooding. This is common for those with high water tables, a history of flooding in their neighborhood, or homeowners who just want peace of mind and perhaps a higher property value. Flooding can lead to major property damage, but a sump pump, installed at the lowest point in your home, can prevent expensive renovations.

Grease Trap Installation

Finally, you may want to consider a grease trap, particularly if you own or manage a commercial property. For commercial kitchens, grease trap installation is usually required by law. When grease gets into the drains, it can solidify and lead to major drain clogs. A grease trap separates the grease from the rest of the wastewater, which is necessary to avoid plumbing repairs in your own kitchen and in the sewer lines or sewer main. If your municipality discovers that you are responsible for a sewage leak, you may be fined thousands of dollars.

Remember to call a plumber for maintenance every year to prevent repairs, and consider calling for hydro jetting, a new sump pump, or a grease trap as well. Call Butter Plumbing to discuss your plumbing options with a superb plumber in Las Vegas today!

A Few Ways to Prevent Kitchen Plumbing Repair

Friday, November 7th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

The kitchen sink is central to your daily life, providing a reliable water source for cooking, cleaning, washing up, and hydrating. So when parts of your kitchen won’t work as they should, it can ruin a family meal or even a simple task like rinsing off a dish. Follow a few simple tips on how to properly care for your kitchen plumbing equipment and protect your plumbing in today’s post.

Water Softener:

A water softener is a piece of equipment intended for use in homes with hard water. Hard water is a problem in which a high level of minerals in the water leaves behind a white residue around the drains or causes water spots and soap scum to appear after a load of dishes. What’s worse is that these minerals can severely damage the pipes, building up until you don’t notice any water pressure at all. In many cases, entire segments of pipe need replacement due to mineral buildup. A water softener, installed at a point-of-entry in your water supply, removes these minerals to protect your kitchen sink and dishwasher from unwanted scale buildup.

Garbage Disposals:

One of the easiest ways to prevent kitchen plumbing repair is with something you most likely already have installed in your kitchen sink: a garbage disposal. Garbage disposals make your work in the kitchen go by quickly, as you can drop food items directly into the sink. Since it breaks apart food into small pieces, the garbage disposal also helps to protect your pipes from any potential clogs. But if you don’t use the garbage disposal responsibly, you may end up creating an obstruction for the pipes or the disposal unit and damaging the motor. Always break up food into small pieces before putting it into the drain, run cool water, and avoid non-food items, meat bones, and tough or fibrous foods like celery.

Plumbing Maintenance:

Finally, most experts recommend scheduling plumbing maintenance every year in order to prevent kitchen plumbing repair or any type of plumbing repair that may inconvenience your daily life. Technicians will check the kitchen sink, drains, water heater and even the dishwasher pipes, as well as the components of your bathroom plumbing for any leaks, clogs, or malfunctioning equipment.

Whether you need plumbing maintenance, repairs, or a new installation like a garbage disposal, always choose experienced plumbers for the job. Call Butter Plumbing to talk to a quality plumber in Las Vegas today!