Performance Plumbing Blog

What Does the Anode Rod Do for Your Water Heater?

September 13th, 2021

water-heaterIf we asked you to name the most important home comfort appliance in your home, what would you name? If you said your water heater, then we’re definitely on the same wavelength! The water heater within your home is a true workhorse. It provides you with the hot water you need to take a shower, wash dishes, do the laundry, and so much more. If you’re using a tank water heater, then there is a component that you rely on heavily for this to all happen, even though you’ve likely never heard about it–the anode rod.

No, the anode rod is not a household name, but it really is important for homes outfitted with storage tank type water heaters. It provides an essential function after all. The anode rod doesn’t last the entire lifespan of the water heater though, so it’s important for you to know the condition that yours is in. Read on to learn more!

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These Signs Signal a Plumbing Leak in Your Home

August 16th, 2021

white-pipe-with-blue-cloth-tied-on-itThe sometimes tricky thing about plumbing issues is they’re really good at hiding! They often occur behind the walls of your home, and sometimes even under the foundational slab of your property, so they’re often almost undetectable. Some plumbing problems, however, such as a clogged drain or a leaky faucet, are pretty apparent and you don’t really need to know the signs since you can see them clearly.

However, for your hidden pipes, a problem can go unnoticed for quite some time, and do a lot of damage to your property if you aren’t attentive to your pipes. As we mentioned, plumbing problems can be hard to detect. Read on as we uncover some of the signs that you might have a hidden leak in your home so you can catch it early.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

August 2nd, 2021

tank-style-water-heaterWhen it’s been a hot day, or when you finish a tough workout, a cold shower is welcomed. But when you are surprised by icy cold water hitting you when you were relying on a lukewarm shower, it’s a different story. In this former scenario, you probably wouldn’t even give much thought to how your water heater is performing, but the second scenario would make it pretty apparent that something is amiss.

Of course, a lack of hot water is a big sign that your water heater needs to be replaced, but it’s not the only sign, which we’ll explore below. When it comes down to it, whatever is going on with your water heater, if it’s not performing up to par then you want to address it ASAP. Read on as we uncover some key signs that you should probably consider a water heater upgrade soon.

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What You Should Know about Tankless Water Heaters

July 19th, 2021

technicians-hands-working-on-water-linesWhen most folks envision a water heater, they see a big tank, with pipes and water lines coming out of it. What if you take away the tank, though?

Maybe you’re scratching your head–if you’ve never actually seen a tankless system in action, this is understandable. But it’s just what it sounds like! It’s a water heater that does not require the use of a tank holding gallons of hot water. It’s a great piece of technology with a number of benefits.

Read on to learn what these benefits are!

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Symptoms of a Home in Need of Drain Cleaning

July 5th, 2021

drain-with-water-going-downDo you know how to tell when it’s time for a drain cleaning? Better yet, do you know what to do when you need a drain cleaning?

We’re going to share some signs below that indicate it is, in fact, time for you to call a plumber for this service. In the meantime, we want to stress how important it is that you contact a professional when you’re ready for a thorough drain cleaning.

The reason for this is because store-bought drain cleaning solutions are really no solution at all. They can eat away at the lining of your plumbing and even cause worse clogs later on. Instead, you want a pro to come in and either use drain snaking or hydro-jetting tools to relieve the clog and potentially prevent further clogs from forming.

Read on to learn the signs that it’s time to go ahead a call a pro!

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Do Water Heaters Need Maintenance?

June 21st, 2021

sink-faucet-with-hot-water-coming-outThe short answer to this is, “yes.” Why? Because of something called hard water and scaling. You’ve likely heard these terms before, but maybe you didn’t quite understand what they meant. Hard water refers to a water supply that has a large amount of minerals in it—namely calcium, magnesium, and iron. For most people, this is perfectly safe to ingest. But it’s not so great for your plumbing system, including the water heater.

The mineral deposits that get left behind are what result in scaling. Scaling can negatively impact your water heater in worse ways than any other portion of your plumbing system. While you’re able to clean scaling out of a faucet with a wrench and some vinegar, it’s not so easy when it comes to your water heater. Read on to learn more!

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How to Ensure a Successful Bathroom Remodel

June 7th, 2021

hands-picturing-bathroomIf you’ve come across this blog post, we’re going to guess that your bathroom doesn’t look the way you would like it to. Maybe it’s not as functional as it could be, or you’re having trouble moving around the space easily. Depending on what your specific needs are, a bathroom remodel can be a great idea! After all, aside from your kitchen, the bathroom areas are the most widely used rooms in the home. Remodeling can give you a beautiful new space to enjoy.

However, there are many considerations to make in order to have a successful bathroom remodeling job done. For instance, you need to consider your plumbing. This is probably a concern of yours, but you might not think of everything. For instance, perhaps you’re considering having a low flow toilet installed to save water and money–but do you know how to properly size that toilet’s rough-in? Or maybe you’re going to install a DIY-shower. Do you know how to properly slope the floor so you don’t have standing water?

Fortunately, our team is here to help so you don’t have to think of any of these things or tackle your remodel on your own! Read on as we uncover a few more things to think about when attempting a successful bathroom remodel.

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What to Consider with your Kitchen Plumbing

May 24th, 2021

kitchenAre you considering remodeling your kitchen? Since they’re often at the center of a home and occupants usually spend a good majority of their time in this area, it makes sense that you want yours to look nice.

But there is much more to a remodeling project than just aesthetics. You want to ensure you’re thinking about functionality, too. That’s what we are here for! When you’re reading to do a kitchen remodel, contact us for your plumbing needs. In the meantime, we’ve shared a few factors for you to consider below to make sure your kitchen remodel goes off without a hitch.

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What’s Water Hammer and Why Does It Matter?

May 10th, 2021

plumber-fixing-pipe-under-sinkHave you ever been alone at home, enjoying some peace and quiet when all of the sudden you hear a metallic clang from seemingly inside the walls? The good news is, it’s probably not ghostly activity or even intruders you’re hearing. It’s most likely something called water hammer, which happens inside your plumber system.

We’re sure “water hammer” may sound a little intimidating, but it’s actually a pretty common occurrence. It’s not a devastating problem to have, but it can create trouble in the pipes if not dealt with soon. Read on as we dive into what water hammer is, what it does, and how to get rid of it.

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Have You Noticed These Signs of Hard Water?

April 26th, 2021

two-techs-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitYou may have heard the term hard water at some point, yet not really understood exactly what it was. That’s okay, we’re here to help! Hard water isn’t something that’s harmful to you or your family, so let’s get that out of the way. It simply describes water with a high level of minerals in it—namely magnesium, calcium, and iron.

While these minerals aren’t harmful for you, they can certainly be a threat to your quality of life through your plumbing system. The minerals turn into deposits, clinging to the lining of your pipes and leading to problems like leaks, blockages, and corrosion. Ultimately hard water can end up being a pretty costly issue—so how do you know if your home has this problem? Read on to learn some of the signs.

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