Performance Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘St. Charles’

Water Heater Installation: Should You Go with a Tank or Tankless?

Monday, November 9th, 2020

hot-water-coming-from-faucet-with-steamIf there is any appliance in the average home that gets taken the most for granted, we’re going to hazard a guess and say it’s the water heater. We rely on these systems the most out of all the other systems in our home, but don’t typically think about them, until something goes wrong.

And when something goes wrong that leads to water heater replacement, you’ll probably be tempted to rush into a purchase to get your comfort back as quickly as possible. We really want to encourage you to do your research though, and get our help determining what type of water heater is best for you. Sure, you can go with another tank water heater if that’s what you’ve always had. But what if a tankless system could serve you better? Read on to learn more!

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Are Your Pipes Knocking? Here’s What to Do!

Monday, October 26th, 2020

two-horizontal-copper-pipesImagine this scenario: you’re peacefully sleeping or relaxing in your home, and then all of the sudden your peace is disrupted by a persistent knocking noise. It’s not coming from the front door—rather, it’s coming from… inside your walls!

No, this probably isn’t the sign of a haunted house. A much more likely scenario is that what you’re heating is your plumbing pipes knocking. This is definitely not a sound to be too alarmed by, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore the problem either, and that can cause plumbing problems like pinhole leaks and loose plumbing joints.

Read on as we dive into what causes knocking pipes and what you can do about it.

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The Factors That Cause Toilet Troubles

Monday, October 12th, 2020

hand-flushing-toiletOne of the most common calls we get in regards to toilet plumbing is about a toilet that won’t stop running. It sounds like a bad joke, but unfortunately, it’s actually a reality for many homeowners throughout the country. Fortunately, though, it’s not a serious problem. Not for our plumbers, anyway.

But it’s definitely an issue you want to take care of right away. Not only is it a nuisance to listen to that running toilet, but this problem also wastes water.

Read on as we dive into your toilet—dive into what’s causing your toilet problems, that is!

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Do Tank Water Heaters Need Maintenance?

Monday, September 28th, 2020

water-heater-tankThe short answer to this is “yes,” which might leave you wondering why. We have the answers you seek!

First off, have you heard of hard water before? This is water with a high presence of minerals in it–namely magnesium and calcium, and sometimes even iron. For most people. these minerals are completely harmless to ingest. Unfortunately, though, it leads to scaling, which damages your plumbing.

Scaling is the name given to the deposits that get left behind due to these minerals, and they can impact your water heater worse than any other portion of your plumbing system. While scale can be cleaned relatively easily from a faucet, it’s not so simple when it comes to your water heater. Read on to learn more, and when you’re ready to schedule water heater maintenance reach out to our team!

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Are You Protecting Your Bathroom Plumbing Against Common Threats?

Monday, March 16th, 2020

hand-on-bathroom-sink-faucetA common service we often recommend to our customers is routine drain cleaning as part of your overall plumbing maintenance. Our plumbers will come to your home and use the best in current technology—such as a hydro-jet system—to thoroughly clear out the drainpipes throughout your household.

This removes buildup that leads to frequent slow and clogged drains, and also helps prevent your plumbing system from suffering other damage too. With winter almost behind us, why not make a drain cleaning appointment as part of your spring cleaning plan?

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Do Tankless Water Heaters Need Maintenance?

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

tech-working-on-tankless-water-heaterStandard storage-tank water heaters are the type most often found in homes today—it’s the conventional system that people are used to. They’re big, and very noticeable, even if “hidden” away in a closet. Therefore, even if you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it, you do know that it needs service. After all, scaling from hard water can have a major negative impact on your water heater, allowing for a mineral buildup that clangs around and can ultimately cause damage to the system.

What many people don’t realize is, while their tankless counterparts are space-saving and extremely efficient, they also need maintenance! Actually, much of the maintenance completed for tank water heaters is about the same as the maintenance performed on tank water heaters. Don’t hesitate to give us a call to schedule service. In the meantime, read on to learn more.

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Do You Have a Plumbing Leak?

Monday, February 17th, 2020

plumber-working-on-sink-plumbingGiven that most of your home’s plumbing system is hidden behind walls or beneath the floor, it can be really hard to detect plumbing leaks—especially since the signs of these leaks are usually subtle to start with!

This is the main reason we recommend scheduling preventive maintenance at least once a year. However, it’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself and your family with the warning signs that your plumbing system is experiencing problems. On the rare chance that a problem does happen between maintenance visits, this way you can spot it quickly and call for repairs right away.

Read on as we uncover several of the most common signs you have a leak.

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Is It Time for You to Upgrade to a Tankless Water Heater?

Monday, January 6th, 2020

young-woman-in-shower-looking-surprisedThe time has come—you’ve had your tank water heater for 15, maybe even 20 years, and there is no denying that it’s just not up to the job of effectively and efficiently keeping water inside of it warm. Perhaps you noticed the hot water volume has decreased and family members are going without warm showers—or maybe you even noticed corrosion.

It could even be that you came across this blog post as you’re constructing a new home, and you’re unsure if a tank system or tankless is best for your household.

Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place! Read on as we uncover what makes a tankless water heater different, and how you will benefit from those differences.

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Signs It’s Time for a Drain Cleaning

Monday, November 25th, 2019

water-running-down-drainHave you ever had a bad hair day? Well, imagine how your pipes feel when they have a bad hair day.

We’re talking about hair in your bathroom shower and sink drains—hair, as well as grease, grime, and other particles can all contribute to dirty and more importantly, clogged drains. Without proper care, problems with your drain system can turn into huge hassles and impact your entire plumbing system. Therefore, it’s important to invest in not only regular annual drain cleaning, but to schedule drain cleaning whenever you suspect you need it.

But, how do you know if you need it? Well, fortunately, there are signs you can watch out for. We’ve outlined them below for you. Read on to find out if now is a good time to schedule your drain cleaning.

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How Hard Water Impacts Your Plumbing and Quality of Life

Monday, May 27th, 2019

bathroom-sink-faucet-turned-onYou’ve likely heard of hard water before, but do you know what it is?

This is what occurs when there is a high level of minerals in your tap water—namely magnesium, calcium, and potentially iron as well. These minerals are not unhealthy to ingest, so that’s not a concern. However, they can definitely have a negative impact on your plumbing, and subsequently your quality of life!

With the right plumber in St. Charles, MO, we can assess your water treatment needs, whether it is installing a water softener or determining what other problems might exist with proper water quality testing. Since today we’re focusing on hard water, we’ve outlined below some of the signs you should watch out for that indicate your home is suffering from this issue.

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