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Have you ever wondered if it’s safe to use the toilet or shower in your home while the power is out? You may have access to water through your plumbing line, but you should be cautious. Follow these tips to know how you should use your plumbing system during a power outage.
Water heaters, even those that burn a fuel like natural gas, need electricity to run. Fuel-based water heaters use electricity to start the heating process. No power means no hot water. If you have heated water in a tank, it may stay warm for a little while after the power goes out. But sometimes, hot water is an absolute necessity. In those cases, you might consider getting a generator to run your water heater.
Even without hot water, you may notice that your faucets still run fairly normally during a power outage. Homes that are connected to the local water supply should still have access to cold water. People who use an electric pump to draw water out of a well may temporarily lose access to water. If the power outage relates to flooding, you may be concerned about water contamination. Follow the news to see if the city puts out any specific guidelines. You should always wait on using any water for drinking or cleaning if there’s any question about its safety.
You probably have a toilet that relies on gravity for flushing. In this case, your toilet should flush waste like it usually does even with the power out. However, if the power outage is due to a larger storm that could affect your access to fresh water, you may want to minimize the amount of flushing you do.
A sump pump is a system that will help to remove water in the event of a flood. Sump pumps, like water heaters, use electricity to run. They are an amazing tool! At Mr. Plumber, we believe that a sump pump is your best protection from water damage. A power outage during a big rainstorm could put your sump pump out of commission until the power comes back on. Because of this, many homeowners consider having a sump pump backup system.
That nasty smell coming from your drain could be more than just a bad smell. It could be a serious sewer gas leak in your home.
So don’t ignore it! Here are a few of the reasons that this happens and what you can do to get rid of it.
All drain lines have a trap in them that prevents sewer gas from coming up into your home through the drain. Basically, it’s a U-shaped pipe that contains water. If you don’t use your sink for a while, the water in the trap can evaporate, allowing the nasty gas into your home.
What you can do: Run the water. This should refill the trap and eliminate the smell.
If you installed or had someone else install a new sink, bathtub or other drain line, was a proper trap installed? If not, this is likely the problem. Nothing is preventing the smell from the sewer from getting into your home.
What you can do: Have a professional, licensed plumber install the proper trap.
One of the most common reasons for a kitchen sink to have a rotten egg or moldy smell is from grease or fat getting stuck in your drains. When you pour grease down your drain, it can congeal to the sides.
And then, as it begins to decompose the smell can make its way back into your home. So don’t put grease down the drain!
What you can do: Try this: put a couple teaspoons of baking soda in the drain and then pour in some vinegar. Then chase it with a pot of boiling water. The foaming of the baking soda/vinegar eats away at the junk in the drain and the boiling water helps wash it all away and sanitizes the drain.
More info: Using vinegar and baking soda to clear drains
Scraps of food can get stuck on the blades, creating a moldy or rotting smell.
That’s why you should continue to run water over the garbage disposal for about 30 seconds after it has finished making grinding noises. That will help wash out old food scraps. But if you already have the problem…
What you can do: Try running some ice cubes through your garbage disposal. This helps knock off food stuck to the blades. Then throw a few orange or lemon slices through it for a nice, citrus smell.
When a plumbing vent is clogged, a sewer smell can back up into your home. If you can, check the vent for obstructions like a bird’s nest.
What you can do: Remove any obstructions in the plumbing vents. To prevent future problems, you can add screens to the vents.
Freezing … That’s how you’d describe the water in your shower after several minutes. There are reasons this is happening.
Here are 4 common ones:
Simultaneously running too many other hot water appliances will leave you in a deep freeze in the shower.
Dishwashers and washing machines are your biggest hot water hogs. So try to schedule your showers when those aren’t running.
Do you have more family members since you first bought your water heater? Did you move into a home that had a smaller family? Did you buy a smaller water heater to save money?
If you said “yes” to any of these, it’s possible your current water heater can’t meet your family’s hot water needs.
To see if your water heater can meet your needs, try this:
If you need a new water heater installed, contact us for help.
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The dip tube pushes cold water to the bottom of the tank so the heating element can heat it.
But a broken dip tube will shoot cold water into the top of the tank, preventing it from being properly heated.
If you find small bits of plastic in the shower head or clogging a strainer, this is your problem.
Imagine you have a drinking cup with a rock in it. The rock takes up space in the cup so there’s less room for water.
That’s what sediment does to your water heater. Sediment (fine minerals carried in by the water) builds up in the water heater tank over time and takes up space so there’s less room for hot water.
If this is your problem, your water heater needs flushing.
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