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Should You Get a Gas Water Heater?

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The Flame of A Gas Water Heater Warms Water At Twice the Speed of An Electric Water Heater

A lot of homes in America have a tankless or tank water heater that uses electricity or gas as the energy source to heat the water. While electricity is already installed in the majority of people’s homes due to internet and cable needs, most homeowners just opt for an electric water heater. But they could be saving so much money and getting hotter water so much quicker with a gas water heater! Propane and gas water heaters run on natural gas or propane. In order to transfer the gas safely to the water heaters, gas lines need to be installed in homes. If you have a propane water heater, propane tank installation may be required as well. While this raises the price of installation, average energy savings thanks to the gas water heater alone are around $100. Over its lifespan, the gas water heater pays for itself whereas the electric water heater ends up costing you more in repair fees and energy bill increases. For gas water heater installation or repair in Jarrell and Georgetown, TX, call Kinsey Plumbing Services at (512) 930-2677 today.

Electric Vs Gas Water Heaters

Electric

  • Has a lifespan of 13 years.
  • Does not require additional installation or wiring.
  • More convenient.
  • Easier repairs.
  • If there is no electricity, water cannot be heated.

Gas

  • Has a lifespan of 20 years.
  • Can require additional gas line installation, raising the cost.
  • Dangerous and explosive if mishandled.
  • Heats water quicker.
  • Gas water heaters work in power outages and storms to provide hot water in emergencies.

Before Things Escalate – How to Tackle Slab Leak Damage

Crack in a Concrete Path

Slab Leaks are a Serious Problem for Your Foundation. A Small Leak Can Have Big Long-Term Consequences.

While not every homeowner has had the horror of personally handling a slab leak, most know enough to say “it’s really bad!” Indeed, these leaks cost many Americans hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars in water waste, plus a great deal of money for slab leak repair. Today, we’ll talk about the primary causes of slab leaks and why they can be so dangerous for homeowners.

What Causes a Slab Leak?

A slab leak occurs when a pipe that fits through the foundation slab beneath your home fails (for whatever reason) and begins to leak water or sewage. There are a few primary forces that can cause the pipe to fail, including:

  • Long-Term Corrosion
  • Internal Pressure (from blockage)
  • External Pressure (from shifting ground)

Unfortunately, there’s very little you can do to prevent long-term corrosion, except to choose highly durable piping. When it comes to internal pressure, homeowners have more options. Regular inspections, occasional water treatment (or a water softener installation), and paying close attention to what you flush down the toilet will help you protect your slab pipes.

External pressure is a long term war. A cracked driveway may be the first sign of shifted ground. Before you get started on driveway repair, make sure you check your plumbing for potential leaks.

Can a Slab Leak Cause Foundation Problems?

The short answer is “yes. When water from your pipes seeps into cracked concrete, the material is slowly worn away and destabilized. This process may last for years before the damage becomes noticeable, but the effects could be catastrophic for your home. If you notice water coming up through cracks in the pavement, against the exterior walls, or even beneath the internal flooring, contact your local plumber as soon as possible.

Schedule Your Slab Leak Repairs Today!

You’ll want a plumber that has experience with slab leak repair. If you suspect your home may have a plumbing leak, let’s get it taken care of as soon as possible! You can call our team at (512) 930-2677 for assistance.

How Can We Save Energy in Our Homes?

Energy Efficiency

Surprised by Your Energy Bill? Learn How You Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient!

Saving money and fighting energy waste is an ongoing battle that every homeowner faces. The good news is, there are many opportunities for you to conserve energy, so it’s easy to get started! Here are some valuable tips you can use to get the ball rolling on your quest for energy efficiency.

Ways to Improve Your Home Energy Efficiency

The easiest method to find ways to save is determining what parts of your home consume the most electricity. Together, your water heater, clothes washer, and dishwasher represent several hundreds of dollars in electricity and gas expenses. If you can replace these with more energy efficient models, you could see hundreds of dollars in savings on an annual basis.

You don’t always have to spend big to save big however! You don’t have to kick off your energy goals by investing the latest tankless electric water heater. Even little appliance upgrades, such as a low-flow shower head, can help you cut down on hot water heating costs.

Combating Energy Losses

Half the battle of energy efficiency is fighting against energy waste. While much of this waste is generated by losses in your HVAC system and roofing insulation, there are other less obvious culprits. “Always on” devices for instance, such as electronics, your furnace, and plugged in cooking appliances. These consume energy even when they aren’t being used; try to unplug appliances and electronics that aren’t in use, or search

Your water usage too has a big impact on your home’s energy efficiency. Remember: if it requires hot water, it uses electricity (and/or gas). Using cold water to wash your clothes can save considerable amounts of money on laundry day. Taking a hot shower may use less energy than taking a bath, but cool showers are even more efficient. Even reusing lightly used drinking glasses can help you reduce the number of dishwasher cycles, which require hot water.

Schedule Your Plumbing Inspection

We wish you good luck in your quest for enhanced energy efficiency in your home. We’d love to do our part by helping you maintain your plumbing system and cut down on water waste! If you’d like more information about saving energy, or if you’d like to schedule an inspection, feel free to contact our team at (512) 930-2677.

Tankless Vs. Tank Water Heater

The 10 year warranty on your water heater is coming up and it is time to replace it. Should you stick with the same water heater type you have or invest in something new? Here, we weigh the pros and cons of the two most popular water heater choices: a tankless and tank water heater.

Tank Water Heater

We Install and Repair Both Tankless and Tank Water Heaters

The original water heater model, it has been around since the 1800s. The tank water heater is usually found in unused areas like garages, basements, laundry rooms, or storage closets. It is large and can be unsightly to some. The tank water heater can store dozens of gallons of water for indefinite periods of time, which is great if you ever have an emergency situation. One heating coil at the bottom of the tank constantly keeps the stagnant water warm until it is ready for use, meaning it is always hot. Because the water just sits there, sediment deposits from the minerals in the water eventually form on the tank and clog the machine, requiring repairs.

Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters are a slightly newer invention. Much tinier, they appear the be the size and shape of a suitcase, or even smaller, sometimes the size of thermostats. Tankless water heaters don’t store water, and only heat water when the hot water tap is turned on, saving water and energy. Tankless water heaters are beneficial for small households or those without lots of space. Because they don’t store water, tankless water heaters take longer to produce hot water, so they are not recommended for large families or people who want instant hot water.

Can’t decide which water heater is best for you? Call Kinsey Plumbing Services at (512) 930-2677 and we can help you choose if a tankless or tank water heater would be best for your home in Jarrell and Georgetown, TX.

The Dangers of Small Water Leaks

When your home has a small water leak, you may be tempted to put off repairs. However, these water leaks can lead to multiple problems that go unnoticed until it’s too late. It’s always best to repair any size water leak as soon as it’s found to prevent big problems with hefty price tags.

Prevent Water Leak Damage in Your Home.

Even the Smallest Water Leaks Can Cause Extensive Damage to Your Home.

Insurance Denial

While some water damage is covered by a typical insurance policy, gradual damage is never covered. Therefore, if your small leak causes damages over time, they will not be covered by your policy. It’s always best to report any water damages as soon as they occur for the best possibility of coverage.

Mold Growth

As water and moisture sits, it begins to create the perfect environment for mold growth. Many kinds of mold are simply a nuisance, but there are a few that can cause major health problems. Mold removal is a costly and lengthy project that can be avoided with timely repair of your water leaks.

Structural and Cosmetic Damage

When your home has an unrepaired water leak, you may find yourself facing problems like rotted cabinets or flooring, weakened structural boards and braces, and peeling paint or paper. These problems can be wide-ranging and can require a simple coat of paint or can be extensive and need rebuilding or replacement.

While water leaks in your home are never any fun, they are much less costly and time-consuming than further problems that can stem from a continued leak. When you think you have a water leak, call the Kinsey Plumbing Services experts right away to provide realistic options for every budget. Call us today at (512) 930-2677 to schedule your appointment.

The Benefits of Getting a Water Softener Installation

If you have hard water in your home, there is a way to stop it once and for all. Getting a water softener installation for your home’s plumbing can make a huge device in your day to day life. There are many benefits that are sure to satisfy homeowners who have been dealing with hard water for too long. Below is a list of reasons why you should consider a water softener installation.

Extends a Plumbing Appliance Lifespan

The Benefits of Getting a Water Softener Installation

Have You Appliance, Systems, and Pipes Work Effectively with a Water Softener Installation.

Hard water tends to have a lot of minerals, which can build up in appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters. Due to the build of these minerals, it can cause the efficiency and lifespan of these appliances to decrease. By installing a whole water softener system, you can prevent whole appliance replacements due to damages from hard water.

Plumbing Systems and Pipes Are Cleaner

Because of the minerals and deposits that are found in hard water, they tend to clog up pipes and plumbing systems. Not only that, these deposits and minerals can also corrode the pipes, which makes a replacement service inevitable. Water softeners can reduce this risk and keep your plumbing systems and pipes safe from mineral and deposits found in hard water.

Better Energy Costs

With a water softener installation, you are able to save more money on energy bills. The minerals and deposits that build up in our pipes, systems, and appliances, can affect the way they perform, causing them to work harder than they should. A water softener enables these plumbing systems, pipes, and appliances to work more efficiently.

If you are interested in an installation or repairs for a water softener in Jarrell and Georgetown, TX, call Kinsey Plumbing Services at (512) 930-2677 to set up an appointment.

 

Water Line Leaks and How To Spot Them

It is rare that you find yourself thinking about your water lines unless something has gone wrong with them. Though you don’t think about them often, you probably should because if something is leaking, you will need to be paying attention. Unfortunately, because water lines are underground and even run underneath your house, it can be hard to tell if one is leaking. It has usually been leaking for some time before you will notice it. Sometimes you will not even know it until you have a plumber out for something else and they find that happening. There are some signs that you should pay attention to or if you notice, call a plumber right away and have it fixed. A leaking water line can waste thousands of dollars a year depending on how bad it is. It can also cause serious damage to your home if you let it go on long enough.

The Signs

Water Bill – Most people will notice if their water bill is increasingly getting higher and higher. This is usually when people start to realize that something is wrong. If you check and see that you don’t have any leaks in your home, but your bill is still rising, you should call a plumber out and have them look for a leak. Since it is usually hard for people that aren’t trained to find water line leaks, it is usually better to just let the professionals handle it from the beginning.

Wet Spots – Have you walked into your backyard and found that you now have a mini swamp in one part of your yard. This is obviously not a normal thing and if you notice this but all of your outside water systems are not leaking to your knowledge, you probably have a leaking water line that has gotten pretty bad.

If you suspect or know that you have a water line leak, give Kinsey Plumbing Services a call at (512) 930-2677 and let the experts handle it for you with no problems at all.

Should You Get A Tankless Water Heater?

Tankless Water Heater

Our Staff Can Answer Any Questions You Might Have About Installing a Tankless Water Heater.

There are few things as irritating as running out of hot water halfway through your shower. Unfortunately, this can happen frequently in homes with traditional style water heaters and a high demand for hot water. If you’re tired of never having enough hot water, you might be wondering what your other options are. Kinsey Plumbing Services offers an excellent solution with our professional tankless water heater installation services.

Pros and Cons of a Tankless Water Heater

Like everything else in life, there are good and bad aspects to installing a tankless water heater in your home. It is important for you to understand both sides to determine if a tankless water heater is truly the best option for your family. Here are some of the pros and cons for you to consider.

Pros

Tankless water heaters provide an endless supply of hot water because they heat the water as you need it. They also take up less room and can often be mounted on the wall, which could free up some storage space in your home. In addition to these benefits, tankless water heaters are actually more energy efficient than traditional water heaters.

Cons

The fact that a tankless water heater heats the water as you need it is both good and bad. It’s good because you never run out, but it can be bad because it takes longer for the hot water to travel from the water heater to the faucet. It also limits the amount of hot water that can be delivered all at once. So if you want to shower, do laundry and run the dishwasher all at the same time, a tankless water heater might not be up to the job.

For more information or to schedule a tankless water heater installation in Jarrell and Georgetown, TX, call our office at (512) 930-2677.

Inspect Your Plumbing Now

The new year is well under way. Undoubtedly, you have plenty going on at work and at home, and you’re hard at work on your resolutions. There are plenty of things in your life that could use improving and care, and your plumbing system is one of them. A plumbing inspection may not seem like it belongs high on your to-do list, but when is the last time you had one? Inspect your plumbing now.

Checking Your Plumbing After the Holidays and Before the Rest of the New Year

Man Inspecting Under Sink

Inspect Your Plumbing Now.

If you have family and friends over for the holidays, your plumbing probably had a lot to handle. All that extra work is hard on your tubs, sinks, toilets, and all parts of your plumbing system. That extra wear may have affected the system more than you think. Have an inspection to make sure that your system not only survived the holidays, but that it’s ready for the rest of the year.

Though winter is not entirely over in some places, there is never a bad time to check your plumbing for any problems the cold temperatures may have caused. Make sure the freezing temperatures didn’t crack your pipes, and that you don’t have any leaks. Even if your in for more winter weather, have an inspection to make sure your plumbing is ready.

Even if you don’t see any obvious signs of problems, having your plumbing checked now means that you will be good to go for the rest of the year. If there are issues, you can get them fixed now. If there are none, then you have the peace of mind knowing you’re starting the new year with working plumbing.

Inspect your plumbing now. Call Kinsey Plumbing Services at (512) 930-2677 for plumbing services in Jarrell, TX.

Unfreeze Pipes this Winter

Winter time means cold weather for most. While some winters are mild, others are freezing, and it’s not always possible to know what you’ll experience from year to year. When the weather’s freezing, your pipes are at risk of doing the same. You can end up with trickling water, a water blockage, or bursting pipes. What are you to do in order to unfreeze pipes this winter?

Unfreezing Pipes

Frozen Copper Pipe with Frost Burst and Leaking

Unfreeze Pipes this Winter.

First, you must find the frozen pipe. This isn’t always easy if you have a large house, or the pipe is outdoors. Frozen pipes will usually be in the coldest parts of your home where they are not exposed to the warm air from your HVAC unit. When you find it, there may be frost or condensation on it, and it will be extremely cold to the touch.

Next, you will want to apply gentle warmth to the pipe. Never use fire. Start by warming up the room; turn up your heater or open the pipe’s area up somehow to the warmer air. You could also set up a space heater in the room. Then, get a hair dryer and blow the warm air along the pipe. There is no need to hold it directly to the pipe. Just keep it at a reasonable distance, and move slowly and evenly to avoid rupturing the pipe. Be patient, and be cautious of using this electrical tool near a metal pipe with water.

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Heat tape may also be useful. You wrap it around the pipe and plug it in. A cable will warm the pipe to thaw the ice. Be cautious when using it, and only use it as long as you need to thaw the pipe.

If you’re uncomfortable with any of these methods to unfreeze pipes, or your pipe has frozen and burst, or is leaking, then call our plumbers at (512) 930-2677 for frozen pipe repair in Jarrell and Georgetown, TX.