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At Tioga Contractors, we help our Irving, TX area customers with our experience as well as our skills. For instance, when we perform water heater maintenance, after dealing with hundreds or even thousands of them, our team members have a good idea when water heater repairs are going to be necessary, and how urgent they are likely to be. Our knowledge gives you the opportunity to, at least some of the time, pick a day that’s convenient for you and schedule a visit from us, rather than noticing trouble brewing in the basement and saying “uh-oh,” then calling for emergency service. It goes without saying that, as plumbers, we like things to flow smoothly, including your schedule.

Pressure Relief Valve

If the pressure relief valve on your water heater, a mechanism on the outside somewhere near the top with a pipe running down from it, is discharging water, you could have one of two types of trouble. Either the valve is faulty, in which case it’s not reliably protecting your home from pressure problems in your hot water heater, or it is doing its job and you have pressure or temperature problems in your water heater. Either way, a prompt hot water heater repair is necessary, because you’re not sure that you’re protected against serious pressure problems. Today is a perfect day for this kind of water heater repair, or soon if not today.

Anode Rod

Once every few years, your anode rod will need replacing. It’s not urgent, and it’s easy to plan. Performing this kind of routine water heater repair during maintenance is a great idea. The anode rod helps reduce corrosion of the tank, so it’s a very helpful component of the heater, and shouldn’t be allowed to dissolve completely as it will over time. If your hot water smells like rotten eggs, it’s usually a sign that the rod is not doing its job and bacteria are growing, especially if you have well water. Depending on your water type, the anode rod may be aluminum, aluminum with zinc, or magnesium. Your water heater repair expert will make sure that you have the right kind, and if you add a water softener system your anode rod may also need to be changed to another type. If the anode rod dissolves and is not replaced, the tank will also corrode faster and your water heater life will be shortened. It’s not an urgent repair, but it’s definitely a necessary one, performed on a scheduled basis every few years.

Thermostat

Your water heater may have an upper and a lower thermostat, and when there’s a problem with one or the other you may have strange hot water problems. If just one thermostat and heater are working, you may run out of hot water fairly quickly as the other half of the tank is not being heated properly. Before you begin a hunt for the guilty when the shower water runs out, it’s a good idea to check the water heater and keep the peace. Make sure to check the pilot light or circuit breaker too. This can be an urgent issue if you don’t like cold showers and need to keep washing clothes and dishes in hot water. Otherwise, you can schedule a repair sometime soon for best efficiency, performance, and longevity of your water heater’s components. A note: if you set your water heater thermostat too low, you won’t have hot enough water for good hygiene such as hand washing. Too high is also not recommended because it will make the hot water in your pipes hot enough to scald people, especially children and seniors. Although many units arrive set at 140 degrees F, 120 is the EPA recommended setting.

Heater

If it seems like the thermostat is not working, it could of course be a heater problem. As mentioned above, when the water heater seems to have trouble supplying hot water, you can check the circuit breaker or pilot light for a simple fix that sometimes does the job. Otherwise, a call to the plumber for water heater repair is necessary. We’ll do some testing and perform the appropriate repairs, ensuring that you can relax.

Tank Corrosion

The lifetime of a hot water heater is usually defined by the tank integrity. When it has corroded to the point where there are risks of leaking or other damage, it’s definitely time to change it. The anode rod’s function helps extend the life of the tank, usually to about ten years but it can be longer. When we perform a maintenance visit, we can give an indication of where in its lifespan the tank currently is. That can help you plan ahead. By changing your water heater at the appropriate time, of course, you avoid water heater related flooding or, in some rare circumstances, explosion from pressure problems in a weak tank.

When the Pipe Goes Under the Slab

In some cases, the pipes for the hot water heater are located under the concrete slab on which your home is built, usually along with other water supply pipes. When pipes leak under the slab, it’s not always easy to detect the problem at first. The hot water pipes are an exception, because the water that leaks under the slab is hot, and your basement floor will probably have a warm spot. If you notice this, it could help your plumber diagnose the problem more quickly if you let them know.

Call Your Professional Plumber for Irving, TX Who Keeps Your Hot Water Flowing

Whether you need water heater repairs urgently or want to schedule maintenance and routine repairs for the future, our team can help you. Tioga Contractors serves customers in the Irving, TX area with expert plumbing services including water heater repair, and expert advice to help them plan their home’s plumbing repairs and updates. Give us a call for emergencies and to schedule water heater repair and maintenance.

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Is your water heater running, ok? Is it efficient? Has it malfunctioned in the past year? Are you getting enough hot water? When’s the last time you had it maintained? Is it time to replace it? If your water heater is more than 7 years old, these are the questions you should be asking your local plumbing professional. Water heaters usually last an average of 9 – 12 years. Being proactive in the maintenance of your water heater may help it last for much longer than that. The key to increasing the lifespan of your water heater is preventive maintenance and quick repair. Water heaters are complex machines that help us live our everyday life in comfort. Water heaters should be inspected and maintained on a yearly basis by a professional plumbing contractor. If you live in or around the Bedford, TX, area, contact Tioga Contractors for all of your water heater repair and maintenance needs.

Understanding how your water heater works and when to contact a professional water heater professional will not only help you keep your appliance longer, it will also help you save money on energy, prevent water heater malfunctions, and help you save money overall.

The Conventional Water Heater

The way your water heater operates may differ slightly, depending on the type of water heater you have. The most commonly used and owed water heater is the conventional or storage tank water heater. This water heater’s most prominent and identifying feature is its huge storage tank. These types of water heaters are typically found in the basement and garages of a household. Storage tank water heaters usually hold about 40 gallons of water; however, larger ones can hold up to 60 gallons. Water heaters can be powered by gas, electricity, or any type of alternative energy. When installing a new water heater keep these things in mind. You do not have to get the same type of water heater you previously had; you can have your professional plumber upgrade your water heater to a newer and more modern version.

The Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters are more modern than the original conventional water heater design. Although both types of water heaters have their pros and cons, the tankless water heater may be more useful for certain homes and lifestyles. Tankless water heaters do not have tanks and do not need a tank to provide your property with hot water. Conventional water heaters store and heat eaters in the 40–60-gallon tank, whereas tankless water heaters utilize coils to heat water. Tankless water heaters are also known as on-demand water heaters because the hot water is literally heated on demand. There is no storing involved. Tankless water heaters seem to provide a virtually endless supply of hot water. Tankless water heaters are perfect for large households and bigger properties.

If you live in or around the area, and are interested in upgrading your water heater appliance, contact a Tioga Contractors, to hire a water heater repair and installation professional you can trust.

When You Should Contact an Water Heater Repair Technician for Urgent Repair

No Hot Water

One of the most common and serious issues water heater appliances seem to have, is having no hot water. If you own a conventional water heater, hot water may have just run out, however, if the hot water doesn’t return within an hour or so, contact a professional water heater technician.

Water heaters do not take long to heat and refill the water in the water heater tank. It should tank an hour or two at the most. Tankless water heaters are an entirely different story. Tankless water heaters virtually never run out of hot water. If it does, you can bet that there is something seriously wrong.

Other reasons your hot water may be off, could be an issue with the ignitor, or heat source, a leaking tank, or other malfunctions. If your hot water has disappeared and you live in the Bedford, TX, area, contact Tioga Contractors for urgent water heater repair.

Little Hot Water

If your hot water does work, but it just isn’t enough, you may need to have your water heater repaired or replaced. Perhaps your household has grown larger or you’re moving into a larger house with a 40 gallon water heater appliance. The amount of hot water used, compared to what’s available, will differ. More people and more appliances means more hot water used. If your household has grown in size, it may be time to either get a larger water heater or replace it with a newer more efficient one.

Other reasons your hot water may run out too quickly could be due to a water heater tank leak. Water heater tank leas are serious faults. Unfortunately, if your water heater tank begins to leak, your water heater repair professional will have to replace the entire tank. This is why proper water heater repair and maintenance is so important for these appliances.

Your Water Heater Is Making Noises

Your water heaters could be making a series of noises, However, the most common problematic noise you may hear coming from your water heater is banging or pebble lie sounds, emanating from your water heaters tank. This rumbling and tumbling noise is created by sediment and minerals that have collected and clumped together. The noise is an indication that your water heater appliance is in major need of a flush. Water heating appliances must be flushed periodically to prevent minerals and sediment from collecting inside of the water heater. Water naturally has minerals and sediment inside. The heating of these minerals can make it become a permanent fixture of your water heater tank without proper maintenance. Flushing your water heater periodically stops this from happening and subsequently prevents water heater tank leaks. It’s important that a water heater appliance flush is conducted by a professional water heater repair technician because the water can be extremely hot.

Contact a professional water heater repair and maintenance technician to help you prevent common water heater malfunctions and faults. If you live in or around the area, contact Tioga Contractors, to assist you with all your plumbing system and electrical system needs.

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The plumbing system in your Euless, TX home is a complex and essential system. If your plumbing system isn’t working properly, you won’t be able to get clean, treated water into your home. Problems with a plumbing system can also make it difficult for water and waste to exit the home.

The water supply system starts with the water main outside your home. It delivers clean water into the home through various water lines connected to your sinks, bathtubs, and toilets.

If there is a problem with a water line in your home, it can cause a variety of problems. It is best if you can recognize the signs that you need to schedule an appointment for water line repair before serious issues occur.

If you notice any of the issues listed below, you should schedule a repair immediately.

#1 Your Drains Get Clogged Often

If you find that your drains are getting clogged frequently, and if they are getting harder and harder to unclog, the issue may not be with your pipes and internal plumbing in your home. There could be an issue with the main water line.

When you schedule an appointment for water line repair, they can perform an inspection and let you know if they will need to make a repair.

#2 Poor Water Pressure

If the water pressure in your home has always been adequate, and suddenly it is poor, you may need to schedule an appointment for water line repair. Before you make the call, check to see if the hot and cold water pressure is poor. If you have issues with just the hot water, the problem likely lies within your water heater. If the hot and cold water pressure is poor, you could have a leak in the water line. This is a serious issue. If there is water leaking behind the wall, it can result in structural damage. It can also promote mold growth. To prevent these issues from occurring, you should schedule an appointment for repairs immediately.

#3 Discolored Water

If you turn on the water and it comes out yellow or brown, you have a plumbing issue. If just the hot water is discolored, you have a water heater issue. If the hot and cold water is discolored, you have a plumbing issue. Rust doesn’t just build up inside the pipes. It can also build up in the water line.

Discolored water is not safe for bathing, drinking, or cooking; therefore, you should schedule an appointment for water line repair immediately. When you schedule the appointment, the plumber will be able to determine the cause of the water discoloration.

#4 Higher Than Normal Water Bills

If you notice that your water bill is higher than usual, you may have a problem. Before you schedule an appointment for water line repair, you should first think about any changes that were made in your home. If a new person recently moved into your home, your water demand will increase, which will increase your water bill. The same is true if you recently bought a dishwasher or washing machine. If you are using your water to refill a pool or hot tub, it will also cause an increase in your water bill.

If nothing has changed in your home, schedule an appointment for repairs. If there is a leak somewhere in the water line, it can waste a significant amount of water.

Until you schedule an appointment for repairs, your water bills will continue to be high.

#5 Water Spots in the Home

If you notice water spots on the walls or the ceiling, you could have a leak in a water line. The same is true if your floors are damp. This is a serious issue because the water can cause damage to the structure of your home and promote mold growth. These issues are serious and can be expensive to fix; therefore, you should schedule an appointment for water line repair immediately.

#6 Warm Spots On the Basement Floor

The floor of the basement in your Euless, TX home is typically cold. If you notice warm spots on the basement floor, you should schedule an appointment for water heater repair. You could have a leak in the hot water line under the foundation, which can be damaging to the floor. A few other signs that you have a water line leak under the basement floor include wet floors, mold, and the beginning of cracks.

#7 Sudden Cracks In the Walls or Foundation

If you notice cracks in the walls or your home’s foundation, you should immediately schedule an appointment for water line repair. If there has been a water line leak going on for quite some time, it can seep into the foundation, causing cracks. It can also weaken your home’s structural integrity, which can cause the walls to weaken and become cracked.

#8 An Unpleasant Sewage Smell

If there is a nasty sewage smell in your home, you should schedule an appointment for repair. If dirty water and waste aren’t being channeled away from your home incorrectly due to a water line issue, it can get backed up in the pipes. If you ignore the problem, eventually, your toilets will start to back up, which can result in a really nasty mess.

Why Choose Tioga Contractors?

If you need to schedule an appointment for water line repair, don’t waste your time on a Google search for local plumbers who handle water lines and repairs. Instead, contact Tioga Contractors. We have been serving residential and business customers in the area since 1953. Our plumbers are highly-trained, highly-skilled, licensed, and insured.

We understand that your time is very valuable to you, so we make sure that we are always on time. We also understand that plumbing issues can arise at any time, which is why we offer 24/7 emergency service. If you have a plumbing issue during the weekend or a holiday, we will get a plumber to your home as quickly as we would if you called during regular business hours.

To schedule an appointment for water line repair or any other plumbing issue, give us at Tioga Contractors a call today.

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Our extensive training prepares us to figure out any situation within our range of expertise. If it requires a plumber, electrician, glass service, or a coordinated team effort with other experts, we’ll find a way to fix it. That’s one of our advantages: we’re a family-owned local business, grown over several generations, so we don’t use a corporate playbook to find our answers. In Bedford, TX and the surrounding DFW area, that’s why people rely on us. These days, nature is sending us more customers with challenging problems, too. So, we continue to grow and serve.

Mother Nature’s Challenges and Our Solutions

Many of the challenges we face here in the area are infrastructure-related, especially electrical. Wind, hail, and cold can disrupt the electrical supply, resulting in power outages and irregular power such as surges that affect our clients’ homes and electrical equipment. As the lights flicker, computers can suffer and just about everything electrical in the home can have a computer in it these days. Of course, thunder and lightning bring surges of another kind, much more intense and disruptive.

The lack of power also means a lack of heat, cooling, cooking, and even home medical equipment. Our electricians have a number of solutions for these problems, though. Meanwhile, as our customers are suffering in the cold, their home’s water pipes are exposed to it, too, slowly freezing, expanding, bursting open, and then, when things warm up, spraying or leaking. Who wants to come home to find that? Our plumbers not only can repair the damage but help our customers to identify pipes and risk and get them protected against the cold before trouble arrives.

Preventing Electrical Problems Brought on by the Weather

Whole-house protection beats specialized power strips for electrical surge protection and lightning arresting. A single unit integrated with your power panel protects all the circuits in your home and keeps everything from your children’s game system to your modern stove and refrigerator from having electronics problems.

Do You Have Backup Power?

Real backup power is a generator installed in a safe location to keep exhaust away from your home, and wired into your home’s power so it switches over smoothly and automatically when your power fails. If your home is prone to brief power disruptions, especially in windy weather, we can also provide UPS or uninterruptible power supply power for your home office or other critical location where you’re tired of rebooting every time the lights flicker. Your computer can get tired of the power fluctuations, too, and the UPS can help prevent that.

Heat and Health Are Critical

Everyone likes to stay warm, but for some of us, it’s an urgent situation. The same goes for electrical medical gear that many seniors have at home, helping with breathing at night or making backup oxygen for them. There’s equipment for lifting them up to get around and chair systems that take them up and down the stairs. Our electricians can add special circuits with backup power to keep support equipment functioning. A generator power supply can keep electricity available for these and other critical needs even for days if needed.

Inspecting for Pipes and Valves at Risk in Cold Weather

Cold weather has never been new to the area, but it’s been especially potent lately. We highly recommend having one of our plumbers check your home for plumbing that might be exposed to freezing temperatures, to help avoid costly pipe and valve damage and even burst pipes. We’ll look for lines running outside to your garage or shed, check for unprotected valves serving your yard and landscaping, and even make sure that indoor plumbing is in areas that are sufficiently heated or insulated that cold air won’t reach them and damage them, too.

There are solutions our plumber can provide, often easy ones, for most problems that we might find. An insulating wrap can do the job, and a thermostat-controlled electrical heating wrap can handle pipes that are outside your home. Our professionals can reroute basement pipes or ones under your house, so they’re protected, and replace valves for hoses and car washing with modern units that are self-draining to prevent damage by freezing water left inside them.

Responding to Cold Weather Plumbing Disasters

The pictures on the news from recent plumbing disasters after cold weather have been heart-rending. When the whole house loses heat, every pipe in the home is vulnerable to freezing and bursting, and flooding as they warm up can lead to terrible losses. We recommend that, whenever you have problems with your plumbing, you have us come and check it out right away. There are things our plumbers can do when your water slows or stops because of freezing that could keep you from problems later. Damage is not inevitable.

Pouring Rain Can Make a Mess of Your Basement

One more major surprise our plumbers would like to help you avoid is sewer backups, basement flooding, and related issues when the rains get heavy. We’re glad to examine your sewer and make sure that it’s in good shape and not vulnerable to infiltration by groundwater, pushing back into your home. The same goes for your basement, especially if it has cracked over time. Do you have sump pumps, and are they working? What happens if water enters your basement during heavy rains and the power goes out? Our plumbers have answers, including backup power for your pumps.

Get to Know Tioga Contractors, Your Local Plumbers, and More

We don’t want to say we get ahead of nature’s surprises, but we do help our customers in the Bedford, TX area make wise moves to protect their homes from the wild weather that sometimes arrives here. We’ve been around since the 1950s and seen plenty. Our plumbers and electricians have developed plans and solutions to help homeowners relax and ride out life’s inevitable wild storms. Call us at Tioga Contractors.

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Every appliance in your Arlington, TX home is essential. Your appliances make your life easier and more convenient. While all of your appliances are important, some are more important than others. For example, if your washing machine breaks, you can go to a friend’s house or to the laundromat to wash your clothes. If your dishwasher breaks, you can do your dishes by hand. Although this can be inconvenient, you can still get these tasks handled. Your water heater is different. If it isn’t functioning properly, you can’t take a shower and perform daily household chores.

Because a broken water heater can bring life in your Arlington, TX home to a halt, it is essential that you can recognize the signs that you need water heater repair. If you can detect the issue early, a minor issue can be repaired before it becomes a major one. In most homes, the water heater is located in the corner of the basement or in a closet where it is out of sight. It is important that you take the time to check your water heater every week or two to check for problems. If your water heater is experiencing any of the issues listed below, you should call a plumber specializing in repairs of your water heater as soon as possible.

#1 No Hot Water

If you turn on the hot water and it comes out cold, and you have an oil, gas, or propane water heater, you should first make sure that your bills have been paid and are up-to-date, and have enough fuel in the tank. If that checks out, make sure that the circuit hasn’t tripped.

If everything checks out, you should call a plumber specializing in water heater repair. If you aren’t getting any hot water at all, there could be an electrical issue with your water heater, or it may have broken down completely. The sooner you schedule an appointment for water heater maintenance and repairs, the sooner you will have hot water again.

#2 Your Water Isn’t Getting Hot Enough

If your hot water isn’t coming out as hot as you like, you should first check the thermostat’s temperature setting. It is recommended that you keep it set to around 120 degrees to prevent scalding. If the thermostat is set incorrectly, turn it up. If the thermostat is set properly, you should call a professional in water heater repair. Most water heaters have two heating elements. If one has failed, the entire tank will be heated by just one heating element, which isn’t enough to heat the entire tank to the desired temperature. It is best to call for water heater repair as soon as the problem starts.

#3 You Are Running Out Of Hot Water Faster Than Usual

If you notice that you are running out of hot water in the middle of your shower, you should first think about any changes that have been made in your household. If someone recently moved in, your hot water demand will increase. If this is the problem, you may need to consider having a water heater with a larger tank installed. You can also go with a tankless water heater which provides hot water on demand.

If nothing has changed in your household, you should schedule an appointment for water heater repair. Over time, sediment builds up inside the water tank. If there is a lot of sediment, it will take up space that should be used to store hot water. This will decrease the amount of hot water your water tank can hold. The sooner you call for a repair, the sooner you will have hot water from beginning to end.

#4 Poor Hot Water Pressure

If the hot and cold water pressure in your home is poor, there is a good chance that you have a leak in the waterline. If just the hot water pressure is poor, you should call for water heater repair.

When sediment builds up inside the water tank, small pieces can break off, creating a block in the water line inside the tank. Until you call a plumber specializing in water heaters, you won’t have adequate hot water pressure.

#5 Rusty Hot Water

If your hot and cold water is coming out rusty, you likely have corroded pipes that need to be replaced. If just the hot water is coming out rusty, the problem lies with your water heater.

Over time, sediment can build up inside the water tank. When the water sits in the sediment for a period of time, the rust will come out in the hot water. This is a serious situation and would require a plumber specializing in water heater repair immediately. It is not safe to bathe in rusty water. It is also dangerous to cook with it and drink it. The sooner you call for a repair, the sooner your hot water will be safe for you and your family to use.

#6 Strange Sounds Coming From Your Water Heater

If your water heater is functioning properly, it should be quiet. The most you should hear is a low-level hum when you get really close. If you hear a banging or clanging sound, you should call for a repair immediately. When sediment builds up in the water tank, it can bang against the inside of the tank, which causes noise. If you don’t have the issue fixed by a plumber specializing in water heaters right away, the sediment can create a fracture in the water tank, which is a major issue.

#7 Moisture Or Water Pooling Around the Water Heater

There should never be moisture or water around your water heater. If there is, you should call for a repair immediately. The problem could be simple, such as a broken or disconnected hose. It could also be due to a fracture in the water heater, which is a serious problem. If you don’t have it repaired, the fracture can worsen and cause a major flood in your home.

Why Choose Tioga Contractors?

If you need to schedule an appointment for water heater repair, contact Tioga Contractors. We are a family-owned business that has been serving customers in the area since 1953.

We understand that water heater issues can arise at any time of the day or night. This is why we offer 24/7 emergency service. We will do our best to get to your home as quickly on a weekend or a holiday as we will during normal business hours.

To schedule an appointment for water heater repair or any other plumbing issues, give us a call today.

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Approximately 10,000 gallons of water are wasted annually due to leaks found in most homes from dripping faucets, damaged water lines, and other leaking valves. Though water lines are built from durable and long-lasting materials, it doesn’t mean that they are indestructible since there are various ways that water lines get damaged.

Therefore, if you note that the water line is damaged, it’s critical to have it repaired promptly because damage to your water line may hamper the amount of water coming into your home and lower its quality. As a homeowner you should always be on the lookout for any changes since water line issues could be challenging to pinpoint. Not to worry, though; below are some signs to look out for if you think you need a water line repair.

Increased Water Bills

You can disregard a spike in your water bill if you know the increase is from using more water than you usually do. However, unexplained high water bills could indicate that something is wrong with your water line and that you’re losing water and don’t even know it. To identify the issue, you’ll need to contact a professional plumber. They will be able to help you determine if it’s a damaged water line that’s causing the costly water bills and conduct water line repair.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure may indicate a leak in the waterline, hence affecting water in your home. Low water pressure may be frustrating because it affects all fixtures and appliances that require water to run in homesteads. If you are not sure what the problem is, you should check the main shut-off valve to ensure that it’s completely open.

Clogged pipes disrupt the flow of water, resulting in reduced water pressure. Leaked or ruptured pipes cause water seepage through the ground, thus weakening the water pressure. To resolve this problem, you should contact a plumber to identify the real cause. Depending on the findings, you’ll either need a water line repair or a pipe replacement.

Dirty or Rusty Water

Your water should come clear with no sediments. Discolored water is unsafe for drinking because it can cause illnesses. You can also get skin irritation if you come in contact with contaminated water.

Sometimes you may find the water coming out of your tap is discolored. No need to worry because this may result from leaving your tap closed for a long time, which leads to rust. Corroded pipes lead to water discoloration, but broken water lines give room for infiltration of dirt into the clean water supply.

If you see dirt in your water, the problem could be with the water line system and you may need a repair service immediately.

Wet and Sagging Floors

If you’ve not spilled water on your floor and you note wet spots or sagging floors, it means there’s a problem in the plumbing system. In case of an underground leakage, water tends to infiltrate and wet your floors. This could lead to serious floor damage, thus spoiling your floor’s interior design.

Consequently, you might have to spend more restoring your floor than having replaced the pipe in the first place. It also leads to mold growth which could affect your health. Matters could get worse if you have a basement. A sagging living room floor could end up being a leaking basement ceiling.

Stained Ceilings and Walls

Water rings on ceilings result from leaking water pipes found on the roof. It would help if you pay more attention when the problem starts because these water spots may spoil your ceiling. If you point out water spots on your walls, you should investigate the cause of it. This could be due to broken pipes along the walls, and immediate action needs to be taken. Stains spoil your walls’ interior design; therefore, you should call for water line repair experts immediately to prevent further damages to your property.

Hissing or Bubbling Sounds of Pipes

If you hear hissing sounds coming from pipes, this can indicate a broken water line. Even though a pipe burst might be obvious, you may still fail to locate the exact location. So if you hear weird noises, contact your plumber right away to inspect and conduct a water line repair.

Puddles of Water

Unexplained puddles of water may indicate a problem in the waterline. You can find water puddles on bathroom floors or under the sink. But no need for alarm since heavy rains could result in the accumulation of water in your yard. However, if you notice pools of water or greener grass above your main water line in a dry yard, this could be a sign of pipe breakage. Some lines that are located underground usually burst, losing your water to the soil.

Leakages could result from loose joints or corrosion of pipes. Most homeowners in Euless, TX, will find it challenging to identify where the leakage is. Once you figure out where the leak is in the waterline, immediately call the service for a water line repair expert and have your pipes repaired or replaced.

Noisy Water Pipes

If you hear the sound of running water and no one uses the shower, dishwasher, or washing machine, you should investigate the situation because this can be a sign of a broken water line. You might find this challenging to deal with; hence it’s essential to call a plumber to inspect the water line and ensure there are no leaks.

Get Water Line Repair Services Today

Tioga Contractors provides multiple plumbing solutions, including water line repair, installing water-efficient systems and fixtures, and pipe replacements. Its professionals also offer water line systems preventive maintenance services to help clients evade future replacements and repairs. If you are a homeowner in Euless, TX, and you have a water line repair emergency, don’t hesitate to call us. Our technicians are available 24/7 to address your plumbing needs.

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If you are like most people, you expect clean, fresh water to come into your home, and you expect dirty water and waste to flow down the drains and out of the house properly. If the plumbing system in your home isn’t functioning properly, it can make daily household tasks difficult or impossible.

If you are having any issues with your plumbing system, it is best to call a plumber. Trying to make plumbing repairs yourself without the necessary knowledge and experience can result in more problems.

#1 Drain Issues

Drain issues can be very frustrating. If the drains in your home are slow or clogged, it can make daily household tasks difficult. As careful as you are with what you put down the drains, eventually, food, grease, soap scum, hair, and other debris will end up going down the drain, which can cause a clog. Many homeowners will try to remove the clog themselves to avoid paying for a plumber. Most people will use liquid drain cleaners, but these products aren’t always effective. Also, liquid drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals, which can be very damaging to the inside of the pipes.

A licensed plumber will have access to a few different methods to remove the clog and ensure that the water is flowing freely down the drain.

#2 No Water

If there is no running water in your Irving, TX home, it is an emergency, and you should call a licensed professional immediately. Without water, you cannot perform personal tasks like showering and brushing your teeth. You also cannot perform daily household tasks and use appliances that require water.

There are a few reasons why your water has stopped working. There could be a clog in the tap connections, old water lines, or corroded or clogged pipes. Also, winter nights can drop below freezing, and your pipes could have frozen. Each of these issues is serious and would require the immediate assistance of a licensed plumber.

#3 Poor Water Pressure

You need adequate water pressure to rinse the shampoo from your hair and wash your dishes properly. You also need adequate water pressure to run your dishwasher and washing machine. If the water pressure in your home is poor, you should call a professional.

If just the hot water pressure is poor, the issue could be with the water heater. If the hot and cold water pressure is poor, it could be something simple like a clogged aerator. It could also be something serious like a leak in the waterline. If this is the case, each time you turn on the water, it pools behind the wall. This can result in significant water damage and mold growth. It is a good idea to call a licensed plumber as soon as the problem begins.

#4 Toilet and Faucet Issues

If your toilet is functioning properly, it will run after you flush, and when the toilet tank is full, it will stop. If the toilet is constantly running, there could be an issue with the tank’s plunger, or the tank’s seal could be failing. This is a serious problem. A running toilet wastes up to 26 gallons of water per day, which can cause a significant increase in your water bill. It is essential that you call a plumber as soon as the problem begins.

A leaky faucet is also a serious issue. Many homeowners believe that because the water is just dripping that it isn’t a major cause for concern. If the faucet is leaking, it is a sign that there is an issue with the faucet’s inner workings, and the problem will only get worse over time. Also, a dripping faucet can waste water. Over the course of a year, a dripping faucet can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water. This is a serious issue that should be repaired by a licensed professional immediately.

#5 Water Heater Issues

The water heater in your Irving, TX home consists of a large tank that heats the water, so it is ready for use. If the water heater isn’t functioning properly, you won’t have the hot water you need to shower, perform daily household tasks and run appliances that require hot water. If your water heater is experiencing any of the issues listed below, you should call a licensed professional.

  • No hot water.
  • The water isn’t getting hot enough.
  • You are running out of water faster than usual.
  • A banging or clanging sound is coming from the water heater.
  • Rusty hot water.
  • Cloudy, foul-smelling water.
  • Moisture or water pooling around the water heater.

If you are having issues with your water heater, you shouldn’t try to make the repair yourself. If you aren’t an experienced plumber, you could do more harm than good. Also, if your water heater is still under warranty, it will be voided when you attempt a DIY repair.

Why Choose Tioga Contractors?

If you are having issues with your home’s plumbing system, contact Tioga Contractors. We are a family-owned and operated business and have been serving residential and business customers in the area since 1953. Many of our customers have been loyal customers for 20+ years.

Our plumbers are highly-skilled, licensed, and insured. This should give you peace of mind that we can handle any job you have, whether it is a minor repair or something major.

We understand that plumbing emergencies can arise at any time of the day or night. We also understand that you need your plumbing system and appliances to be functioning properly. This is why we offer emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have a plumbing issue on a weekend or a holiday, we will get a plumber to your home just as quickly as if you called for plumbing service during regular business hours.

To schedule an appointment for plumbing maintenance or repair, give us at Tioga Contractors a call today.

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Each of the appliances in your home is essential in its own way. One of the most important appliances in your home is your water heater. If it isn’t working properly, the appliances that rely on hot water won’t function properly either. Also, without a properly functioning water heater, you cannot perform daily tasks such as showering and household chores.

It is essential that you can recognize the signs that you need to call for water repair early before a minor problem becomes a major one.

#1 No Hot Water

The most obvious sign that you need to call a professional in water heater repair is if there is no hot water coming from the faucets. If the heating elements aren’t functioning properly, the water won’t get hot. The issue could also be due to a broken thermostat or faulty wiring. It is essential that you call a professional in water heaters so that you will have hot water again.

#2 The Water Isn’t Getting Hot Enough

An obvious sign that you need to call a professional in water heater repair is if the water isn’t getting hot enough. Before you call for a repair, you should first check the setting on the thermostat. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the best temperature setting is 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If your water heater is set much lower than that, turn it up, and your water should be hot again.

If the thermostat is set correctly, you will need to call a professional in water heater repair. The problem is likely due to a broken heating element. If just one heating element is working, the water in the tank won’t reach the desired temperature.

#3 You Are Running Out Of Water Frequently

If you find that you are running out of water faster than you normally do, you should first think about your hot water usage. If you have a new family member living in the home, you will use more hot water. The same is true if you recently purchased an appliance that requires hot water, such as a washing machine or a dishwasher. If this is the case, you might need to consider installing a larger water heater. If not, you should call a professional in water heater repair. If one of the heating elements isn’t functioning properly, only half of the water in the tank will stay heated, causing you to run out faster. If there is sediment buildup at the bottom of the tank, you will lose, resulting in less water in the tank to stay heated.

#4 Poor Hot Water Pressure

If the hot and cold water pressure in your Arlington, TX home is poor, there is likely a leak in the water line or the water main. If just the hot water pressure is poor, the problem likely lies within the water heater. Over time, sediment can build up in the tank that can clog the waterline. When this happens, the hot water pressure will be poor. You will need to call a professional in water heater repair to have the problem repaired, or if necessary, install a new water heater.

#5 Rusty Hot Water

If you turn on the faucet and the water comes out rusty, it is a cause for concern. It can be dangerous to drink rusty water, bathe in it and cook with it. If the hot and cold water is rusty, it is a sign that the inside of your pipes have corroded, which is a serious issue. If just the hot water is coming out rusty, the problem lies within your water heater. Over time, sediment can build up inside the water tank. When it becomes loose, it will come out in the water. This is a serious issue because you cannot use the hot water until the problem is fixed; therefore, you should call a water heater repair professional immediately.

#6 Strange Sounds

If the water heater in your home is functioning properly, you shouldn’t hear anything more than a low-level humming. If you hear anything other than that, you should call a professional in water heater repair. The strange sound could be due to sediment that has built up inside the tank. When the water heats up and the sediment moves around inside, it can cause a banging or clanking sound inside the tank. If the problem is ignored, large pieces of sediment can put a crack in the water tank, causing a major flood. It is essential that you call a professional as soon as you hear the strange sound.

#7 Moisture or Pooling Water Around the Water Tank

There should never be any moisture or water pooling around the water tank in your Arlington, TX home. If there is moisture around the water heater, you could have a hose that has become loose, cracked, or disconnected. If there is water pooling around the water tank, there could be a leak in the tank itself, resulting in a major flood.

If you are like most people, you keep your water tank tucked away in the corner of the basement or a closet. It is a good idea to inspect the water heater regularly to ensure that the area around the water heater is dry.

Water heater repairs should never be a DIY project. If you attempt to fix your water heater yourself, you could end up doing more harm than good. Also, if your water heater is under warranty, making a DIY repair will void the warranty. If you are having issues with your water heater, it is best to contact the professionals at Tioga Plumbing, Electric & Glass. We are a family-owned, full-service plumbing company that has been serving residential and business customers since 1953.

We understand that plumbing issues can arise at any time of the day or night. This is why we offer 24/7 emergency service.

Our plumbers are professional and highly-skilled and can handle any plumbing issue you have, no matter how big or small.

To schedule an appointment for water heater repair or any other plumbing service, give us at Tioga Contractors a call today.

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The warm shower. Ahhh. What a lovely way to wake up or wash off the grime after doing a dirty job. But what if your shower doesn’t produce hot water? Or not enough of it? Anticipation turns into cold disappointment. What if a scalding stream of overheated water hits you? If you live in Irving, TX, we’re the professionals who can handle your serious water heater repair work.

When your water heater fails to produce any hot water on demand or too much, mechanical failure is to blame. For gas water heaters, your repair professional may need to relight the pilot light. Electric water heaters may include replacing elements that have become damaged or disconnected. But if the damage is extensive, the water heater will have to be replaced.

And then there’s the frustration of receiving hot water that quickly turns cold. Low hot water pressure is caused by sediment buildup blocking the heating elements. This problem may also be caused by plumbing problems.

Water Heater Repair Work

You may hear on occasion some strange popping noises. When you do, it’s time for the repair work to begin. There’s a buildup of thick, hard sediment on top of the heating elements. This reduces heating efficiency, making a leak much more likely to happen soon.

Here are some other problems you’re likely to run into with your water heater. Hissing sounds indicate a leak. Water leaks could be caused by a faulty relief valve, a plumbing connection, or rust in the tank itself. If they’re minor, leaks can be patched, but large leaks mean it’s time to buy a new water heater. Smelly water? Pipe corrosion and bacterial buildup can cause that awful rotten egg smell. Flushing may solve the problem.

Leave Water Heater Repair Work to the Professionals

You may have studied your water heater owner’s manual. And, you may have watched home repair videos. But don’t try to engage in water heater repair work yourself. Only a trained professional has the hundreds of hours of instruction and experience to handle the temperamental tendencies of the average water heater.

Repairing it yourself could lead to serious injury. Applying the wrong solution to a misdiagnosed problem could lead to disaster. Water that overboils in the tank could cause severe burns to an unsuspecting amateur. Poorly executed water heater repair work risks severe damage to other household appliances.

Professionals know how to diagnose which parts of this complex piece of machinery are ailing and how to repair them. They have the specialized tools and know-how to engage in effective diagnosis and repair work. They are required to undergo industrial and on-the-job training before going solo.

Water heater repair specialists are required to know how to take a water heater apart to find out what’s gone wrong without damaging the machine. And then they must be able to put it back together again. This takes real skill. It means making a series of precise moves executed in sequence to get the job done right.

When water heater repair specialists face a difficult problem they can’t solve themselves, they can contact colleagues with even more specialized training in the model being worked on and receive advice. They follow well-learned safety procedures on turning off the water and other utilities in the house to prepare for the draining of the tank. In each case, they do exactly what needs to be done while engaging in repair work.

Water Heaters Are Complex Machines

Standard insulated tanks hold 20 to 80 gallons of water. Pipes deliver water to the bottom of the tank. Pipes deliver water to the rest of the house from the top of the tank on demand. The pressure and temperature relief valve provides automated protection of the water heater. A control circuit for immersion heating elements and a manual reset switch also play vital roles. The upper thermostat controls the temperature of the water, triggering the pipes to refill the tank after hot water is used in any part of the house. The upper immersion element heats the upper part of the tank. The lower thermostat triggers the lower immersion element to begin its work when the upper element is done.

Most repair work is simple–replacing a part, draining sediment–but at other times, the repair work is more extensive. A water heater repair professional will do what it takes to determine the cause of the problem. For instance, checking the pilot, the thermocouple, and the gas control valve on a gas water heater. Or the thermostats and the temperature settings in the heating elements on an electrical model. The professional will also be on the lookout for sediment in the tank and a damaged or disconnected dip tube.

Water Heater Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

You can play your part in maintaining your water heater. Test the relief valve regularly. If you keep a bucket underneath it, you’ll know there’s a problem when you find water there. Flush your water heater once or twice a year to prevent buildup and major repair costs.

Water heaters don’t last forever. You should replace yours at regularly scheduled intervals, roughly every 8-12 years, depending on the model and the amount of wear and tear. If you notice any problems, don’t let them slide. Just one apparent minor problem with your water heater could wind up being a major one, severely damaging your home.

Please Contact Us

When you find something has gone wrong with your water heater, call us at Tioga Contractors in Irving, TX immediately to set up a service call. Have your model number and serial number handy so that we can immediately begin to assess the situation. We’ll find all the appropriate information on your model. This will allow our professionals to have the parts ready for any needed water heater repair work at your home.

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If you are in need of plumbing services in the city of Irving, TX, you are not alone. There are a variety of plumbing problems that can take place in a home and severely inconvenience you and your family. If you find a good plumber, you can restore your systems to normal in no time.

Common Plumbing Problems in Homes

There are many different reasons why you may need a plumber.

Dripping Faucets

Dripping faucets can be annoying to your ears, but this isn’t the only issue. Because of the waste of water, your water bill can skyrocket and cost you a great deal of money. Over the course of about a year, you can lose hundreds of gallons of water with one dripping faucet.

Most of the time, if you have a dripping faucet, it is due to an issue with the internal washer. Over time, these washers can become dislodged, worn, torn, or stiff. Sometimes, you will need a professional to fix this issue.

Slow Draining Sink

If you have a sink that is not draining quickly enough, typically this is because of a blockage that is restricting the flow of water. There are a few different methods you can try for unclogging a sink, such as using a plunger or trying to pour some sort of solution down the drain. However, you should keep in mind that if you don’t tackle this problem early on, it will probably get worse over time, until the drain is entirely blocked. This is why it would be a good idea to call a plumber early on.

Clogged Shower or Bath Drain

Just as with a clogged sink, a clogged drain in the bathtub or shower stall is generally the way it is because of some sort of clog. It is sometimes a good idea to buy a drain guard to catch hair, in order to minimize this issue. Otherwise, you might want to call the plumber if you observe that it has already happened.

Clogged Toilet

Generally, just like any other type of plumbing clog, a clog in the toilet usually happens because of a blockage in the system. A lot of the time, it can be fixed with a plunger, but sometimes you will have to use a sewer snake/drain auger or call a plumber.

Running Toilet

Many people might not think that a running toilet is not a big deal, but it can cost you a lot of money because of the loss of water. Most of the time, when this happens, it is because of a faulty flapper valve. A lot of the time, you will be able to fix this yourself with a toilet repair kit, but you might also need to call a professional in some cases.

In some cases, a running toilet might be the result of sediment that affects the filling and flushing. You should check for any silent leaks that might be present if you notice that your water bills are too high. Another thing you can try is putting some food coloring into the upper tank, and see if it gets into the bowl without you flushing the toilet.

Faulty Water Heater

If you are in the shower and experience the water suddenly getting cold, you might have a faulty water heater. There are many different underlying causes for this issue. In some cases, the pilot light has gone out, and you need to relight it. There could also be an accumulation of sediment within the tank. Sometimes, you could have a faulty thermostat.

If you are experiencing this issue, you will probably want to bring in a plumber. A professional will be able to inspect your water heater and tell you what you need to do for maintenance. They will also be able to fix any issue if it is present.

Lack of Water Pressure

If you notice your water simply dripping out of the faucet, rather than gushing, this could be because of excessively low water pressure. This often happens in older homes. There are a few different causes for low water pressure, often leaking pipes that have accrued damage over time. Most of the time, this is because of an accumulation of mineral deposits and other types of sediment on the aerators.

If you want to try to fix the problem yourself, you can soak the aerator in a vinegar solution in order to clean it. If you have assessed that the shower is the problem, you can try to replace the showerhead or soak your existing one in vinegar.

Jammed Garbage Disposal

There are many different items that can jam a garbage disposal. If you are trying to fix it yourself, you should start by hitting the reset button. However, you might need to open it up in order to try to fix it. If you don’t know where to start, you can consider calling a professional.

Leaky Pipes

Leaky pipes can be irritating, but even worse, they can actually be very destructive. They can damage your floors and furniture. Additionally, all of the extra moisture can encourage bugs, such as cockroaches, to make their way into your home.

Most of the time, weeks take place at the pipe joints. You can temporarily fix them with fillers, compounds, and tapes, but you will need it to replace the area of pipe or related fittings in order to create a more permanent solution. A lot of the time, if this is necessary, you will need to call in a plumber for the job.

Sewer System Backup

If you have a sewer system backup, this can be terrible. This is often the case when you have multiple toilets and drains that are not working, as well as a human waste odor in your home.

If the blockage is located on your property, you will need to take care of it. If it is on a public road, your water company will need to fix it. However, you might actually have to pay for a plumber just to locate the blockage in the first place.

The Takeaway…

If you are looking for a plumber in Irving, TX, you should feel free to contact Tioga Contractors. The professionals at Tioga Contractors will be able to help you with any plumbing problem you have, and you won’t regret choosing this company!