For anyone who lives in a home that has hot water, you are using hot water heaters. These items are standard in most building that have running water (even in buildings without showers or baths). If you use hot water from these machines then it is only a matter of time before it begins to or completely breaks down. Have you ever tried living without hot water? Imagine what it would be like to only have the option of freezing cold showers? If you have went through a period of cold showers then you understand the importance of maintaining your hot water heaters, and if you have not then let the be a warning or lesson to learn. There are certain things you can do to help ensure your system is running well: even without a lot of tools or knowledge of plumbing and hot water heaters.
Have you ever experienced smelly water, low pressure, water leaks, or sand in the tub? These are all potential problems for hot water heaters.
First, lets talk about smelly water. If your hot water smells bad or rotten and/or the water discolors your laundry then you can take some actions. Try draining some of the water from the tank. Open up the tank and pour in a couple of pints of hydrogen peroxide. Close the tank and let water run from all taps in house. Usually, smell is the result of anaerobic bacteria growing. By using peroxide you are adding oxygen to the water. This kills the bacteria. If this doesn't fix the problem then it is time to call for emergency plumbing in NYC. Letting this problem stay will only ensure it gets worse.
Another thing to think about with your heater is water leaks. A lot of people will see water near their heater and rush out to buy a new machine. This doesn't have to be the case because repair is possible, and sometimes it isn't actually the heater that is leaking. The first thing to do when spotting water near your heater is to check the surrounding pipes or drippy drain valves. Water could be leaking onto the heater and then hitting the floor. Make sure you spot the leak before making any decisions. If you are having trouble spotting the leak then you need to call for help.
If you look at your hot water unit periodically to see how it's running then you can save yourself time and money: maybe by having a small problem fixed before it gets bigger. Having to call for Emergency plumbing in NYC at 3 AM on a Tuesday is never fun, although it is truly great to live a city that offers this service.