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What To Do When Your Hot Water Heater is Leaking?

What To Do When Your Hot Water Heater is Leaking?

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We at Nagra Bros. are committed to giving you quality, 24/7 service to help give you peace of mind and professional results every time you need us, both for emergencies and routine maintenance. Contact Nagra Bros. Plumbing and Heating by sending us an email at contact@nagrabros.com, or call us at any time at (604) 767-0545.

No one wants to discover that their hot water heater is leaking. While you may feel overwhelmed initially, the best thing to do is stay calm and then follow the guidelines below.

Make sure that your hot water heater is the culprit

Although the water may be pooled near the hot water heater, it may not be the hot water heater that is leaking. Check that the leak isn’t coming from pipes nearby, a faulty or leaky appliance like a dehumidifier, or even the ceiling. Condensation due to damp weather can also be a factor.

Call a professional, then turn off the power supply

Once you have determined that it’s the hot water heater that’s leaking, it’s important to call an expert like us at Nagra Bros. Then, the next step is to turn off the power supply of the hot water tank. This is important, because leaking water and live electricity can be a deadly combination. For electrical hot water heaters, the power supply can be turned off at the circuit breaker by flipping the switch which is directly connected to the hot water tank. Usually these switches are labeled as to what they are connected to. For gas powered water heaters, the gas must be turned off by turning the dedicated gas shut off valve on the gas line to the water tank.

Turn off the water flow

Next, you should immediately turn off the water flow to your hot water tank. The cold water inlet pipe to the hot water tank should have a designated shutoff valve. This valve could look like a wheel handle (more commonly called a gate-style valve) or could look like a knob or a bar handle (also called a ball-style valve). If the handle is a wheel, turn it until as far as it will go. If the handle is a knob or a bar, turn it 180 degrees. If you find that the valve is broken or stuck, the next option is to shut off the water flow to the home. In every home there must be a valve that can block the pipe where water enters the home.

Find out where the hot water heater is leaking from

While you are waiting, you can start searching the hot water heater for where exactly it is leaking from. If you know which part of the hot water heater is leaking, then that will save us some time in getting the job done as quickly as possible. Of course, we’ll still do a thorough check-up, but pinpointing a major part of the problem will make sure that we can get right to the problem immediately.

Why do leaks happen?

The reason the leaks happen in the first place is because of the glass-lined storage tank that the hot water heaters are built with. Slowly over a long period of time, the mineral particles which are found naturally in the water can build up in the inside of the hot water tank. These minerals are typically calcium and magnesium carbonates, which originate from filtering through limestone and chalk deposits in the natural environment. The build-up can lead to a crack in the glass lining and cause your water heater to leak. As the water in the tank becomes heated, the tank and glass lining then naturally expands. If the hot water tank reduces its heat or is turned off, the tank and glass lining will naturally shrink. Although, after a long period of time, this expansion creates stress on the glass lining of the heater and can cause it to crack. The crack can then propagate creating a bigger opening for the water to leak through.

This build-up of the minerals in the water occurs through a process called calcification, which happens more easily when the mineral contents of the water is higher. The higher the mineral content in the water, the “harder” the water is. Calcification from hard water can obstruct the flow of water through faucets and damage other equipment that handles water, including hot water boilers. Some people choose to add “water softeners” to counter the adverse effects of water calcification. Unfortunately, when there is a crack in the glass lining of your hot water heater, it will need to be replaced. This is because the cracks in the glass lining are not repairable. Oftentimes, the leaks will not change the performance of the hot water tank and people end up choosing to wait too long to replace the tank.

We at Nagra Bros. are committed to giving you quality, 24/7 service to help give you peace of mind and professional results every time you need us, both for emergencies and routine maintenance. Contact Nagra Bros. Plumbing and Heating by sending us an email at contact@nagrabros.com, or call us at any time at (604) 767-0545.

Frozen Pipe

The Right Way to Thaw a Frozen Pipe

The Right Way to Thaw a Frozen Pipe

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We at Nagra Bros. are committed to giving you quality, 24/7 service to help give you peace of mind and professional results every time you need us, both for emergencies and routine maintenance. Contact Nagra Bros. Plumbing and Heating by sending us an email at contact@nagrabros.com, or call us at any time at (604) 767-0545.

While Vancouver is known for mild temperatures, at least when compared to the rest of Canada, we definitely have our share of cold spells. When the mercury dips below 0oC, you may wonder if your pipes have frozen; if a pipe has frozen, then it has to be dealt with (unless you’re okay with a burst pipe and subsequent water damage to your home… which we doubt you’d look forward to). As always, the best way to identify and deal with a frozen pipe is to call a professional like us at Nagra Bros. Misidentifying a frozen pipe, or improperly thawing one, can result in a burst pipe and extensive water damage as a result. Heating it too quickly can also have this effect. That being said, it’s better to know more about a problem than not, so we’re here to walk you through some of the steps that are taken when dealing with frozen pipes.

Identifying a frozen pipe

So, first things first: how do you know if a pipe is frozen? The easiest way to see if a pipe is frozen is to turn the faucet on. If no water comes out, then you’ve got a frozen pipe on your hands. To pinpoint a frozen pipe, you should check places in your home that are most vulnerable or prone to freezing, such as pipes in uninsulated walls, drafty basements or attics, and other places that are exposed to cold air and temperatures. If you see frost on the outside of a pipe, then it will usually have frozen; not all frozen pipes show frost though, so be careful not to overlook ones that have frozen internally. You can open the faucet that is connect to the pipe in question, and see if the blocked area can be zeroed in on.

Thaw it

Once you’ve found the frozen pipe, congratulations! You’re ready to deal with the problem at hand. Thawing a frozen pipe can be a delicate procedure, especially since it has to involve gradual, evenly distributed heat. Using an open flame, such as a propane torch, is incredibly risky and can not only lead to a burst pipe, but also invites catastrophes like being burned or your house being set on fire. A thermostat may work, but it will take a long time and cannot adequately deal with pipes that aren’t fully enclosed in a solid room.

You could use a hairdryer, provided that the heat is being run back and forth in order to evenly distribute it across the pipe. Using a heater can also work, but make sure to avoid a fire by keeping it away from flammable objects like wall materials. Heat tape (also called heat cable) also works, as it can be wrapped around the pipe and then plugged in to gradually warm it up. That being said, make sure to be careful with heat tape and don’t keep it on your pipes all the time, as a risk of fire is still present.

Don’t take chances

The chances of you risking a fire or burst pipe are higher if you try to do it yourself. If you do get a burst pipe, immediately turn off the water valve in order to stop the water from further damaging your home. Don’t take risks; let us do it right the first time by evaluating and fixing frozen pipes.

We at Nagra Bros. are committed to giving you quality, 24/7 service to help give you peace of mind and professional results every time you need us, both for emergencies and routine maintenance. Contact Nagra Bros. Plumbing and Heating by sending us an email at contact@nagrabros.com, or call us at any time at (604) 767-0545.

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Quick Fixes for Plumbing Emergencies

Quick Fixes for Plumbing Emergencies | Nagra Bros Plumbing

Plumbing Emergencies

Surrey Plumbing Emergencies

Vancouver Plumbing emergencies can be alarming, but by finding ways to stop the leak quickly, you can prevent further damage to your property.

If you have ever encountered an unexpected flood in your bathroom or kitchen, you probably know that plumbing emergencies can ruin your day. Nagra Bros Plumbing offers 24-hour emergency plumbing services, but you may wonder how to protect your property before we arrive at your door.

Turn It Off

If water is gushing onto your floor, you want to stop it as quickly as possible. Here’s how:

  1. Locate the main water shut-off and turn the water off.
  2. Find the problematic fixture’s isolation valve to shut it off exclusively.
  3. Turn off your gas hot water heater to prevent a burst.
  4. Turn on outside faucets to direct water outside.

By following these steps, you can get the flow of water under control before you address the mess.

Seal the Leak

During plumbing emergencies, you may not have all of the tools you need to repair a pipe. However, with a few simple items, you can temporarily protect your home from a leak before help arrives. Use Teflon tape or epoxy to quickly seal a damaged pipe. If you don’t have those available, wrap a towel around a pipe and spread more towels over the area to soak up water. You can also use a bucket or even a pot to catch drips and protect your floors from damage.

Don’t Panic – Help Is on the Way!

Plumbing emergencies can be scary and stressful. After you take the preventive actions listed above, take a deep breath. If you stay calm, you can be better able to tend to your belongings and prevent further damage to your home. Nagra Bros Plumbing helps with all kinds of Vancouver plumbing problems, no matter how dire they may seem. Give us a call at +1 (604) 767-0545, and you can rest assured that we will come to your aid as quickly as possible.