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Signs that it is time for a plumbing upgrade

Do you need to update your plumbing?
Is the plumbing in your bathroom old? Are faucets and drains not working like the use to?  Here are some signs that you bathroom plumbing could use some updating.
Water Quality
Is your water tinted or have an unnatural color? Does it have an odor? This is a forsure sign that you should update and upgrade the plumbing in your bathroom. Over time parts of your plumbing will corrode and cause odor, tint to your water and could cause other major issues.
Water Volume
When you turn on your faucet, do you have good water pressure? If not, this could be a sign of calcium deposits in your plumbing or faucets. This is not a major issue if you take care of it by replacing your faucet. If left untreated it could cause additional damage and even flooding.
Clogged Drains
Do you have an odor in your drains?  This could be a buildup of soap, hair and other items on the walls of the pipes. If left untreated, like others mentioned it could cause plumbing to fail and even the potential of a flood in your home. We recommend that you inspect your plumbing frequently for blockage and potential issues.

Most of the items mentioned can be handled by most handy homeowners. Always remember if you get into a project that is more complex than you can call handle to call the Professionals at First Call Jewel.



By |Thursday, October 26th, 2017|Plumbing, Water Conditioning, Water Heater|Comments Off on Signs that it is time for a plumbing upgrade

How to tell when you need a new water heater

A water heater is crucial for your daily duties in your Idaho Falls, or Rexburg home, similar to washing dishes and taking a shower. If your warranty has become void, purchasing a more efficient model will aid you in saving both water and energy. You are advised to call a plumbing expert if you notice the following signs which normally indicate that you need a new boiler.
Water Leaks
Your hot-water tank may develop slight fractures when it heats and expands leading to water leakage. A water leak could damage your utility closet or basement, but when the tank’s metal cools down, your water heater’s inner tank will desist from leaking. Before replacing your boiler, ensure that there are no other leaks coming from the connections or fitting to the tank. Additionally, you should examine your pipe’s pressure overflow and heater’s temperature for water leaks. You should have your tank replaced immediately by a plumbing expert if you find any water leak.
Rusty Water
If your hot water is rusty, your tank could be rusting on the inside, and it might probably start leaking before long. Your boiler might start leaking soon if the heater is rusting on the inside due to the rusty hot water inside it. To check if your tank’s hot water is rusty, you should fill it, and see if rust is coming only from the hot water. If this is the case, you probably should consider getting a new boiler. You can stop rust by adding a zinc, aluminum, or magnesium anode rod to your boiler. To check the inside of the water tank, place a hose to your boiler’s drainage bib, power it down, and drain it. If the tank’s water has […]

By |Wednesday, September 13th, 2017|Water Heater|Comments Off on How to tell when you need a new water heater

Why Should you Flush your Water Heater?

Reasons to have your water heater flushed by a professional:

Sediment in your water supply, in the form of hard water minerals like calcium and other small particles, including rust and sand, can damage a gas or electric storage tank water heater and shorten its life expectancy.
Layers of sediment act as an insulator decreasing the heat transfer, and increasing energy bills.
For an electric water heater, the cooler tank bottom that results from this damage can become a breeding ground for legionella.
To minimize the chances of your water heater springing a leak, and to ensure that it’s working efficiently, flush it at least once a year. A professional plumber can flush your water heater safely and effectively.
If you are considering flushing it yourself, be sure to follow the instructions from the manufacturer because even a small mistake could cost you much more in repairs.

For only $45, we will flush your water heater for you! And, while supplies last, we will also install a new Premier 3 function chrome shower head. A $189 value, for only $45!*
*A trip charge may apply for locations outside of Idaho Falls. Call us for more information. 522-7777, or Contact Us.

By |Wednesday, January 8th, 2014|Water Heater|Comments Off on Why Should you Flush your Water Heater?

Water Heater Fire

Recently one of our plumbers came across a water heater that had actually burned up the controls and wiring.  This was caused by a loose connection where one of the power wires terminates on the high limit.  It is important to make sure the screws that hold the wires in place are very snug to keep this from happening.

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By |Wednesday, November 20th, 2013|Safety, Water Heater|Comments Off on Water Heater Fire

Water Heater Maintenance

We started performing water heater flushes as a service to our clients recently.  It has been interesting to see how much we have been able to get out of most of the water heaters.  Most water heaters in this area that are not using softened water are quite gross inside.  Some of them will not flush because there is so much build-up of sediment inside.  Those that would flush, had a great deal of nasty brown water that came out.  We try to flush it until the water comes out clean.  With a good softener, this was usually only a gallon or two of nasty stuff and then it was clean.  Without a softener, there has been 20 to 30 gallons of nasty brown water that came out before it cleared up.

Some people have been frustrated that we could not flush their heater, and tried to blame the problem on us.  Everyone in Southeast Idaho should be aware of the fact that without a functioning, properly sized, water softener, a water heater will build up with sediment rather quickly.  Within one year, there is likely to be so much sediment inside that it cannot be flushed because the drain is plugged with sediment.  Having this sediment build up is costing more electricity and or gas to heat the water because it first has to heat the sediment.  Sediment acts somewhat like an insulator keeping the water from heating as quickly and efficiently.  The sediment also becomes a breeding ground for disease that can make people sick.   It is important to keep a working water softener in areas with such hard water as ours.

By |Wednesday, November 20th, 2013|Water Heater|Comments Off on Water Heater Maintenance