Frequent Summertime Plumbing Dilemmas and How to Solve Them

Even though homeowners often think of wintertime hazards, such as frozen pipes or bursts, when they imagine plumbing problems, the fact is there are plenty of plumbing issues that happen in the summertime as well. While you may not have to be concerned with frozen pipes during the warmest period of the year, there are some additional issues you should be aware of to prepare for the summer months. Below is a list of the most prevalent summertime plumbing problems to further your awareness of prospective problems this season.

Blocked Drains

People love to spend time enjoying the outdoors in the summertime. Regardless of what outdoor activities you and your family prefer, more time outside tends to create an extra layer of dirt to clean off when the day is done. Keep in mind that your sinks and tubs weren’t made to handle large volumes of sand, dirt, wood chips, or other outdoor debris that people often track inside during the summer. These materials are prone to causing build-ups and blockages, so make a point to hose off before you hop in the shower or bath. This will help ensure your drains remain clog-free throughout the season.

In addition, summertime is shedding season for pets, so be sure to give your family pet a good brush before a bath to prevent excess hair from getting into your drains and leading to a clog.

Garbage Disposal Malfunctions

The summer comes hand and hand with a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables many families like to enjoy. However, there are several seasonal summer foods with the capacity to wreak havoc on your garbage disposal. High-fiber food waste like corn cobs, watermelon rinds, mango pits and banana peels can do major damage to your disposal and result in a steep repair bill. Protect your garbage disposal during your summertime barbecues and special events and ensure that people place these items in your trash bin instead of into your sink.

Like high-fiber foods, make sure your family and seasonal guests understand that they should not dump bones, grease, oil, and fats down the drain into your garbage disposal, because they can damage it. Taking these protective actions can keep your appliances functioning properly throughout the entire season.

Will You Be Without Hot Water This Fall?

36778918_sYour water heater is an important piece of your plumbing system – especially when the temperature outside starts to get cooler. Now that we are in the fall season, it is reminder that the winter temperatures are not far away, and a winter day without hot water could be very difficult.

While it might seem that your water heater wears down from simple wear and tear, in actuality the cold weather is much more damaging to the system. In fact, when the temperatures begin to drop outside your water heater has to work even harder than any other time of year.

Luckily, there are a couple of things that you can do to protect your water heater from breaking down during the cold weather:

  • Purchase an insulated blanket and wrap it around your water heater. This extra layer of protection helps to keep the heat inside of the tank and the cold outside. When the temperatures drop in the room where your water heater tank is installed, the water inside of the tank is subject to that temperature. This makes the water heater have to work harder to keep the water hot. But, with an insulated blanket, the water is kept hot.
  • Have the pressure valve on your water heater checked. Because the water inside of your water heater tank is hot, it releases steam and creates condensation. This causes pressure to build inside of the tank, and that pressure must be released or the tank will burst. The pressure valve measures the amount of pressure in the tank and releases enough to protect it from damage. Making sure this valve is working properly is very important to the overall safety and integrity of the tank.
  • Have your hot water heater tank inspected by a professional. Before we go into the most difficult season for your hot water heater, have the unit inspected by a professional to make sure that it is working properly and there aren’t any areas that could be hazardous.

Keeping your water heater in top working condition could make the difference between a good winter and a very inconvenient and cold one. The winter temperatures are very damaging to your water heater. Make sure to follow these tips and get your water heater protected.

What is the difference between tank and tankless water heaters?

Differences Between a Traditional Water Heater and Tankless


Water Heater InstallationWith more people each year looking to conserve energy and preserve the planets resources, they are looking inside the home at the hot water heater to start. The traditional hot water heater is one of the appliances that uses the most energy in the home. Regardless the season, that tank must heat several dozen gallons of water at a moments notice. This requires that system to run day and night, every single day of the year. The newer tankless systems only use energy on demand. When hot water is needed, the system turns on to instantly provide the water at the appropriate temperature. Here are just a few of the differences of both systems.

The traditional hot water heater is large in size and usually is placed in the garage. The unit is rather easy to install, requiring a connection to the water source and a power source. The heating elements ensure that the temperature of all that stored water is consistently at that desired temperature. If the water cools slightly throughout the day, the heater kicks on and heats the water until it is hot again. The tankless heater is small by comparison, able to be installed under a sink, on a wall in a closet, or in must smaller confined locations. This unit heats water on demand, only running as the hot water is needed.

The biggest difference between the two units is the cost. While traditional water heaters are inexpensive to purchase and install, they use a tremendous amount of energy each day to ensure that the water is properly heated. The tankless water heater system is quite expensive to purchase and must be installed by a professional. This system has several components that make it a much more complicated process. Proper venting and additional power sources may be needed, so it is understandable why this process to install is costly. Manufacturers claim that after a few years of use, the savings in energy costs should offset the cost of the installation. Be sure to ask the manufacturer for their numbers so you can better make that determination based on your families water consumption.

Looking into different water heaters for your Broomall property? Call John McCuen Plumbing Heating & Air today at (610)325-9395 for a water heater installation!

What does a tankless water heater do?

Benefits of Having a Tankless Water Heater


Broomall Tankless Water HeaterTankless water heaters are becoming increasingly common in the American household and are already a staple in many other countries, and it’s not hard to see why. These water heaters warm up water right when you need it. This method allows for many perks.

The most immediate perk is one you get experience every day, a perfectly warm shower. You will never have to worry about the warm water running out on you again. Tankless water heaters use a heat exchanger to instantly provide you with hot water. This eliminates the hassle of juggling shower times to optimize warm showers. Also tankless water heaters will only get as hot as you set it. You don’t have to worry about accidentally hurting yourself with scalding hot water.

Another benefit of having a tankless water heater is that it will save you money. It eliminates the need of a tank of water that has to be constantly heated and constantly wasting energy. Heat will constantly flow out of the traditional water heater which leads to money flowing out of your wallet. A tankless water heater prevents this inefficiency shaving up to 20% of your energy bills. This adds up to hundreds a year. Even better, these units last up to ten years longer than their traditional counterparts saving you even more money in the long run.

Furthermore, a tankless water heater is amazingly convenient. Due to its small size, a system can be installed in almost any place in your house or even outside. It’s small enough to be placed in a cabinet on a wall or hidden neatly in a closet. Installation outside is simple and all that is required is an anti-freeze kit. Also most units are conveniently remote controlled so you can comfortably adjust the setting from afar. This also ends any worries of having a cracked tank flooding your house.

Are you looking to install a new tankless water heater in your Broomall home?  Call John McCuen Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning at (610) 325-9395 and get started today!