5 Signs That a Tankless Water Heater Is Exactly What You Need

5 Signs That a Tankless Water Heater Is Exactly What You Need

  • Plumbing
  • Water Heaters
tankless water heater upgrade

Are you thinking about installing a new water heater? Then maybe it’s time to replace your old storage tank model with a tankless water heater upgrade. Here’s what you need to know about tankless water heaters — and five signs that it might be the right choice for you!

How a Tankless Water Heater Works

A conventional water heater has a tank that stores hot water, which is delivered to a point of use when needed. When the water supply runs low, the tank has to fill itself and heat the water before it can deliver hot water — until then, it can only send cold water to the faucet.

In contrast, a tankless water heater, or on-demand water heater, doesn’t have a storage tank at all. Instead, the water runs over a heating element when hot water is “requested” at a point of use, such as a shower or hot water faucet. Because it doesn’t store any hot water at all but instead, heats the water on demand, a tankless water heater provides an endless supply of hot water.

Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for You?

While there are still many people who prefer their conventional models, more and more forward-thinking homeowners are replacing their storage tank water heaters with tankless models. What follows are five signs that a tankless water heater is just what you need:

  • You’re tired of not having enough hot water. Some people like cold showers. However, they’re few and far between. Most of us prefer a nice, hot stream of water, regardless of whether that’s when we get up in the morning or after we get home from work. If you’re always stuck with cold water because your household uses a lot of hot water, then an on-demand model is a good choice.
  • You want a water heater that will last. While a conventional model lasts approximately 15 years, a tankless water heater has a lifespan of 20 years. So, while the initial investment might be somewhat higher, you’ll definitely get a good return.
  • Your energy bills are high. Storing warm water costs energy, so a storage tank water heater costs more to run than a tankless model, which will bring your energy bills down considerably. 
  • You want to do the right thing for the planet. Because an on-demand model is more energy-efficient, it’s a more environmentally friendly option. 
  • You want to use the space for something else. A conventional water heater is a large appliance that takes up approximately the same space as a fridge. If you don’t have the space or if you want to use the space for something else, then an on-demand water heater is a better choice as it’s approximately the same size as a desktop computer.

Consult With Stewart Plumbing! 

If you’ve come to the conclusion that a tankless water heater is exactly what you need, then make sure to consult with Stewart Plumbing before purchasing one. We can advise you about capacity, brand, model, and other factors that are important to making the right choice. And once your on-demand water heater is installed, you’ll be able to enjoy your investment, as well as hot water and low energy bills, for a long time to come.

From Now Through April, Stewart Plumbing Is Having A Special On Tankless Water Heaters!

Schedule tankless water heater service and take advantage of several offers:

  1. Trade in allowance of $250 for the “old clunker” of an existing water heater.
  2. $250 off the standard pricing of a tankless water heater for every customer.
  3. VIP Customers get and additional $100 off any tankless installation till April 30, 2021.
  4. Financing Available with monthly Costs as low as $ 126 per month with approved credit.
  5. Any customer that purchases a Tankless Water heater during the months of February, March and April will be eligible for a $500 Visa Gift Card awarded to one customer per month.

Call Stewart Plumbing today and schedule your tankless water heater upgrade!

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Frozen Pipes and How to Prevent Them 

Frozen Pipes and How to Prevent Them 

  • Leak Repair
  • Plumbing
frozen pipe prevention

When winter arrives in Memphis, the chance of your pipes freezing goes up. Anytime the temperature is going to hover around 32 degrees or below, that is when the chance of frozen pipes goes up. Frozen pipe prevention is a key factor in your plumbing getting you through the winter without any headaches.

The pipes in the most danger are those in basements and attics. These spaces are typically less insulated than other rooms in your home and can freeze more easily. These spaces are also the least visible in your home, so you may not notice the frozen pipe immediately. A frozen pipe left alone can easily turn into a burst pipe. A burst pipe causes flooding damage to affected rooms and loss of water to parts of your home. The other vulnerable spots in your home are exterior faucets and hoses. These pipes are closest to the outside and at risk of freezing.

Here are some tips to prevent frozen pipes:

  • Keep the Heat On: It is critical to have a functioning heating system. This is your first defense to frozen pipes. By keeping the heat above 55 degrees in your home, you are decreasing the chance of a frozen pipe. 
  • Insulating Vulnerable Areas: Insulating your attic and basement will help retain the heat in those areas. It will save your pipes and save you money on your heating bills. 
  • Insulating Pipes: If you add insulation to the outside of your pipes, you are decreasing the chance of a frozen pipe. The insulation stops the water inside the pipes from freezing and bursting. This insulation has some secondary benefits as well: it insulates even when the weather is warmer, so you do not have heat loss when hot water travels through the coldest pipes in your home. 
  • Shut Off Outside Water: Before the cold weather sets in, shut off the water to your exterior hoses and pipes. You should disconnect any hoses that are attached to them 

If your pipes do freeze- don’t panic. Your local technicians at Stewart Plumbing are here to help. We can assist with repairing your burst pipe or insulating them before they freeze!

Call & Schedule Service with Stewart Plumbing Today for Your Frozen Pipe Prevention!

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Top Plumbing Tips to Save Money in the New Year

Top Plumbing Tips to Save Money in the New Year

  • Plumbing
new year's plumbing tips

New Year’s Plumbing Tips Will Save You Money

The new year is upon us, and whether you made it a resolution or not to save money, we’re sure that you’ll want to. Your home’s plumbing is a vital resource to maintaining your day to day life, but can cause a strain on your wallet if not properly cared for. Here are some new year’s plumbing tips to follow to help keep money in your pocket in 2021!

Repair Leaks

As the cold weather really sets in around Memphis, it is best to check for any leaks around your home. It is easier to fix a small leak before it turns into a full blown burst pipe. When you find a leaking pipe or unexplained puddle around the house, call your trusted plumbers at Stewart Plumbing to handle the repairs. These small leaks left unchecked can cause water damage to your home and leave you scrambling to fix them. Repairing leaks the moment you notice them, instead of waiting for warm weather, will save you from the dangers of water damage, burst pipes, and destroyed equipment. 

Drain Your Water Heater

A simple money saving tip for [Target Area] homeowners is to drain your water heater at least once a year. Sediment builds up in your water heater throughout the year which affects its efficiency and lifespan. The sediment causes uneven heat transfer and can corrode heating elements inside the hot water tank. Regular draining is a part of all water heater maintenance to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. If you live in an area with “hard” or mineral-heavy water, it can be beneficial to schedule a water heater draining more often than once a year. When you do this regular upkeep, it extends the life of your water heater and saves you money. Start your year on the right foot by scheduling a water heater maintenance appointment with [Company Name]!

Disconnect Hoses and Shut Down Exterior Faucets

The last thing you want to come home to is a frozen or burst pipe caused by an outdoor faucet. It is easy to go around your home and disconnect any outdoor hoses and shut off water exterior faucets. This simple step will prevent any chance of ruining the hoses or developing a frozen pipe in that part of your home. 

Set Your Thermostat to 55 Degrees When Leaving Town

It may be tempting to completely shut your heat off while escaping the frigid [Target Area] winter. But it will save you money in the long run to resist that temptation. Imagine coming home from a warm, relaxing vacation to find your basement or attic has flooded. By keeping your heat on a low setting while you are away, it will prevent frozen pipes from bursting in your home. You can rest easy while away knowing that your home has a layer of defense against frozen pipes. 

Wrap Exposed and Vulnerable Pipes

Even with the heat running in your home, you may have pipes that are still at risk. Leaving cabinet doors open under faucets will prevent freezing in those pipes, but there are others in your home that do not have such an easy fix. Pipes in exterior walls with no insulation, typically those in your attic or basement, can still freeze if left unprotected. By calling the professionals at [Company Name], you can know that the utmost precautions have been taken to protect your pipes. 

Check Sump Pump 

If you have an exterior sump pump hose, it may be best to disconnect it for the winter. This will prevent the hose from freezing and bursting open, which will save you during the rainy months. The last thing you want to discover after a spring downpour is that the sump drain hose is not functioning. If you do not want to disconnect your sump for the winter, then checking the drainage area will be key. Do not let snow and ice block where the water comes out and check for frozen hoses. By maintaining your sump pump, you can prevent a costly flooding accident from striking your home. 

By following these simple plumbing tips from Stewart Plumbing, you can save money all year. So, start this year off right by following our New Year’s Plumbing tips and schedule service with Stewart Plumbing today!

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7 Common Signs That You Need a Holiday Drain Cleaning

7 Common Signs That You Need a Holiday Drain Cleaning

  • Drain Cleaning
  • Plumbing
holiday drain cleaning

Clogged drains can be a frustrating nuisance, but having a dirty drain during the holidays could mean bursting pipes in your home. The winter season already puts enough strain on your plumbing, freezing your pipes and wearing down your water heater. No homeowner wants a home flooded from a burst pipe, which is why it’s important to keep your drains clear this holiday season. Here’s our list of signs to watch for that you need a holiday drain cleaning:

When You Should Clean Your Drains

Plumbing problems can be frustrating, and a dirty drain can disrupt your daily activities. It might be tempting to overlook one clogged drain, but a clog left untreated can result in costly damages. Your plumbing is complicated, but you can avoid most plumbing catastrophes by thoroughly cleaning your drains and routine maintenance. The more you clean your drains, the better, as it never hurts to be proactive with your plumbing. Clogs however, can happen despite how often you clean your drains, which is why it’s important to know the warning signs of a dirty drain. To prepare your drains this holiday season, here’s what to watch for.

  • Water starts to back up. When using the faucet, bathtub, or shower, the water should always drain. Water should never go up your drains, but if you notice after flushing a toilet or running the faucet that water starts to back up versus drain down, it could be a clogged drain.
  • Foul odors. One of the most unpleasant warning signs of a clogged drain is the foul odor of sewage. A drain that’s clogged accumulates all the waste that’s flushed down the drains until the odors come back out the drains. Kitchens with garbage disposal can also be notorious for foul sewage odors, especially when enough food particles build up inside your drains.
  • Odd sounds. Listen carefully to your drains. When a drain is blocked, water is then forced through small spaces or to change course which can result in bubbling or gurgling sounds. If you start to hear odd gurgling sounds from your drain, it’s time to clean your drains. 
  • Frequent clogs. Clogs can be a common plumbing problem, but if they happen often enough, it could be caused from a clogged drain. Some clogs can be resolved with a plunger or drain cleaner, but if you notice the same fixture keeps clogging regardless, you’ll need a plumber to professionally clean your drains.
  • Multiple clogs at the same time. Not all clogs require calling in a plumber, but multiple clogs at once is problematic. If you notice multiple different fixtures have clogged all at once, it means there is a clog deeper inside your sewer line and requires a professional drain cleaning.
  • Slow drains. A slow drain is one of the most common signs of a clogged drain, as no water fixture should have a slow drain. Watch your sinks and water appliances. If you notice it takes more time than usual to drain the sink or your washer or dishwasher is still full after the cycle, it’s time to clean your drains.
  • Fruit or drain flies. Any buildup of food or waste inside your drains will attract flies. Tiny fruit flies are more than just an annoying pest; they can become a health risk, and are usually attracted to the scent of a clogged drain. Drains flies are another pest to watch out for, as they like to breed in drains and sewer lines. If your home has some clogged drains, you might start to notice drain flies buzzing in your bathroom.

How to Clean Your Drains and Keep Them Clogged Free

Knowing when to clean your drains is a good place to start, but it’s best to start habits that keep your drains clean and prevent future clogs. A clogged drain left untreated can result in costly plumbing problems, but luckily they can be avoided with proper care and cleaning practices. Here’s what you can do to avoid holiday drain cleaning.

  • Avoid chemical drain cleaners. Although chemical drain cleaners can be an easy and instant fix for some clogs, they’re incredibly toxic and eat at your pipes over time. There are several non-toxic drain cleaners available such as vinegar and baking soda, which work naturally well to eliminate odors and flush down any stuck waste.
  • Avoid flushing down food waste. Garbage disposals are great if you have them, but contrary to what you might think, it’s to flush down as little food waste as possible. Most foods will clog your drains and break down the blades. Kitchen sinks without a garbage disposal are even less equipped to handle any food waste that goes down the drain. Do your best to avoid flushing food down by scraping and rinsing your plates. Avoid flushing down fats, greases, and oils, as well as starchy foods.
  • Use drain strainers. It’s not just food waste that clogs your drains, but hair, soap scum, and other random debris, which is why it helps to place drain strainers on top of your drains. Make sure to periodically clean out your drain strainers so that your drains can drain properly.

Keep Your Holidays Fun and Festive with Clean Drains

A clog can be a frustrating, if not common plumbing problem, but the winter season adds the additional threat of your pipes freezing. No homeowner wants a flooded home in the dead of winter, that’s why it’s important to keep your drains clean and clear this holiday season. Not all clogs, however, can be cleaned yourself, and that’s where the professionals come in. A licensed plumber can treat your drains and guarantee your holidays stay dry and happy. Don’t wait until you smell sewage, call a Stewart Plumbing today and schedule your holiday drain cleaning.

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Preparing Your Home’s Plumbing System for the Holidays

Preparing Your Home’s Plumbing System for the Holidays

  • Plumbing
Preparing Your Home's Plumbing System for the Holidays

As the holidays approach, your thoughts are probably focused on gift giving, great food and spending time with those that you care about and love. The last thing that crosses your mind is the effects of the holidays on your plumbing system. With the increased demands on your home’s plumbing system, though, you could be in for a very unpleasant time and have to deal with clogged toilets, backed up sinks and other plumbing nightmares. Check out our guide on preparing your home’s plumbing system for the holidays.

Why You Need to Prepare Your Plumbing System for the Holidays

Thinking about your home’s plumbing is probably not something that you want to add to your list of holiday preparations. Not taking the time to do so now, however, could result in the following at the most inopportune times: 

  • Damage to your home

In addition to the possibility of your plumbing’s pipes and other parts of its infrastructure becoming damaged, a clogged toilet could also cause water damage to the surrounding areas. It could be severe enough that you’ll need to repair the area — or even replace some materials. 

  • Increase in expenses

By not addressing slow moving drains or clogged toilets right away, significant damage to your pipes could occur. This might require that you spend the money that you saved for gifts, food and other holiday expenses on those repairs instead. 

  • More stress and inconvenience

When you have plumbing problems, those fun and relaxing holidays times suddenly become filled with the stress of having to deal with this unexpected occurrence. There is also the inconvenience of not being able to use your plumbing fixtures as you had planned during the holidays. Not only can this put a damper on your holiday cooking, it can also wreak havoc on your plans to entertain family, friends and other guests in your home over the holidays. 

Tips to Prepare Your Home’s Plumbing System for the Holidays

Fortunately, there is a great deal that you can do as a homeowner to protect and prepare your plumbing system for its increased usage this holiday season. The following tips can help you get through this joyous time without the added stress, inconvenience and expense of plumbing issues: 

  • Dispose of kitchen grease properly

It might seem like a convenient step to take — especially during the busy holiday cooking season — but do not pour any type of grease or cooking oil down your kitchen drain. Doing so can result in clogged pipes as it cools and solidifies. In addition, the grease acts as a magnet for other types of debris by collecting it as it makes its way down your drain. Instead, wait for grease to cool completely before throwing it away in your regular household trash. 

  • Break up build up

As you use your plumbing system, compounds and other types of build up could occur. Stop them from becoming an issue and break them up by rinsing your sink with extremely hot water on a regular basis. 

  • Avoid drain cleaning products

Drain cleaning products might claim to help you prevent plumbing problems by ridding your pipes of buildup and other debris. In reality, though, because the chemicals they use are toxic, damage to your pipes could occur and leave their integrity in question. 

  • Only flush the right things

Your plumbing system was designed to have only two items flushed through it — toilet paper and human waste. That’s it. Anything else that is flushed through the system has the potential to cause backups and other problems. For that reason, avoid flushing hair, baby wipes, dental floss, cotton swabs, paper towels and other items down your toilet. Instead, throw these items away in your household trash can. 

  • Be prepared

Make it easy for your guests and family members to dispose of items that don’t belong in your plumbing system. Keep a trash can near the toilet to encourage them to dispose of items there instead of throwing them in the toilet. It’s also a good idea to keep a plunger next to the toilet. This makes it quick and convenient to take care of small problems before they can become larger ones. 

  • Practice a good maintenance and repair schedule

Like other essential systems in your home, your plumbing system needs regular maintenance. Contact Stewart Plumbing to give your plumbing system a thorough inspection so that you know it is in top shape for the holidays. If your plumbing system is experiencing clogs and backed up drains, call Stewart Plumbing for repairs at the first sign of trouble rather than waiting until the problem becomes larger. 

 

By following the above suggestions, your plumbing system should be able to handle the additional demands placed on it without negatively impacting your enjoyment of the holidays.

Call Stewart Plumbing For Help Preparing Your Home’s Plumbing System for the Holidays!

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Experienced Plumbers WANTED!

Experienced Plumbers WANTED!

  • Plumbing
Stewart Plumbing

Stewart Plumbing Is HIRING!

Do you know someone who would be a good fit? Do you want to win a $500 Visa Gift Card? Refer a friend and if we hire them, you get paid!

Stewart Plumbing Referral Program

We Are Currently Looking For:

  • Residential Plumbing Service Technicians (2+ years experience)
  • Plumber Install Apprentice (2+ years experience required)

Journeyman or master plumbers wanted as well. 3+ years of experience. Tell us your license number! Are you licensed in MS or TN? We want to know!

About Stewart Plumbing

At Stewart Plumbing, we have been providing the Memphis and North Mississippi areas with high-quality plumbing services since 1993. In the early years, owner and operator, Tim Stewart’s small plumbing shop was a one-man operation with one very big client: Graceland, the world-famous estate of rock and roll legend, Elvis Presley. Graceland was Stewart Plumbing’s very first client and Tim credits them as being instrumental to the success he enjoys today.

Within a few days of founding his own plumbing company, Tim found himself upstairs in the mansion, fixing leaky pipes, replacing old fixtures, and, yes, even doing a little work on the infamous “throne” where the King met his end. To this day, Stewart Plumbing gets the call when Graceland’s pipes need some attention.

By 1994, Stewart Plumbing had made a name as a company that offers industry-leading results and an unrivaled level of customer service. Memphis embraced Tim’s no-nonsense approach and the high-quality workmanship and he was rewarded years of steady growth. Today, Tim’s once small shop has become one of the most trusted names in Memphis plumbing. Although his close relationship with Graceland helped us get his start, Tim feels much of his sustained success is due to the observance of Nexstar policies and best practices. Stewart Plumbing makes high quality, reliable service our top priority with customer satisfaction is a key focus since day one.

Refer a friend to Stewart Plumbing today. Have them fill out the form below to send to us! We’ll both win!


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