Top 5 Causes of Water Damage in Orlando Homes

Orlando homeowners generally love water, except when it invades their homes. Fortunately, Drain Genie Plumbing Services provides Orlando residents and businesses with reliable plumbing services and water damage restoration when things go wrong. Speaking of something going wrong, we’ve had all sorts of service calls over the years. Consequently, we thought it might be helpful to tell you about the top five causes of water damage we typically see. 

Water Heater Tripping Reset Button?

Are you constantly having to press the reset button on your water heater? Therefore this can be a sign that your water heater needs to be looked at by an Orlando plumbing company. Water heaters come factory set at 120 degrees. The reason for this is because if the heater is set at 120 degrees it will prevent Bactria growth and is not hot enough to cause burns.When a water heater malfunctions it can overheat the water causing safety concerns. This is why every heater has multiple safety devices to protect you. When the thermostats malfunction this causes water to get extremely hot. Therefore the safety button in the device will trip. This cuts power to heater and water will cool down. Usually the customer will notice the water get extremely hot then go cold. Pressing the reset button will work temporarily. Once the heater reaches and goes over 120 … Continued

Low Water Pressure?

Do you have low water pressure in your Lake Mary home? Having not enough water pressure can be a big problem and can be quite annoying. Have you ever been in the shower and find yourself taking forever to get wet and rinse the soap off! Having low water pressure can be caused by a variety of reasons below we will discuss the most common reasons.Bad water softener  If you have a old water softener or have never had it serviced chances are the media in the tank are bad and can reduce pressure. If this happens there is a bypass valve on the unit turn it to bypass. This will restore water pressure if the problem is the softener.Plumbing Leak.  You can have a plumbing leak and not even know it. Leaks under the ground or under your homes foundation can take a very long time to surface. If … Continued

Bad Smell From Hot Water Heater ?

Having smelly water can be frustrating. Where is it coming from? What is causing it? Well, start by isolating the source. Check if it’s coming from the hot or cold side. A majority of the time it comes from your hot water heater. Hot water heaters are dark and warm a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. If bacteria gets into the water supply it will breed in water heater causing an egg smell. This can be very hard to get rid of. One way to help if you have smelly hot water is to hire an Orlando plumber and have them disconnect the feed to the hot water heater and dump in hydrogen peroxide. This will kill Bactria and not harm the internal workings of the water heater. If you have a smell in your water supply it is a good idea to fix the issue ASAP because the bacteria can … Continued

Things To Look Out For When Redoing Your Kitchen Cabinets

Things to look out for when redoing your kitchen. Redoing your kitchen cabinets and counter tops can be very exciting picking out cabinets and counter colors. Most of the time, the plumbing is not even thought about except for the sink and faucet. Most customers think it’s just a matter of swapping out real quick. This is true in some cases, but not most cases. It really depends on what type of sink was there before. For example, if you had a standard sink set from the top on a standard counter top and you are replacing it with a deep under mount sink chances are the drain line is not going to work. The solution is to contact a Orlando plumber. If you plan on redoing your kitchen it’s best to lower your drain line before the cabinets go in. The worst is going out to reconnect a kitchen sink … Continued

Need Leak Detection?

Need leak detection? It happens all the time, people see water and automatically assume that it is a plumbing leak. But this is not always true. Water is funny, just because you see it surfacing in a certain area does not mean that is the source of the actual leak. Water will follow the path of least resistance and surface in the lowest area. Here are some things to look out for to decide if you need leak detection.Is your water bill high and do you see no water in your yard or home?Do you see water in an area and do not know the source of the leak?Do you hear water, but do not see any?Do you have a spot on the ceiling under a bathroom?These are good reasons to have a leak detection service performed. Before you do check for the obvious, if you have a high water … Continued

Reasons Why To Drain Your Water Heater

We get questions all the time about whether it is a good idea to drain your water heater. The answer is yes, but it also depends on how old the water heater is and if or when it was drained last. This matters because if your Orlando water heater is very old and has never been drained or it was drained a long time ago, it can cause more issues. The main issue is the drain at the bottom clogging and not being able to shut off. But, if you have a new water heater it is a very good idea to drain it once a year. Why is it a good idea to do this? Here are a few reasons:Draining your water heater yearly adds life to your water heater, removing sediment which prematurely rusts out water heaters.Next big thing is that it saves electric and/or gas, this is … Continued

Prevent Plumbing Disasters In Your Lake Mary home

We are in Spring and heading into summer months, where a lot of people start taking spring break vacations and summer vacations. Most people think nothing of their plumbing system when planning a vacation. They are thinking about packing arrangements and who’s gonna watch the pets, that is until they get back to a plumbing disaster. Coming home to a flooded house can be the worst experience. It is not only damage to your home but also the loss of irreplaceable family items such as pictures and antiques passed down through the family. But, there is some things you can do to prevent plumbing disasters in your home. The first thing that can be done is preventive maintenance. Keeping up on minor plumbing repairs can help prevent plumbing emergencies. If you have not had a plumbing contractor visit your home in a while have one come out and look at … Continued

Leaks Under A Kitchen Sink Things You Need To Know

Leaks under a kitchen sink: Things you need to know before you call your Lake Mary plumber. Plumbing leaks can be very frustrating, and leaks under your kitchen sink can be even more frustrating. Kitchen sinks can leak from multiple areas, which sometimes can be mistaken for a leaking drain pipe. Here are some things to look for to narrow down the cause of a leak so that you can tell your plumber so that he is able to give you a price range.Garbage disposal: A leaking disposal can sometimes be mistaken for a leaking P-trap. To determine if your disposal is bad, run water through the disposal side of the sink and turn it on. Check the bottom of the unit. If it drips through the bottom, the unit is shot and needs replacement.Faucet: Run the faucet while checking under the sink. If the water is coming from the … Continued

Why Do I Have To Install A Hybrid Water Heater?

Why do I have to install a Hybrid water heater? We get this question a lot, especially because the cost is so much higher than the standard water heaters for both the heater and the labor for your Orlando plumber to install it. Last year the government made some changes on how water heater manufacturers make water heaters, making them more efficient, so now heaters 55 gallons and down are required to have more insulation in them. Now, the heaters are much larger. A 55 gallon heater is now the same dimensions as the old 80 gallon heaters. This is a big deal because if you are limited for space, the new heater will not fit. Any water heater larger then 55 gallons has to be a hybrid or tankless hybrid heaters, they are way more efficient. For example, a standard 65 gallon water heater runs about 500 dollars a … Continued