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A Homeowner’s Worst Nightmare: Water Restoration

Water damage is every homeowner’s worst nightmare.

Plumbing emergencies can have a lasting impact on not only your home’s value but the health of those inside as well.

We aren’t just talking about the obvious mishaps… standing water to your knees in your kitchen, 6 inches of sludge in your basement from a sewer line backup during a family gathering…

We know… because we’ve seen it all. And while we’ve been able to help countless people recover from these and other home disasters, we know we can help many more of you by sharing some tips we’ve learned along the way.

  • Check Your Gutters and Downspouts. If water can’t flow through the gutter tray to its intended destination, it will ALWAYS find somewhere to go. That’s often down exterior walls, and into cracks which over time will not only cause damage to the structure, but also internal decay and mold growth. Keep your gutters and downspouts clear of debris at all times. Ideally downspouts discharge water at least 3 ft from the base of your home although we recommend 5 ft.
  • Examine Your Basement. While examining your basement, you want to look for any cracks in the flooring or the walls. Has mold started to grow? Does it smell? Is it damp? These are signs of damage.
  • Assess the Grade. Rainwater should flow away from the house at all times. To prevent both minor and potentially catastrophic water damage, such as foundation issues or basement flooding, the grade of your landscaping around your home’s perimeter should be assessed. To prevent pooling water, the ground adjacent to the home should slope gently away from the house at a rate of about six inches over ten lateral feet.
  • Schedule a Sump Pump and Water Heater Inspection. The pump should also be tested annually to ensure that it does what it is meant to do, at the first sign of trouble, and that it disposes of the water in an ideal location, away from the house. Save yourself the time, trouble, and money by scheduling a sump pump PLUS water heater inspection with a certified Warrior technician TODAY! (Matt insert link to Spring Bundle special here)
  • If you are reading this after the fact and think you have existing damage, please CALL US NOW! We will take the time that you deserve to explain the importance of having your home inspected and go over all of the various possibilities with you once we have taken a look. You don’t have to take this on alone. We have seen it all and we are happy to help you navigate the process. For a general idea of what we do in a typical water restoration job, please read below.

As you know, water has a way of getting into every nook and cranny. In addition to flooding, your property may have damaged furniture, flooring, and drywall. The structure of your property may have been weakened by water and early signs of mold could be spreading.

An experienced Warrior plumber can mitigate this type of water damage.

What is water restoration exactly? Unfortunately, it is much more than just the drying and cleaning up of a property. Simple surface drying is not true water removal, and it is often not enough to remove the threat of bacteria and viruses. When you hire Warrior Plumbing and Heating, an experienced plumber will work with you and your insurance company to ensure your experience is as painless as possible. Once your insurance company determines coverage, Warrior Plumbing and Heating will obtain your permission to begin the restoration process.

We will begin with water extraction and removal of any unsalvageable contents and structures (including personal property, carpet and other flooring, drywall, paneling, shelving, cabinets, etc.). Then we’ll clean, disinfect, deodorize, and dry the affected areas. All harmful and water damaged debris will be removed from the property and disposed of safely.

The damage to your property and contents are thoroughly investigated and documented per your insurance company’s standards with photos taken before, during, and after restoration so that your claim can be processed quickly. Once restoration is finished, Warrior Plumbing and Heating offers complete renovation services.

As a small family owned and operated business, Warrior Plumbing and Heating seeks to treat all of our customers as if they were part of the family. We care about you and want to ensure that, if your property becomes damaged by water, you can rest assured knowing you are in good hands with us.

While we hope that the need for water restoration never arises, Warrior Plumbing and Heating is available 24/7/365 at 443-967-3736 should you need us.

What Not to Flush Down Your Toilet

Lately we’ve noticed an influx of homeowners using their toilets for more than just human waste. To help ensure your home’s plumbing runs smoothly and to save you money in plumbing repairs, we pulled together this list of 10 things that you must NEVER flush down your toilet:

  1. Baby Wipes, Wet Wipes, and even wipes marketed as “flushable” – “Flushable” baby and adult wipes are becoming more popular nowadays. However, they are increasingly causing clogs and backups in sewage throughout Maryland homes. Although some brands may say they are flushable, they are not made of materials that easily breakdown in sewer systems like toilet paper. Efforts are being made to revise these guidelines to show a noticeable “DO NOT FLUSH” symbol on all packaging. Wipes of any kind should be disposed of in a trash can instead.
  2. Paper towels and Tissues – While you may wish to save money and help the environment by using washable cloths and rags, paper towels and tissues are a staple in most households. Paper Towels and tissues also do not dissolve like toilet paper does. These items are best discarded in the trash rather than down the toilet.
  3. Q-tips and Cotton Balls – While it is easy to think that the cotton in Q-tips and cotton balls will break down since they are made of the same cotton found in toilet paper – they actually don’t! These items will clump together and cause blockages within your pipes.
  4. Cooking Grease and Food – Grease and other foods should never be poured into your toilet or other drains in general. Grease may look like a liquid that can be easily dumped down the drain but all grease will cool, harden, and clog up your pipes. You can collect your grease in another container until it cools before throwing it in the trash or save the grease to reuse it while cooking!
  5. Medications – You may think it is a good idea to flush any medications that are no longer needed or expired to ensure they are out of harm’s way. You can actually be doing more harm by flushing them down the toilet. These substances may pass through sewage treatment plants and septic tanks which can lead directly to soil and groundwater. Since these medications can have toxic effects on groundwater supplies and wildlife, it is always best to properly dispose of any medications. You can return unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs to pharmaceutical take-back locations for safe disposal. Ask your local pharmacy or law enforcement agency about pharmaceutical take-back programs.

If you’re worried that your home’s plumbing is in need of repair, don’t hesitate to call Warrior Plumbing or schedule a service and speak with a licensed plumber today.

 

 

Who needs a sewer camera inspection… and why?

A Note on the Coronavirus: At Warrior Plumbing, we strive to take great care of the people in communities in which we serve.

Which is why we are continuing to operate during these trying times to ensure everyone’s home is safe and operating smoothly. 

We are taking every precaution necessary to ensure our staff and customers safety during this pandemic. Including temperature screening of every team member prior to their shift beginning.

If you have any questions or concerns about our processes or operation during this time, please feel free to call us @ 443-967-3736.

Sincerely,
Warrior Plumbing

Spring Bundle

We’re pleased to announce Warrior Plumbing and Heating has bundled up our most popular spring services to save you hundreds in preparing your home for the wet spring season.

Take advantage of a sewer line camera inspection AND a sump pump inspection for just $225!

Should our licensed plumbers find any issues or potential issues during the sewer line and sump pump inspections, we will take a further 30% off your sewer cleaning and 30% off a new sump should it need replacement.

Call today to schedule because this offer ends May 1, 2020.

Call 443-967-3736 to save big while ensuring your home’s plumbing is ready for another unpredictable Maryland Spring season.

Who needs a sewer camera inspection… and why?

Spring is in the air which means the Spring real estate market is in full bloom.

If you’re one of the many thousands of Baltimore area home-owners (or hopeful home-owners) you absolutely NEED a sewer inspection.  In fact, we would argue, a sewer line inspection should be a mandatory part of your home inspection checklist. Do not purchase a home without one.

Why?

As you know, your sewer lines provide a vital function to your home…taking away all waste & drainage, but it’s not easy to tell when they’re in danger of backing up or causing a serious problem. One way to stay ahead of backups is to do regular cleanings.

And the only way to be certain you aren’t walking into (or purchasing) an unpleasant situation is by doing a sewer line inspection.

What is a Sewer Line Inspection For?

A camera inspection of your lines will reveal major problems from roots overtaking your pipes, or even structural problems like misalignment, corrosion, or breaks in your pipes.

Locating potential problems with your sewer line before they become serious issues (or BEFORE they become your problems – if you’re at the purchasing phase of home- ownership) can not only save you headaches, but thousands of dollars in unpleasant and highly intrusive repairs.

A sewer line inspection is done by using a special high-resolution camera attached to a rod that one of our licensed plumbers will insert through your pipes. A signal transmits from the equipment which will alert us to exactly where any obstructions are.  We can then determine how to best clear the blockage and get your line flowing smoothly again.

Warrior Plumbing highly recommends getting a camera inspection of your pipes anytime you’ve been having problems with your plumbing system. Whether you’ve been hearing odd gurgling noises, having trouble flushing your toilets, or if your drains are slow to clear. There could be a blockage or a repairable break in your sewer lines that’s causing the issue.  This is the type of home maintenance you’re best to stay ahead of as anyone who has experienced the unpleasantness of a sewer line rupture can tell you.

If that’s not enough reason to insist on a camera inspection of your sewer line, here are 5 more we’d like you to be aware of:

  1. No Digging Involved – Where once sewer inspections required yard excavations, this advanced technology has made the inspection process less tedious. Only a small entry point into the sewer line is required for the camera to detect any plumbing issues.
  2. Less Labor Costs – Advanced technology has made it possible to complete a sewer line inspection without the use of excavation – saving costs on heavy machinery and a team of contractors. A licensed Warrior plumber can complete this innovative method on their own.
  3. Time Efficiency – The advanced technology has also made it possible to save time completing the inspection itself and ensuring that any issues are resolved early on so that you do not have to waste time and energy fixing the same issues time and time again.
  4. Service integration – After a sewer inspection, your video recording is provided to you and usually stored which makes any service repairs that are needed, run smoothly and efficiently.
  5. Preventative maintenance – A sewer inspection is the best solution for preventing any future plumbing issues and maintaining the health of your home’s plumbing system. Any home owner’s priority should be to make their home significantly sound with routine maintenance.

Sump Pump Inspection

Maryland weather is unpredictable. Flooding becomes quite a problem during this time of year, especially in the more vulnerable areas of your home… like basements and crawlspaces. A sump pump is only activated when needed and is meant to pump water out of these vulnerable areas and away from your home to avoid flooding.

Just like any other system in your home, your sump pump can develop faults. Unlike other systems, though, it is often not obvious that your sump pump has developed issues until it’s too late. Preventative sump pump maintenance allows your plumber to identify faults before they cause costly damage. Your sump pump should be inspected annually to ensure it works properly when it is needed most.

Stay ahead of potential home disasters.  We’re here to help!

Call today.  443-967-3736.

Carbon Monoxide – A Toxic Relationship

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue…

And Carbon Monoxide is the leading cause of unintentional

poisoning deaths in the United States.

We’re plumbers, not poets…

But Valentine’s Day is as good a day as any to remind you, our beloved customers, how to protect yourself and your loved ones against Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Over 400 people in the U.S. die each year and as many as 50,000 people visit emergency rooms across the U.S. with 4,000 of them hospitalized… all due to accidental CO poisoning (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Most of these incidents occur in the winter, often by malfunctioning heating systems. And they CAN be prevented.

Here’s how:

Remember – CO is known as the “invisible killer”. It is odorless, tasteless, and colorless.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following prevention measures:

  • Have your home’s furnace, water heater, and any other gas or coal-burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Have working CO detectors in your home, especially near sleeping areas.
  • Take a portable CO detector with you when traveling.
  • Make sure your home’s dryer, furnace, and fireplace are properly vented. The same is important for car tailpipes, that can become clogged with snow.
  • Don’t start the car to warm it in a closed space, or leave it running in the garage, even if the door is open.
  • If your car has a keyless ignition, double-check that you have turned the engine off.
  • If your electricity is out, do NOT use the gas stove, a charcoal grill, or a fuel-powered space heater to warm the area. Keep gas-powered generators or engines at least 20 feet away from the house.

The U.S. Fire Administration put together a list of common carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms, which are often mistakenly believed to be the flu.

Low to moderate-level symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

High-level symptoms:

  • Mental confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of muscular coordination
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Death

This valentine’s day, protect your loved ones safe by keeping this toxic gas out of your home.

Preventative maintenance allows a trusted, licensed Warrior plumber to identify any issues before the worst occurs.

Contact Warrior Plumbing and Heating at 443-967-3736 to schedule this critical service today.

Kitchen Remodel

New Year, New Home Resolutions

Happy New Year! If you’re like over half of Americans, you’ve likely already started slacking on your New Year’s Resolutions. But don’t beat yourself up over it…

Because you know what’s easier than giving up Gluten? Or training for a marathon? Or not cursing in front of the kids when you give in and let them make slime at your kitchen table?

Deflecting! Take that unnecessary pressure off of yourself and instead, focus on that home of yours. You know the one with the 15 year old boiler? Or the constant running toilet? Or the sump pump that fails over half the time? Or that bathroom right out of the early 90’s? The one adorning more brushed gold and mauve than your local thrift store.

We have put together a list of five resolutions for your home to start the new year off strong.

# 1 Keep your loved ones safe… Focus on your water heater and boiler

The only time we tend to think about our water heater is when our shower never warms up or water starts to leak out from the utility closet. With freezing temperatures and the ground temperature plummeting, the water entering your home becomes colder. This means that your water heater needs to work harder than usual. With this increased activity, underlying issues can emerge. Faulty parts, sediment build up, or a bad winter storm can wreak havoc on your home’s water heater. Your home’s water heater should be flushed out yearly to avoid build up and prevent damage.

Boilers protect your family from the winter elements and are needed to keep everything within your house at a temperature that it can function properly. But like anything, boilers can fail at the most inopportune moments due to faulty parts, pumps, or electrical components. Tragically, every year, there are injuries and deaths caused by boilers. These can be caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, fire, or explosion. Boilers should be serviced on an annual basis to ensure they are safe and working at optimum efficiency.

A licensed Warrior plumber will be able to assess your home’s water heater and boiler for faults and ensure they are working properly.

# 2 Ensure your sump pump is in working condition

Maryland winters can beat up our homes with rain, ice, and snow. Flooding can become quite a problem during the winter, especially in the more vulnerable areas of your home like basements and crawlspaces. A sump pump is only activated when it is needed and is meant to pump water out of these vulnerable areas, away from your home, to avoid flooding.

Just like any other system in your home, your sump pump can develop faults. Unlike these other systems, though, it is often not obvious that your sump pump isn’t working properly until it is too late. If you have a sump pump, test it before winter storms arrive. First, be sure it has power and is turned on. Then, pour a bucket of water into it. The pump should turn on and begin to process the water, but you can shut it off and remove the water once you’re sure it’s working properly. Your sump pump should be inspected regularly to ensure it works properly when it’s needed most. Preventative sump pump maintenance allows a trusted, licensed, Warrior plumber to identify any issues before they cause any costly damage to your home.

# 3 Cut down on your water usage

Not everyone may be motivated to save the planet and conserve water, but it’s safe to presume that everyone cares about saving money. Everywhere we turn we find strong arguments and advocacy for saving as much water as we can — to conserve rather than waste. We use it without thinking, and may not realize how much of the finite resource gets used each day and how quickly a small, dripping leak in our faucet turns into a multi-gallon accumulation on our water bill.

It’s easy to scale back on how much water you use on a daily basis. Even simple adjustments such as fixing a leaky faucet or turning the water off when brushing your teeth can save as many as 3,000 gallons of water a year. You’ll start saving the planet while also saving your bank account.

# 4 Make 2020 the year you tackle the long overdue bathroom and kitchen remodel

Are you tired of not having enough counter or cabinet space? Is your tile, flooring, cabinets, or fixtures in need of an upgrade?

Warrior is known for its plumbing and heating expertise but did you know it also has decades of construction experience? With our MD Contractors License, we can manage your home improvement project start to finish, top to bottom, inside and out.

The price tag of a renovation project can certainly limit us from moving forward with our renovation plans. How can you ensure that it is the right investment for you and your home? Putting money back into your home nearly always pays off… especially when you focus on the bathrooms and kitchens. You’ll not only enjoy your new gorgeous 21st century bathroom with more storage and perfect lighting…you’ll also see that it appraises higher when you go to sell or refinance it. While every home owner should ensure that their first priority is making their home significantly sound with routine maintenance, bathroom and kitchen remodels are investments that can add to the value of a home.

# 5 Find a trusted plumber to help you tackle these resolutions

Find a trusted, licensed plumber that can help when it’s needed the most. Warrior Plumbing and Heating is a veteran, family owned and operated business serving the greater Baltimore area. We are 5th generation plumbers (and soon to be 6th) where we strive to serve each of our customers as if they were family. We are there for you 24/7 for any plumbing and heating needs. Just give us a call at 443-967-3736.

Don’t Be Like Cousin Eddie

Don’t be like Cousin Eddie…

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If your home could talk, or if it had opposable thumbs and could write a holiday wish list, below is what it would ask you to have handy, even if you aren’t. 🛠️

  1. Flashlight – because you can’t fix what you can’t see.
  2. Pliers – tighten/loosen with two pairs with pressure going in opposite directions to ensure you don’t snap the pipe or fixture.
  3. Multiuse Screwdriver – big, small, flat, and Phillips.
  4. Garbage disposal key – help loosen jammed objects that sneak in your disposal and cause backups when you can’t run it. Check out our amazing plumber in training, Beckett (age 6) show you exactly how to do this to save you both time and money.
  5. WD-40 – A life saver on those hard to move or older fixtures.
  6. Plunger – because happens!
  7. Adjustable wrench – different size problems call for different size wrenches, so get an adjustable to be safe.
  8.  Basin wrench – this tool can easily grip to loosen and tighten nuts and bolts on piping in hard to reach areas like under your sinks.
  9. Plumbers tape – sometimes you need a tighter seal on pipes in your home. Seal threaded pipes with ease and ensure they won’t leak on you. This tape comes in handy for shower head and water line fixes.
  10. Auger – sometimes a plunger won’t get the job done so if you feel up to it an auger can be a helpful tool.

Otherwise call your trusted Warrior plumber 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week.

Baltimore Pipe Leak

The 4 most crucial areas of your home to focus on NOW… before Winter arrives

Winter is coming! No, we are not talking about the white walkers, but rather our unpredictable, brutal Maryland winters. To prepare your home for the season, we have put together this quick guide to winterizing your home.

With some preparation and a plan in place, you can endure this winter season feeling better than you did after watching the finale of Game of Thrones.

Winterizing your home’s plumbing and heating system is a crucial process that prepares your home for inevitable winter weather. With freezing temperatures and snowfall, your home is much more susceptible to damage.

1) Water Heaters

With freezing temperatures and the ground temperature plummeting, the water entering your home becomes colder. This means that your water heater needs to work harder than usual. This is also the time of year when we Marylanders want to pump more hot water into our sinks, tubs, and showers to stay warm. With this increased activity, underlying issues can emerge. Faulty parts, sediment build up, or a bad winter storm can wreak havoc on your home’s water heater.

If you have a gas water heater, it’s important to keep an eye on the pilot, thermocouple, and pilot control valve. In electric water heaters, it’s important to inspect the thermostat and heating elements. A licensed Warrior plumber will be able to assess these parts for faults and ensure they are working properly.

Sediment and other minerals tend to build up on the bottom of water heaters. This causes your water heater to utilize more energy and lose efficiency over time. Your home’s water heater should be flushed out regularly to avoid build up and prevent damage.

2) Sump Pumps

Maryland winters can beat up our homes with rain, ice, and snow. Flooding can become quite a problem during the winter, especially in the more vulnerable areas of your home like basements and crawlspaces. A sump pump is only activated when it is needed and is meant to pump water out of these vulnerable areas, away from your home, to avoid flooding.

Just like any other system in your home, your sump pump can develop faults. Unlike these other systems, though, it is often not obvious that your sump pump isn’t working properly until it is too late. Preventative sump pump maintenance allows your trusted, licensed, Warrior plumber to identify any issues before they cause any costly damage to your home. Your sump pump should be inspected regularly to ensure it works properly when it’s needed most.

3) Boilers

Boilers are like the motor of your home. They not only protect your family from the winter elements, they are needed to keep everything within your house at a temperature that it can function properly. But like anything, boilers can fail at the most inopportune moments due to faulty parts, pumps, or electrical components. Just like your vehicle, boilers should be serviced on an annual basis to ensure they are working at optimum efficiency and properly heating your home.

4) Outside Pipes and Faucets

 It is imperative to winterize your home’s outdoor faucets, pipes, and plumbing well before the first freeze. Ice can form in water supply pipes within your homes walls that lead to exposed outdoor faucets, once temperatures drop below 30 degrees. Water damage from frozen pipes and extend far into the home causing costly, sometimes even catastrophic damage.  (add photo of burst pipe damage)

 A Warrior plumber can ensure that all of your outside faucets are drained of water, disconnected, turned off, and insulated to protect your pipes and faucets from unnecessary damage.

This winter, Warrior Plumbing and Heating has bundled up our most popular (and most crucial) cold weather services to save you hundreds of dollars in preparing your home for the winter season. We are offering water heater* inspections, sump pump inspections, boiler* services, AND outdoor faucet winterizing for a bundled up low price of just $300. Typically, these services cost upwards of $500 – $600.

Keep in mind, this offer ends January 1st. Call 443-967-3736 to bundle up and save when winterizing your home this year.

*Bundle excludes high-efficiency water heaters & boilers. We’d be happy to give you a fair price on a high-efficiency bundle Please give us a call.

Water Heater Installation and Repair in Baltimore

Water Heater Savings

Water Heater repair and installation in BaltimoreThe only time we tend to think about our water heater is when our shower never warms up or water starts to leak out from the utility closet. An important water heater issue to consider is its efficiency which can impact your monthly utility bill significantly.

 

Did You Know?

  • The average US home uses 64 gallons of water daily

  • Gas water heaters can heat water up to twice as fast as electric

  • Water heaters account for between 12% and 20% of your utility bill

 


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Water Heater Tips

 

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your water heater is the second-largest (Heating/Air Conditioning is the first) expense in your home. Depending on the type of water heater 12 to 18 percent of your Gas or Electric bill is for hot water.  The average American household utilizes 64 gallons of water per day If you have a teen (or teens) your usage could be double that figure.  At the 64 gallon average, the average home will spend between $400 – 600 on water heating per year. This might not seem like much to some but if you can reduce that cost. (See the energy.gov water heater article)

The U.S. Department of Energy provides several useful tips to save on your home’s water
heating –

  • Turn down the water heater thermostat. Often, hot water heaters come set at 140 degrees. 120 is often a good setting for many households.
  • Shorten the shower. A long hot shower can be a relaxing but can be expensive if every night. Think about limiting
    your bathing time save the long showers for special ocassions .
  • The most efficient way to shower is to do a quick rinse then turn the water off while you soap up. Only turn the water back on when you’re ready to rinse.
  • Replace full-flow with low-flow faucets and showerheads. The fewer gallons you use the lower your utility bill will be.
  • Look at your other appliances which use hot water. Use the hot water settings as needed not as the default. Also, if you have had them for 10 years seriously consider replacing them with new more efficient models.
  • If you didn’t know, using a fully loaded dishwasher is more efficient than hand washing.
  • Leaky faucets add up. A leak as small as one drip per second can add $1.00 to your monthly utility bill.
  • Wrap your hater heater with insulatation. This is an inexpensive option helps your hot water better retain its heat. This uses less energy and reduces your electric or gas bill.
  • The right fit. For storage water heaters make sure you are using the correct tank size for your needs. You need your water heater tank to be large enough to handle the busiest hot water usage time in your household, but not too large or you will be  wasting energy heating water you don’t normally need. Warrior Plumbing and Heating can help calculate how many gallons you need in an hour, and find the model with a matching first-hour rating.
  • Old water heaters need to be upgraded. The efficiency of home appliances is constantly improving, so if you have a water heater that is more than 10 years old you REALLY need to start shopping for a new model. And make sure you are investing in a model with the “Energy Star” rating label.

 


Contact Warrior Plumbing for Baltimore’s Best Plumbing, Heating, Home Improvement and Renovation Needs


Time for a New Water Heater?

Here are 5 signs that it’s time!

 

  1. AGE: Most water heaters begin to have problems when they’ve been in regular use for 8 to 10 years.
  2. RUST: Is your hot water less than clear? Or is rust visible on the storage tank or pipe connections?
  3. NOISE: Water Heaters should be relatively noiseless. If you notice rumbling noises increasing in volume it’s time to start shopping.
  4. LEAKS: It pays to pay regular attention to your water heater. Catching a small leak can save you thousands of dollars in property damage.
  5. TEMPERATURE: If your Hot Water is becoming noticeably cooler it may be in need of a new thermostat. If your heater is less than 7 years old that may be a good direction to go but if it’s older than 8 years odds are that more issues will start and you’ll be better off finding a replacement.

Let’s look at some comparisions between common Water Heater types.

 

Standard Storage Water Heater

This is the most common water heater. It consists of a large storage tank filled with water being kept warmed to a set temperature by either gas or electricity.

Cost: $ (low)

Life Expectancy: 10-15 Years

Pros: Lower Purchase Cost

Cons: Standby heat loss -Energy can be wasted as the water stored in the tank is heated to a set temperature, adding to operating cost.

Improvements: Insulation added to the storage tank can reduce heat loss and lower operating costs.


Tankless Water Heater

These are much smaller than storage tanks and mounted to the wall. They heat the water only on demand so there is no tank full of water that is being kept warm 24/7. Tankless water heaters do have limitations and depending on the size of the home and the locations were hot water is required you may need to install multiple units.

Cost: $$

Life Expectancy: 20+ years

Pros: Provides a constant supply of hot water and is 20 – 50% more energy-efficient than storage water heaters, saving a minimum of $ 100 per year.

Cons: A limited flow-rate of hot water can stretch a tankless water heater to its limits. Sometimes the energy savings do not justify the cost of purchase and installation

Optimization: For homes with larger hot water needs additional tankless water heaters can be installed in parallel or with separate connections balancing the hot water load.


Heat Pump 

(Not recommended for colder climates) These water heaters use a combination of electricity and warm air or warmth from the ground. In warm climates, this type of ‘hybrid’ water heater can reduce energy usage of up to 60%. Upfront costs are greater and these can require more space.

Cost: $$

Life Expectancy: 10-15 Years

Pros: 2-3 times more energy-efficient than a standard storage water heater and lower operating costs saving almost $300 per year

 


Solar

Cost: $$$  life Expectancy: 20 Years

Pros: 50% more efficient than gas or electric water heaters

Cons: May require a backup system to handle cloudy days and times of high demand

Optimization: Adding an insulated storage tank that can be installed along with the system.

 


Tankless Coil and Indirect

These water heating systems leverage the heat from a home’s furnace or boiler. The Tankless version uses a heat exchanger to warm cold water on demand. For this to be an effective system the furnace or boiler needs to on throughout the year and therefore only works in cold climates. The Indirect heating system adds a storage tank containing the heat exchanger (from the furnace or boiler). These can be more efficient but still only work best in cold climates.

Cost: $$

Life Expectancy: 10-11 Years

Pros: Lower installation cost

Cons: Inefficient choice for many homes as these work best in warmer climates


Is your Water Heater costing you more money than it should be? Is it heating efficiently? If you are having any issues with your Water Heater or if you’d like us to give it a quick inspection Contact Us. We can service and repair any water heater and also assist with the purchase of a new one.

Contact Warrior Plumbing, Baltimore’s Water Heater Professionals! 

Plumbing Inspections Matter

Plumbing Inspections

Imagine all the various products you use throughout your life. Can you think of one that does not require some sort of regular care or maintenance? From our cars to our appliances even our clothing, all of these require regular care. Without proper care, we will not enjoy optimal performance or lifespan and we may also increase our risk of financial burden or even physical harm. Many aspects of our homes also require maintenance and plumbing is one of the important ones.

 

What’s the Big Deal?

While a Plumbing Inspection may not be high on your list of to-do’s (or even on it) in our often busy lives, a routine inspection can save you time, money, and stress over the long-term.  Routine plumbing inspections can alert you to potential issues that can be addressed early on so that they do not become large (expensive) plumbing emergencies in the future.

Small can become LARGE

Small plumbing problems often go unnoticed or ignored until they become large plumbing emergencies. Some of the signs of common plumbing problems may include: Faucets or toilets that are not working as they should, drastic increases in your water bill, and hot water that does not last as long as it used to or is taking a long time to recharge.

Warrior Plumbing and Heating provides 24/7 services for all of your plumbing emergencies but we want to be there for you and your family to prevent these emergencies BEFORE they occur. We are here to help you maintain the health and efficiency of your home’s plumbing system through a comprehensive inspection.

While the most critical time to have your plumbing system inspected is prior to purchasing a new home, we also highly recommend a yearly inspection. If you have an older home or have large trees on your property (roots can damage or clog pipes and sewer lines) regular inspections are a very good idea.

 

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5 Reasons to have a plumbing inspection

1. So that you can know the age and expected lifespan of your pipes and plumbing components. This will allow you to plan for any restoration as needed to minimize mold, water damage, and prevent any future leaks or harmful chemicals from entering into your drinking water.

2. The ability to maintain your home’s value – the condition of your home’s plumbing system plays a big role when valuing property. Having proof that your pipes are well-maintained allows you to negotiate a better price when selling.

3. The opportunity to optimize the lifespan of your plumbing system – any faults in the system will put a strain on the various components of your home’s plumbing and can shorten their lifespan. Keeping them free from faults makes them last longer and keeps money in your wallet.

4. The reduction of risk for plumbing emergencies. Spotting hidden issues before they turn into major emergencies keeps you and your family safe, your home secure and reduces the chance of a large restoration bill.

5. The opportunity to save money by repairing minor leaks before they worsen.

What is a Plumbing Inspection?

During an inspection, our plumbers will examine the following components of your home’s plumbing system to check for any leaks, drainage problems, corrosion, cracks, clogs or other issues.

  • Faucets
  • Toilets
  • Showers and tubs
  • Supply lines
  • Drains
  • Piping
  • Garbage disposal lines and unit
  • Dishwasher
  • Water heater
  • Washing machine hoses and lines

 

Once our plumbers have completed their inspection, we will provide you with a summary of our findings and discuss possible recommendations to maintain your home’s plumbing system.

To ensure that you and your family are safe from unexpected plumbing emergencies, CONTACT Warrior Plumbing and Heating today to schedule an inspection.

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Get the Lead Out!

If you are living in a property built before 1978 you may be in danger.

“Lead-based paint and lead contaminated dust are the most hazardous sources of lead for U.S. children. Lead-based paints were banned for use in housing in 1978. All houses built before 1978 are likely to contain some lead-based paint. However, it is the deterioration of this paint that causes a problem.” CDC.gov

 

Sadly, too many families in Maryland are forced to choose between a home that is affordable and one that is healthy. At Warrior Plumbing and Heating, we believe that a home should be both. As of May 2019, Warrior Plumbing and Heating is certified through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct lead-based paint renovation and repair for a healthy home at an affordable price.

What is LEAD?

According to the EPA, Lead is a naturally occurring element found in the earth’s crust. Lead’s density and ability to absorb vibration protects against harmful radiation. Despite this benefit, Lead can be highly toxic to humans and animals. Lead can be found both inside and outside of the home as deteriorated lead-paint can mix with household dust and soil.

Why is it DANGEROUS?

The toxic nature of lead can cause a range of health problems. Young children are especially vulnerable as their growing bodies are more sensitive to lead’s damaging effects. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs. Lead may also cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures and in extreme cases, death. Some symptoms of lead poisoning may include headaches, stomachaches, nausea, tiredness, and irritability. For children, there may be no symptoms at all.

What can be DONE about it?

The EPA recommends that homeowners take the following simple steps to lower the risk of exposure to lead:

  • Inspect and maintain all painted surfaces to prevent paint deterioration

  • Address water damage quickly and completely

  • Keep your home clean and dust-free

  • Clean around painted areas where friction can generate dust, such as doors, windows, and drawers. Wipe these areas with a wet sponge or rag to remove paint chips or dust

  • Use only cold water to prepare food and drinks

  • Flush water outlets used for drinking or food preparation

  • Clean debris out of outlet screens or faucet aerators on a regular basis

  • Wash children’s hands, bottles, pacifiers, and toys often

  • Teach children to wipe and remove their shoes and wash hands after playing outdoors

  • Ensure that your family members eat well-balanced meals as children with healthy diets absorb less lead.

 

The EPA’s final recommendation for home-owners is to ensure that any home renovation, repairs, or painting are conducted by a lead-safe certified contractor who can follow lead-safe work practices. Warrior Plumbing and Heating is proud to be a lead-safe EPA certified contractor. It is our goal to provide Baltimore, MD family homes with the affordable services needed to keep our families safe and healthy.


 

Related Resources

EPA Lead Information

Mayo Clinic Lead Information

Maryland’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Report