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Frequently Asked Questions About Residential Plumbing Services

You might have some questions about residential plumbing services. If you want to learn more about these services before you contact Minuteman Plumbing, take a look at some frequently asked questions that our plumbing company receives.

Q. When Should I Replace My Water Heater?

Water heaters have been known to last up to 15 years with proper maintenance. Regardless of your water heater's age or condition, you should consider scheduling a water heater replacement with a trusted Sarasota plumber if you notice a lack of hot water, rusty water, or standing water or moisture around the base of your water heater. Additionally, hard water can wear down your water heater faster than soft water, so consider purchasing a water softening system to keep your new water heater in good condition.

Q. Why Is My Water Heater Making Rumbling Sounds?

Rumbling sounds coming from your water heater might be the result of sediment buildup that is hindering heat transfer in the tank. Your plumber can resolve this problem by draining some of the water in the bottom of the tank. If the sediment accumulation is severe, replacing your water heater might be the best course of action.

Q. How Do I Eliminate the Bad Smell Coming from my Garbage Disposal?

If you detect a foul stench coming from your garbage disposal, you're not alone. Many Sarasota homeowners experience this problem, and a preferred method to eliminate the odor caused by food buildup and debris in garbage disposals is to place lemon peels or orange peels and ice cubes in the disposals and run them for 30 seconds. After this initial step, liquid dish detergent should be used in the disposals while they're running, and cold water should run for 30 more seconds until the debris is washed away.

Q. What's the Difference Between Hard Water and Soft Water?

Hard water contains dissolved materials such as magnesium and calcium in excessive amounts. When this water is treated, it's called "soft water." Hard water can cause significant damage to plumbing systems, and it can affect the look and feel of your clothing, silverware, dishware, skin, and hair. Investing in water softening products is recommended by experienced plumbing companies.

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