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Descaling a Tankless Water Heater - How To Do It and Why It's Important

Descaling is an important part of tankless hot water heater maintenance. While you don't need to do it monthly, or even yearly, it should be done no less than two years. When a tankless water heater warms water, something called dissolved solids are left behind. Over time, these solids build up in your water heater and can poorly affect the flow and efficiency. In extreme cases, your how water may even overheat leading to major repairs being needed. So how to do descale your tankless water heater? You'll need a few items:
1. A System Descaler - Generally this is composed of a pump, bucket, and a few hoses.
2. Descaling Solution - You will want to ensure this is food safe and biodegradable.
3. Proper Valving - Most of the time this is no worry when your tankless water heater is installed by a professional, but making sure the correct valves are installed it crucial. If you aren't sure or think something is missing, call a professional at Prestige Plumbing.

While some homeo…
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Why Isn't My Toilet Flushing Properly?

Toilets are one of the most used, if not the most used, plumbing fixture in a home. When they start to malfunction it can be a big pain to deal with. If you notice your toilet isn't draining all the contents, isn't filling up all the way, or is even making some weird sounds when flushed, chances are there's one of 3 common toilet plumbing issues going on.

Sometimes the water level in your tank can be set a little too low, and thankfully this isn't a super serious problem. Your toilet uses a lot of water for a proper flush. If your toilet tank level is set too low, it can lead to your toilet not getting as much water as it needs and not properly filling after flushing. If you check out the inside of your toilet tank, you should see a line that indicates where the water level should be. Most toilet floats in the tank allow you to adjust the water level. Float balls or float cups are the most common styles in modern plumbing.

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Frozen Pipe Prevention

With cooler temps getting closer by the day, it's important to make sure your home or business is ready for the dangers that come along with them. Frozen pipes are one of the most common plumbing emergencies despite only being a concern for a few months of the year. Frozen pipes lead to not being able to use your water, and can burst leading to flooding. Even if your pipes don't burst, there can be damage done from the ice expanding inside of them. We have a few simple tips to help keep your water flowing freely through your pipes. 
Keeping your residential or commercial property warm can go a long way with avoiding frozen pipes. This might seem like a common sense answer however when people leave for holiday trips, they often times turn the thermostat up to save money on heating costs. This small temperature adjustment can be just enough to allow freezing to happen. Keeping the home about 55 degrees is recommended. 
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Seven Things to Keep Out of Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are extremely convenient when it comes to just rinsing food scraps down the drain, but you should really be careful what you decide to wash away. You might be asking yourself, "But its called a garbage disposal, can't it handle.. garbage?" Sure it can handle most things, but if you want it to stay in top working order, you should be mindful to avoid plumbing issues. So what should you avoid sending down the disposal?

1. Fruit seeds and pits - Just think, if a knife can't cut them the blades of your disposal can't either. They can lodge and cause the disposal to not work at all, or wear your blades down meaning they'll need replaced sooner than necessary.

2. Coffee grounds - It's hard to not let a few slide down here and there, but avoid washing large amounts of them down. They can pile up in your drains and cause a sludgy mess leading to quite the clog.

3. Potato Peels - Becuase potato peels are made of starch, they break down and form a…

Advantages of Choosing a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless Water Heaters are growing in popularity as homeowners are choosing home appliances that are better for the environment and for their wallets. Tankless water heaters work by only producing hot water as needed. There is no storage tank with hot water being held and heated until warmed. When a hot water tap is turned on, water is pulled through the tankless heating unit and is warned by an electric element or gas burner. Since the tankless hot water heater warms water as it is needed, it offers an unlimited supply of hot water.

On top of offering hot water outside of what would generally be stored in a tank, hot water heaters are more energy-efficient. Because the "on-demand" heating system only works when it's needed, there is less energy being wasted into heating and maintaining water temp of a traditional tank water heater. On average a tankless water heater used 30-50% less energy than a water heater with a tank.

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Winter Outdoor Plumbing Preperation

Often times we think about the plumbing inside of our house but what about outside of our home? Sure, chances are the outdoor parts of your home don't have as many outdoor plumbing fixtures, but they are just as important. Fall brings a few important things to do to protect the integrity of your outdoor plumbing. Many times they get overlooked until just before winter, until there's an issue, or missed completely. We want to make sure your outdoor plumbing is taken care of though.

1. Outdoor Faucets -- Outdoor faucets are one of the most prone to freezing which can lead to bigger issues with the plumbing inside your house. Switching the water supply off and draining the pipe can prevent water from laying there and freezing. Covering the faucets with styrofoam for insulation also protects them. You can pick up foam faucet igloos at most hardware and home improvement stores.

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5 Most Common Plumbing Emergencies

As a homeowner, we know it’s scary facing anything that could potentially damage your home. Plumbing emergencies aren't all that rare. Knowing what problems are common for others can help you quickly identify the issues your home may have and call a professional to repair them.
Clogged Drain A clogged drain; whether it’s in the shower, sink, or basement floor, is probably the MOST common plumbing issue you can have. Usually, you can easily fix this problem yourself using a snake or drain dissolving product. However, if the issue persists it may be best to contact a plumber.
Clogged Toilet The toilet is probably the most used plumbing fixture in any home, so it’s understandable that toilet issues would be common based on use. DIY toilet fixes can be helpful in a pinch, but a persistent issue can lead to leaks, water damage, or sewage backups.
Leaks A leaky faucet or any other fixture may seem like a small problem at the beginning. A couple drops of water every few minutes isn’t su…