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At Casco Plumbing LLC, we understand that not everyone is a plumbing expert (or else we'd be out of a job!). We are happy to share our knowledge with you and have taken the time to answer commonly asked questions. If you find that the answers aren't enough for you to handle your plumbing emergencies, feel free to call our dedicated Winchester plumbers any time. We're available 24/7 for your convenience.

Q: When should I replace my water heater?

A: Before your water heater gives out completely, there are signs that can warn you. If your heater is older than 10 years, it may be time to replace it. Additionally, rusty water, banging noises, and pooling water around the unit all mean you may need to replace the unit.

Q: What should I look for when replacing my water heater?

A: When it comes to looking for the right water heater for your property, everyone will have different requirements. Some things you can look out for include the brand. A strong brand name can mean reliability and dependability. Additionally, they often offer warranties and can help you navigate claims. Other things to look for is how much water you use and how big you need your heater to be. Also, think about whether you want to go for a traditional water heater or if you want to go tankless.

Q: What's the deal with tankless water heaters?

A: Tankless water heaters are a convenient way to heat up your water, without spending a lot and saving room. Because the heater doesn't have a bulky tank to store gallons of water, it only heats the water you are using. Maintenance is straightforward too.

Q: Why do I have low water pressure?

A: Low water pressure can indicate many different issues. It could simply mean that another faucet is in use. Or it can mean something more serious is happening like a leak in your pipes. Other causes can be mineral buildups in your pipes, you have under-sized piping, or your municipality is feeding your lower water pressure.

Q: What is that horrible smell coming from my drains?

A: If you smell odors from your drain, particularly those that smell like rotten eggs, it can mean you have buildup in your drains. When organic material becomes lodged in the plumbing, it can cause bad smells to emit.

Q: How do I eliminate foul drain odors?

A: Getting rid of bad smelling drains has never been easier. You just need to clean your drains and plumbing. However, that can be easier said than done. Our Winchester plumbers have over two decades of experience and can handle the situation for you.

Q: What do I do with frozen pipes?

A: If your pipes are not properly insulated when winter hits, it can cause the moisture in them to freeze. The pipes can expand and burst, causing extensive plumbing damage. If you do have frozen pipes, it is important that you turn off the main shut off valve to the water. You can then open the sink faucet at the lower level in your building, which will move water through the vulnerable pipes.

Q: How do I avoid frozen pipes?

A: Winters in Virginia can be brutal. It is important you prepare your plumbing to weather the extreme cold. By installing insulation for your piping with foam or fiberglass, you can prevent the water from freezing.

Q: How do I know if my pipes need to be replaced?

A: Like most things in your home, your pipes have a set lifespan and will eventually need to be replaced. Corrosion and rust from constant use can cause issues such as leaks, rust-colored water, or even major flooding if left unrepaired. While different piping materials will have varying lifespans, generally speaking, it is recommended you have your pipes replaced if your home is more than 40 years old. Our skilled Winchester piping and repiping specialists can evaluate the condition of your pipes and recommend a suitable replacement.

Q: What should I do if I suspect a gas leak?

A: A gas leak can be a dangerous and sometimes fatal hazard in your home, especially if it should go unnoticed for an extended period of time. Most gas leaks are the result of poorly fitted, faulty, or unmaintained gas appliances such as boilers and stovetops. While many gas leaks can be easily identified by their distinct odor, others may be odorless and leave signs such as a constantly extinguishing pilot light, scorch marks around appliances, or excessive condensation on windows. If you smell gas or observe any of these signs, evacuate your building and call our Winchester gas plumbing experts immediately.

Are you struggling with your plumbing at home? Still have more questions about your pipes? Feel free to reach out to our skilled plumbers in Winchester. We provide plumbing services that are backed by over two decades of experience. Additionally, we are trusted by both Angie's List and HomeAdvisor, so you can hire us with confidence.

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