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Plumbers: Back Then, Today, and Tomorrow

When talking about any profession, most people tend to focus on the here and now. That's understandable. it's really important to know what's going on in the present tense. But you are missing out on some vital information if you never read and learn about the history of a profession. This applies to plumbing, in particular. You can really further your understanding of the profession by knowing how it began and what changes have been made over the years. That's why we sometimes reference the history of plumbing on this blog. We'll also dive into the future of the profession from time to time because, after all, you have to know where you're headed.




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Plumbers: Back Then, Today, and Tomorrow

The Hot Water Tank: Is It Replacement Time?

by Madison Dean

There are several signs that can indicate it may be time to replace your hot water tank. If you notice any of the below, call a professional plumber for help.

  • The tank is old: Most hot water tanks have a lifespan of around 10-15 years, depending on usage and maintenance. If your tank is approaching or exceeding this age range, it may be time to consider replacing it.
  • It's rusted or corroded: If you notice rust or corrosion on the tank or the pipes, it may be a sign that the tank is deteriorating and needs to be replaced. This can also lead to leaks or other damage.
  • It is leaking: If you notice water pooling around the base of the tank or leaking from the pipes, it is a clear sign that there is a problem.
  • Lack of hot water: If you are running out of hot water more quickly than usual or if the water temperature is inconsistent, it may be a sign that the tank is failing or that it is too small for your needs.
  • It's making weird noises: If you hear loud popping or cracking noises coming from the tank, it could be a sign that there is sediment buildup or other issues that are causing damage to the tank.

What is Involved in a Replacement?

Replacing a hot water tank in a residence can be completed by a professional plumber. Here are the basic steps involved in replacing a hot water tank:

  • Before beginning the replacement process, your plumber will turn off the water supply to the tank and disconnect the power supply. 
  • The next step is to drain the old tank. The plumber will connect a hose to the tank's drain valve and run it to a nearby drain or outside. 
  • Once the tank is empty, the water supply will be disconnected.
  • The plumber will install the new tank. They will reconnect the pipes and the water supply, ensuring that all connections are tight and secure. For gas water heaters, connect the gas supply and light the pilot light. For electric water heaters, connect the power supply and turn the circuit breaker back on.
  • The plumber will turn on the water supply and allow the tank to fill, checking for any leaks or other issues.

It is recommended to have a professional plumber install or replace a hot water tank to ensure that the job is done safely and correctly. They will have the necessary experience, tools, and expertise to complete the installation efficiently and with minimal risk of damage or injury. Reach out to a local plumbing service to learn more.