The humble toilet is one of the most important appliances in your home, so it’s imperative that you take care of it when it’s in need of repair. No one wants to deal with public restroom lines out the door just because half the toilets are out of order. No one wants to have to escort visitors to their personal bathroom because the guest one is clogged. We’ve created this guide to toilet repair in Kansas City to ensure you’re always prepared for what your toilet might do next…
Our plumbers average over 15 years of professional experience, so you can be sure that we’ll be able to diagnose and fix your toilet issue. We’ve been helping Kansas City-area residents with their plumbing problems since 1951. People have chosen us time and time again because of our trustworthy technicians and dedication to finding a solution that matches your budget. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee to ensure you’re happy with the quality of plumbing repair work or installation. We’re also upfront about our pricing to ensure there are no surprises along the way. All of our plumbing repairs come with a two-year guarantee, and we offer financing options for tankless water heater, water heater, sump pumps, etc.
Instead of just telling you how great we are though, we want to walk you through different toilet problems that may plague you home. Plus, what we’ll do to diagnose the problem and make sure your fixture receives the proper treatment.
How Toilets Work
The flushing process isn’t all that complicated, but it can be a nightmare when something goes wrong. We’ll walk you through the flushing process to give you a better understanding of the working parts that make flushing possible. After you flush your toilet…
- The chain lifts the flapper valve
- Water from the tank rushes through the flush valve opening and enters the toilet bowl
- Waste water in the toilet bowl is pushed through the trap and into the main drain
- After the tank has cleared, the flapper valves closes and the fill valve refills the tank
If any one of these parts isn’t working properly, you could experience a clogged toilet, toilet that requires multiple flushes, leaks, running, and more. We’ll go into more detail about each of these possible issues and how toilet repair in Kansas City can help.
Reasons for Repair
If you notice your toilet won’t stop running, the fill valve may be to blame. Running occurs when the fill valve (which allows water into the tank) isn’t closing completely. If your toilet is only running occasionally, it’s probably that the valve is only opening in short spurts. We’ll come in and diagnose the problem; It may be that the valve is failing to stop incoming water because there are broken toilet parts. In that case, we’ll replace the parts to get your toilet performing in tip-top shape.
Leaks could also be the reason for your toilet running. Leaks normally occur in the tank via the tank bolts or toilet flush valve. To fix the problem, we remove the tank from the bowl and replace the parts that are causing the problem (tank bolts, rubber washers, gaskets on toilet flush valve). We can also take care of the problem if there are leaks around the fill valve. If leaks are due to cracks in the tank, a new toilet will be necessary.
There are two main parts of a toilet: (1) the toilet flush valve and (2) the fill valve. The toilet flush valve allows water to enter the bowl during the flush, and the fill valve allows water to refill the tank post-flush. If your toilet is running, one of these valves is normally to blame. You’ll be able to identify the culprit by checking the overflow tube. If water is overflowing into the tube, the fill valve is to blame. However, if the water doesn’t rise above the top of the tube, the flush valve has a leak and water is trickling into the bowl. When there’s a consistent flow of water, the fill valve isn’t able to close properly. As part of our toilet repair in Kansas City, we can take care of this issue.
Multiple Flushes Needed
If you have an older toilet that takes two or three flushes to clear and clean the bowl, it’s probably because of the water conservation requirements set forth by Congress in 1994. Toilets were limited to using no more than 1.6 gallons per flush, and the new, water-saving models that manufacturers released weren’t optimized properly for the change. This, unfortunately, caused several homes to be plagued with toilets that required multiple flushes and were prone to clogging. Our solution is to install a brand new toilet that can handle the lower water usage. Research toilet performing tests before purchasing a new toilet to make sure the model in question doesn’t also have an issue with flushing.
Another reason for weak flushes could be hard water deposits in the syphon jet hole or issues with the angled bowl rim swirl holes. This is more common in toilets from before 1994. You can use a muriatic acid wash to strengthen your flush as long as you don’t have a septic tank. Simply mix one part acid with 10 parts water and pour half of your solution down the overflow tube in the toilet tank using a funnel. Run a fan to fight the fumes and avoid getting the solution on yourself, your clothes or the carpet. Give the solution 30 minutes to work, then pour in the remainder. After another 30 minutes, flush your toilet. Voila! For those with septic systems, you will need to disassemble your toilet and complete the process outside.
If there’s a small pool of water collecting around the base of your toilet or you notice the floors are damp, call in a professional. If you leave it alone, you could cause serious damage to your bathroom floor and the underlying framing. We can easily repair the damaged seal between the toilet horn and drain line. We’ll also check to make sure the connections are all in order, such as the tank bolts, fill valve, mounting nut and supply tube coupling nut. If all the connections are in order, new washers may be necessary. If none of these things seem to be the problem, it could just be condensation. In that case, enhanced ventilation will do the trick! If the leaking only occurs during or after a flush, we can come in and replace the wax ring.
Toilet Refuses to Flush
If you have a toilet that likes to embarrass you by refusing to flush, you’re not alone. This problem is more common than you would think, and there are some surefire steps we can take to ensure your toilet works perfectly. For one, we’ll check out the flush handle, flush level/lift arm, flapper valve and connections to see if they’re causing the problem. If that’s not it, we’ll see if the handle it too loose or tight to function properly. If the lift arm is bent or broken, we’ll see what we can do to bend it back into place or install a new one if needed. If you’re experiencing only partial flushing, we’ll check out the slack in the lift chain, tank water level, and flapper to make sure it’s installed properly. This all comes as part of our toilet repair in Kansas City.
Toilet Won’t Shut Up
Much like a running toilet, a noisy toilet can last indefinitely until you call out a plumber. If you want to try troubleshooting on your own, you can make sure the water supply line is turned completely open. If needed, you can also replace the fill valve diaphragm seal or the fill valve itself. For more information, you can check out our blog post on common plumbing issues.
Toilet Bowl has Low Water
When there’s a lower than usual amount of water refilling your toilet after you flush, it could be that water is being siphoned away from the bowl due to a partial clog. We’ll check for a clog by emptying the bowl of water and using a flashlight and mirror to see the colon of the toilet. Sometimes, a crack in the interior colon or piping of the bowl can lower the amount of water in the tank. Unfortunately, a new bowl is the only solution.
If your toilet tank fills with water as though it was just flushed even though you NEVER touched the handle, you have a toilet ghost on your hands! Not really though—most likely, the tank is just leaking water. You can use a food coloring dye test to check; Simply add food dye to the tank once the water has stopped running, wait 5-10 minutes, then check to see if the bowl water is colored. If it is, that means the flapper isn’t sealing correctly and you’ll need a new one. We can help with that as part of our toilet repair in Kansas City services!
If you require toilet repair in Kansas City, you’ve come to the right place. Our expert technicians would be happy to assist you with any of the aforementioned repair problems. We can also install a new toilet that will last you for years to come. Just give us a call.
Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Voted Best Plumber in Kansas City
Who is the best plumber in Kansas City? Well, if you ask the readers of Pitch Magazine the answer is Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. Anthony PHC was voted as “Best Plumber” in The Pitch Magazine’s addition of “Best of Kansas City 2017”.
In response to hearing the news, Steve Burbridge, Owner exclaimed, “We strive to provide the best service experience every hour of every day so it is always great to get validation that I believe our hard working plumbers deserve.”
This award comes on the heals of being recognized as the “Best Plumbing & HVAC Company” in Johnson County by the readers of Lifestyle Magazine as well as “Best HVAC Company” by the readers of Leawood Lifestyle Magazine.
“It’s great to be recognized throughout the entire metro area!”, said Steve Burbridge. “We are very grateful for our amazing customers!”
Anthony Plumbing, Heating and Cooling is an award-winning service company dedicated to indoor comfort, safety, health and energy savings.
When preparing to leave your home for extended spring and summer vacations, one of the smartest things a homeowner can add to their prep list is installation of an indoor flood and water damage prevention system. Indoor water damage is one of the most common reasons people make claims on their home insurance, and repairing the leak and then the damage to walls, floors and furniture is a complicated and time-consuming process. The best way to address indoor flooding is to avoid it altogether.
Indoor Floods Can Happen Many Ways
Reasons for indoor floods vary from sump pump failure, water heater leaks, failed washing machine hoses, dishwasher fill valve and gasket leaks, freezing pipes bursting, sewer drain back-ups, and plumbing leaks around tubs, sinks and toilets. Installing a water leak detection and flood prevention system to your home is an easy and affordable way to ensure that floods do not happen while you are home or away.
Repairing Indoor Water Damage is Costly and Time-Consuming
Fixing the damage caused by an indoor flood is a complicated and time-consuming process. Besides the actual repair to the leak, several steps must be taken before and after the repair to get your home back to normal. Before the repair can take place, the main water supply will have to be turned off to put a halt to the flooding. Then all electrical items in the vicinity of the flood will have to be unplugged, and if they cannot be accessed safely, the main electrical supply will have to be shut off. Water is the perfect conductor for electricity and exposure could be lethal. Then a water extraction service may have to be contracted to remove standing water before repairs to the pipe or appliance can be started by a plumber.
After the water leak is fixed, water damage to floors, walls and household items must be repaired. Flooring, furniture and electronics that cannot be repaired will have to be replaced, and irreplaceable keepsakes that are damaged may be lost forever. Then the moisture remaining even after the standing water has been removed must be eradicated, by opening windows, running fans and setting up dehumidifiers. Finally, homes must be tested for mold and mildew growth that the invasive water may have caused. Treatment using disinfectants, deodorizers and replacement of drywall and insulation might be needed to stop the spread of mold and mildew throughout the home and to protect your family from toxins.
Indoor Flood Prevention Systems Prevent Water Damage before it Starts
The best way to address indoor flooding is to avoid it altogether. Flood prevention systems detect leaks before damage to your home is caused, either by shutting off your water automatically, or by allowing you to do it remotely or on site when you receive alerts on your phone. Flood prevention systems incorporate water sensors, cellular based remote access hubs and automatic water shut off valves to keep your home safe.
Even the savviest homeowner cannot anticipate all instances of flooding. That is why insurance companies recommend installing water damage prevention products and alert systems to protect your home and valuables. These systems are affordable and quick to install by Anthony Plumbing Heating and Cooling technicians. They can also be integrated into your existing home automation system, giving you complete control over your home environment while away.
Water Guardian is a Dependable Flood Prevention Solution
Anthony Plumbing, Heating and Cooling’s Water Guardian flood prevention solution gives you peace of mind knowing that you are protected from water damage in your home. Contact us for a free estimate at (913) 353-8444.
If you’re dealing with clogged toilets, drains that struggle or garbage disposers that never get the job done, it’s time to call in a Kansas City KS plumber. As a local company that’s served the community for over 50 years, we know just what issues the average KC home faces. In this post, we’ll go over technician training, our company guarantees and what specific plumbing services we offer. The average American seeks the help of a plumber once every three years; Make sure you’re reaching out to the right ones!
Plumbers with Precision
Each of our technicians receive over 100 hours of continuing education each year. With tools, technology and tactics constantly evolving, we want to make sure our technicians are performing at maximum efficiency. Master plumbers average over 15 YEARS of professional experience, which means they can work through just about any plumbing problem. If you want to see their know-how in action, you can stop by for one of our Teaching Tuesdays events (see image below). Not only do we want our plumbers to be informed, but we also want YOU to stay informed. Our blog covers plumbing and HVAC issues that plague your home and some troubleshooting technique to take care of the problem yourself!
In addition to extensive training, we distinguish ourselves by sending out pre-appointment emails with your technician’s photo and credentials. That way, you can identify the technicians when they arrive (also identifiable by their standard uniform) and trust their certification. The photo ID badge further solidifies their employment with Anthony PHC. All Antony technicians undergo a thorough background check and drug test. We won’t send anyone into your home that couldn’t be trusted with your house keys. Plumbers also wear ‘floor saver’ shoes to ensure nothing in your home is damaged during the repair or installation process. Our trucks are stocked with thousands of tools to make the process as quick as possible. If you know a Kansas City KS plumber that did a great job on a past project, you can request that same one for every tune-up.
Company Credentials and Guarantees
As a member of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association, BBB Accredited A+ business and Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner 6 years running, we have the credentials to back up our promises.
- As part of our green initiative, we always properly dispose of old water heaters and recycle used copper.
- We offer emergency 24-hour service to make things more convenient for you.
- We offer 365 day a year service, since we know plumbing emergencies can happen on holidays!
- We have a full year guarantee on all plumbing repairs, because we believe the job should be done right the first time.
- All pricing is upfront and must be approved by you before we begin repairs or installation.
- We know plumbing services can be pricey, which is why we offer financing options for tankless water heaters, water heaters, sump pumps and more.
- Prior to any work being done, plumbers run thorough diagnostics and work out which options would work best with your budget.
- We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee; If you’re unhappy with the results, we’ll take care of it.
One of the services a Kansas City KS plumber can complete for you is boiler system repair and installation. A boiler is a water heater that uses natural gas to heat up water to 145-190 degrees. Their radiant heat warms objects in a room, which means you can set your thermostat to a lower temperature and the boiler will still make the room feel warmer. This also gives you a more balanced heat throughout your home in the wintertime. Our plumbers can handle fintube, baseboard, or cast iron radiators.
Since the U.S. Boiler Company suggests annual maintenance on your boiler, a Kansas City KS plumber can work with you to schedule yearly checks. Common reasons for performance issues include pump failure and faulty electrical components (ie: thermostat). Unnecessary air sneaking into the system and low water pressure may also be to blame. If you require a boiler replacement, our technician will need to understand the home’s water distribution system first.
Faucet Repair and Installation
An Anthony Kansas City KS plumber can tackle just about anything: kitchen faucet replacement, bathroom faucet replacement, faucet leaks, water shut-off valves, and low water pressure. Most faucet problems are caused by worn washers or cartridges, though a worn seat valve may also be the culprit. Leaks may also be occurring in the Sprout O-rings or the O-rings.
If you’re installing a whole new bathroom faucet, there are a few different options to choose from:
- A single-hole faucet often has a single-lever and is ideal for smaller sinks, such as powder room baths.
- A center-set faucet can have either a single lever or two handles, and they’re the best option for bathroom sinks.
- A widespread mount has three pieces—two handles and a spout—that are typically larger than other types of bath faucets. A wall mount faucet is more modern looking. The longer spouts extend over the top of a freestanding bowl.
Check out our blog post on Faucet Repair in Kansas City to learn more about the parts of a faucet, easy troubleshooting techniques, and the faucet repair we offer if you need outside help.
We know how important your golden throne is. That’s why we send out a Kansas City KS plumber that knows their stuff.
How it Works
When you flush your toilet, the chain in your tank lifts the flapper valve (tank ball) and water in the tanks moves through the flush valve opening into the toilet bowl. Then, the water from the tank forces the waste water in the toilet bowl through the trap. This waste water is moved into the main drain and the flapper valve closes once the tank is empty. The fill valve then refills the tank and the float ball shuts off the fill valve when the tank is full. As you can see, there are many parts that make this waste disposal powerhouse work. That means there are many different things that can wrong with your toilet…
If your toilet is running, you’re wasting up to 200 gallons of water per day! A running toilet is caused by a faulty flapper that isn’t sealing correctly or a fill valve that isn’t accurately adjusted. We’ll replace the flapper if it’s warped or damaged. If the fill valve is allowing water to constantly run down the overflow tube, we can turn the adjustment screw on the valve to be an ideal inch below the top of the overflow tube.
If the floor is wet around your toilet, we can clear up your unwanted pool. If you allow the water to sit, you may be dealing with a much larger problem: damage to your subfloor. We’ll check to make sure all the connections are tight and replace the washers if needed. If you’re noticing small drops on the side of the tank, it’s probably just condensation. Proper ventilation can fix that in a jiffy! A cracked toilet tank (see image below) can be more complicated—you may have to purchase an entirely new one. Other culprits might be a wax ring that no longer seals or a cracked toilet base. A Kansas City KS plumber will have to check out the toilet before thet can prescribe the right solution and get your toilet running at full capacity!
If your toilet isn’t flushing, you’ll want to check whether the handle is too loose or tight. The flush lever/lift arm, chain, flapper valve or connections may also be the problem. We can repair broken or bent lift arms and fix connections between the lift arm and chain. A toilet that won’t flush is an embarrassing predicament; Give us a call ASAP!
Vanquish the noisy monster in your bathroom with the help of a Kansas City KS plumber! We’ve dealt with ghost flushing (cycling every few minutes or hours), the dreaded fill valve hiss (sounds like forced air), and water resonance (thumping when flushed). A common cause for noisy toilets is a water supply that isn’t fully opened. We can also disassemble and clean the toilet’s fill valves and replace the fill valve diaphragm seal if needed. For a more thorough breakdown of noisy toilets, check out this blog post from Fluid Master.
In addition to boilers, faucets and toilets, we can take care of low water pressure, re-piping, shut-off valves, water softeners, water heaters, sump pumps, drain cleaning, and garbage disposers! An Anthony PHC Kansas City KS plumber can make all your plumbing nightmares disappear. Contact us today!
Imagine the worst scenario possible: You come in after a fun afternoon playing in the snow, head into the bathroom for a warm shower and…nothing but freezing cold water. If this happens to you, we want you to be informed about how you can fix the problem and when to call in a professional to make sure things don’t get worse. In this post, we’ll explain the different types of water heaters, how water heaters work, how you can fix some problems yourself, and who to contact for water heater repair in Kansas City. It’s colder in KC than Antarctica right now—make sure you have the hot water to combat the cold.
Types of Water Heaters
Choosing the right water heater is imperative to your heater’s longevity and performance. If you pick a cheap hot water heater from the get-go, you’ll end up spending thousands in repair.
It’s important to check the ratings before making a purchase. The two ratings to look out for are the Energy Factor (ER), which tells you how efficient the system is, and the first-hour recovery/flow rate (EF). You want the EF number to be high, since that means you get more hot water in the first hour after opening the spigot. Tankless water heaters are a little different; lower groundwater temperatures might cut the flow rate in half. Use both of these ratings to determine whether you’re getting a good deal on a water heater or water heater repair in Kansas City.
Conventional Storage Tank
You most likely have a conventional storage tank in your home. This insulated tank heats water and stores it until needed. If you need to relieve pressure that hits 150 psi or 210 degrees Fahrenheit within the tank, you can use the temperature and pressure relief valve. When working properly, your conventional storage tank should not be discharging any water from the valve. If you notice a water leak, it could be due to thermal expansion, excess pressure, or low temperature relief. These are all reasons to invest in water heater repair in Kansas City.
With natural gas water heaters, you won’t have to use as much energy as an electric water heater, thereby lowering costs. You’ll have to pay more upfront though, and there may be higher installation costs.
To properly care for your conventional storage tank, you’ll need to drain and clean it a couple times each year. You can expect to get 10-12 years out of your water heater if it’s well taken care of.
Also called ‘on demand’, this type heats water as needed rather than storing the hot water in a tank. With intense bursts of heat against water-filled coils, the water is heated right when it’s needed. The flow sensors are activated when the faucet is opened, then the heater checks the incoming water temperature to calculate how fast the water should flow past the burners. Much like natural gas, these water heaters have a higher up-front cost that’s compensated by lower bills. Not only are you saving money, but also helping out the environment!
Make sure you determine how much water you’ll need before purchasing a tankless heater, as you’ll need a specific size to achieve a continuous flow of hot water. Size needs are dependent on how many machines you have that use water (ie: dishwasher, washing machine, tub, etc.) and how often these systems are used at the same time. We recommend this option for those who use natural gas to heat their water. These systems never run out of hot water, you save 30%-50% in energy costs over a conventional gas heater, AND they’re small enough to give you extra floor space. On the downside, there’s a lag of 3-8 seconds to get the burner going and get the water to the right temperature. As far as maintenance goes, you’ll need to descale your heater of minerals at least once a year. This process can be carried out by those who specialize in water heater repair in Kansas City.
In this system, heat is transferred from the air or ground to the water using the heat-exchange capabilities of refrigerant. The refrigerant flowing through the heat pump system takes heat from the cold outside air and moves it into the system. From there, the stolen heat is distributed via air ducts. This process is accomplished using 60% less energy than typical electric water heaters. Energy bills are lower, but you’ll have a higher up-front cost. You’ll want to place the heat pump water heater somewhere in your home that isn’t too cold, and give it a 7-foot clearance from floor to ceiling (since the pump is on top). You’re heat pump may struggle when temperatures drop below freezing, in which case an auxiliary electric heating strip will kick in to finish the job (though this can be costly).
With Hybrid systems, also known as dual-fuel systems, an air-source hear pump taps into a gas furnace for backup heating instead of using a more costly electric heating system. You also have the ability to manually switch the fuel source between the two if you find that one is more cost effective. Keep in mind though that natural gas, propane and heating oil experience market fluctuations more than electricity, so it may be a riskier option.
It may seem like something from the future, but you can actually use roof-mounted solar panels to take in the sun’s heat and convert it into an anti-freeze type liquid. The closed-loop system funnels into the water tank and heats the water. These are going to produce the best results in the summer, when sunnier conditions provide extra energy. You’ll have to pay more on cloudy days, but a backup electricity or gas system should prevent you from freezing. To purchase and install a solar system, you could be waiting 10-30 years to make back your investment. Keep in mind though that there are federal and local rebates offered if you choose to go solar.
For those requiring a unit with more than 55 gallons that uses gas, condensing water heaters are the way to go. The tanks look similar to that of a conventional water heater; The main difference is that they collect the hot exhaust gases that typically leave through the flue and use this gas to heat the water in the tank. The gas is blown through a coil in the base of the unit and is then absorbed by incoming cold water when it flows around the coil. These are one of the most efficient water heaters (96% thermal) and you’ll never run out of hot water. The downside is that they’re a little pricier and require a gas line/venting reconfiguration (which can be done by those who specialize in water heater repair in Kansas City).
Water Heater Troubleshooting
Water Not Hot Enough
Before you do any troubleshooting, you need to make sure that the power to your water heater is turned off. This can be done by turning off the fuse or circuit breaker connected to the unit. If there’s no hot water being produced by the unit, the problem could be due to lack of power, a defect electric thermostat, or issues with the upper electric heating element. You can check to see if it’s a power problem by following these steps:
- Reset any tripped circuit breaker/replace broken fuses (see below)
- See if power is being pumped into the water heater element thermostat
- Test the element and replace if broken
- If thermostat is getting power but still not working, try replacing it or other heater part
If the water is warm but not hot, you may have an undersized water heater that can’t accommodate the amount of water you’re needing heated at once. Other issues might be crossed hot and cold connections, a faulty heating element or the thermostat. You’ll know an undersized heater is to blame if the heater has less than 75% of its capacity as hot water. Rule out crossed connections by shutting down the water supply and turning on a hot water faucet. If you water still flows after this has been shut down, check for a crossed connection. When all else fails, call a professional for water heater repair in Kansas City.
This can be one of the most troublesome issues to fix, as water damage can be costly to repair. These leaks could be due to a broken temperature and pressure relief valve, too much pressure, a stuck valve, overheating, a leak from an overhead or close plumbing connection, loose bolts, or a leaking water tank. Follow these steps to identify and resolve the cause:
- Check the T&P valve by putting a container beneath the overhead pipe, opening the valve and flushing the pipe of debris. Continuous leaks after flushing require repair replacement.
- For excessive heat or pressure, lower thermostat, scan for loose pipe connections and use a tool to tighten any loose connections you encounter.
- Tighten any heating element bolts that seem loose
- For leaking storage tanks, new o-rings (see below) may be necessary.
Odd Color or Smell
If the odor only occurs with hot water, the source is normally a reaction between the hot water heater’s anode rode and water with a high concentration of sulfates. The decaying sacrificial rod might be releasing hydrogen, giving off a rotten egg smell. For troubleshooting:
- Run the hot water for a couple minutes
- Flush out the tank.
- Use a mixture of 2 pints of 3% hydrogen peroxide and 40 gallons of water to treat the tank for two hours
- If water still smells odd, replace the anode rod with a new, zinc-alloy one that’s flexible.
- Worse comes to worst, you may have to replace the heater with a plastic-lined one
For garlic smells, a dead pilot light may be your problem. Switch the gas valve off and wait until the smell has disappeared before relighting. If the smell persists, you’ll need to contact someone who knows their way around water heater repair in Kansas City.
If you’re the building manager for an apartment complex or business, you know how imperative it is to receive fast, reliable repairs. Our work reflects your reputation, so we seek to provide the best quality commercial plumbing in Kansas City. Our 24/7 availability allows us to fix the issue right when it’s noticed. Whether you’re looking for industrial sink repair or a quick fix for a clogged toilet in a public restroom, we’ve got you covered. In this guide, we’ll cover the common plumbing issues that affect commercial buildings and some preventative steps you can take to save money on repairs.
Here are a few of the most common problems with commercial properties:
- Leaks (check for water stains and puddles)
- Exposed piping with corrosion (discoloration)
- Unusually low water pressure
- Orange, rust-colored water (sediment)
- Toilets that don’t flush correctly
- Drainage issues with faucets
If you notice any of these issues, call a certified professional immediately to get the problem taken care of.
It’s that time of year again when the defroster runs on full blast and you dream of better days splashing around in the swimming pool. Freezing temperatures have made us dread going outside, but you shouldn’t have to dread frozen pipes. Commercial properties located in smaller structures or buildings that were previously used for residential purposes are particularly susceptible. You’ll want to pay mind to pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like water sprinkler lines, water supply pipes in unheated interior areas (garages), and pipes with little insulation that run along exterior walls.
When water gets cold, it expands. This expansion within your pipes can cause them to break. It’s much easier to prevent frozen pipes than to repair broken pipes, so follow these steps to save yourself some trouble:
- Add insulation (pictured below) to areas of pipe that are exposed to prolonged periods of freezing temperature (pipe sleeves, UL-listed heat tape, or heat cable).
- Add insulation to hot and cold water pipes in unheated areas where water supply lines are located (Bonus Tip: If you’re thrifty, you can use ¼” of newspaper to provide pipe insulation).
- If you don’t have children that might tamper with harmful cleaners and chemicals left under the sink, open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to circulate the warmer air inside.
- When the weather gets particularly chilly, allow a steady drip from faucets served by exposed pipes. The moving water can keep the pipes from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat at the same temperature during the day and night.
- If you know you’ll be gone for an extended period of time during a cold weather season, leave the heat on in your home and set the temperature to 55 degrees or higher.
By following these preventative measures, you can save thousands on commercial plumbing in Kansas City.
Natural Gas Lines
Though natural gas lines are generally reliable, they can struggle under extreme pressure. Common issues include gas leaks and loss of pressure, both of which require immediate attention. Unresolved gas leaks can have extreme consequences, like fire explosions or carbon monoxide poisoning. Trust us—it’ll make your day at the office MUCH worse. These gas leaks can be caused by gas appliances and piping that hasn’t been properly fitted or has cracks. Regular inspections ensure you catch the leaks before they endanger the health of your tenants.
Since commercial buildings access a HUGE amount of water, your commercial water lines are constantly in use. Clogs and burst pipes can disrupt a business and force tenants to reconsider their housing choice. Our expert technicians know how to clean out pipes and address repeat issues to see what the cause is. Shoddy installation might be the culprit, in which case we can re-install the pipes to ensure you don’t waste money fixing the problem over and over again.
Isolating Waste Water
To prevent waste water from mixing with the potable water supply, backflow prevention is necessary. The waste water collection system is the main part of this prevention strategy, which is why municipalities require that commercial properties show annual proof that their system is working correctly. Backflow prevention is closely interlinked with water pressure. While water is normally maintained at a specific pressure to allow easy flow from the tap/ shower/other fixture, this may be hindered or reduced when a water main bursts, your pipes freeze or there is an unexpectedly high demand for water. When this pressure is reduced, contaminated water from soil or storage can sneak into the system. Without a proper backflow prevention device fighting this contamination, your water could start tasting funny…
Drain Cleaning Maintenance
The most common commercial plumbing problems we come across are clogged drains in public restrooms, faulty industrial sinks in restaurants, and issues with floor drains in warehouses. All of these issues could be prevented with proactive drain cleaning from commercial plumbing in Kansas City. Instead of just opening pipes, our expert plumbers fully clean out the pipe (utilizing video cameras if needed). The main sewer line may be to blame for your clog. At the root of the problem is normally water-seeking roots (haha…get it?) that can break through the line and block drain flow. We can cut away the roots to get your drains in working condition again. With clogged toilets, we utilize a special tool that removes the blockage and hugs the inside of the pipe to clean away grime.
Though you may not be dealing with bathtub leaks in your commercial building, you WILL deal with leaky faucets and running toilets. Sure, some problems can be remedied with a simple silicone seal, but other times a complete part replacement is necessary. Hidden leaks are the worst, because they destroy your plumbing infrastructure without you even noticing at first. You may see negative effects on the piping, walls, ceiling or slab covering the pipe due to a hidden leak. You don’t have to wait until the water breaks through the slab’s surface or walls to detect a hidden leak; Just keep an eye out for these clues!
- Warm spots on your floor even though you don’t have heated flooring
- Moisture leaks may cause mold growth or mildew smells within your home
- A sudden increase in your water bill even though you aren’t using more than usual
- Water stains on floor, baseboards, walls and ceiling (pictured below)
- Hearing water running though the pipes in the wall when the water isn’t turned on
One of the most frustrating things as a building manager or owner is when tenants cause plumbing issues by using their fixtures improperly. To ensure you don’t have to pay for their mistakes, you should communicate with tenants to let them know best practices when dealing with toilets and faucets. Hopefully, they have enough common sense and respect for their building to abide by these rules. You can post signage in bathrooms and break rooms that clearly lays out what can’t be flushed down the toilet or rinsed down the sink. You can even send out an email if it becomes a repetitive problem. Prohibited toilet items include:
- Sanitary napkins
- Paper Towels
- Tissue paper
- Unused pharmaceuticals
Items that should not be disposed down your drain include:
- Fats, oils and greases
- Large chunks of garbage
- Cat litter
- Metals, wood, straw or grass
- Corrosive substances
- Flammable or explosive liquids
- Paint, stains, and thinners
- Poisonous and hazardous waste
- Fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides
Fixing apartment building plumbing problems isn’t just a nuisance; It’s also a potentially expensive endeavor. Since repair and damage can affect multiple tenants, you need to get professional help as quickly as possible. You don’t want to deal with leaks that come down through multiple units or a pipe burst that requires water shut off for an entire building. Take preventative steps to keep your plumbing running smoothly, like routine maintenance from companies that specialize in commercial plumbing in Kansas City.
Building codes are meant to ensure the safety of everyone within the building, so it’s important that your plumbing follows these regulations. Fresh water and sanitary sewage disposal are basic requirements that can result in heavy fines if not implemented. If violations are especially severe, you could face project termination or delay until the issue is sorted out. Codes aren’t just there to make your job harder; they also protect property owners who hire contractors to perform professional services on their property. It holds contractors to a minimum quality. Breaking building codes may require assistance from commercial plumbing in Kansas City, so give us a call if you need help passing inspection.
Who Choose Us?
If you require commercial plumbing in Kansas City, we’re your guys. We have the correct contractor’s license to deal with commercial properties, our technicians receive 100 hours of training each year, and we have experience with industrial systems. As a larger company with a stellar reputation in Kansas City, we can handle any plumbing problem that comes our way. Give us a call!
In this post, we’ll go over the parts of a faucet, easy troubleshooting techniques, and the faucet repair in Kansas City we offer if you need outside help. There are several issues that can plague your faucet, but a leaky faucet is the most common. Typically, a worn washer or cartridge is to blame for your faucet, though a worn valve seat in the body of the faucet may also be the culprit.
Reseating a Faucet
If you’re reseating a faucet, the first thing you’ll need to do is remove the valve. If possible, you should also remove the seat with a valve-seat wrench. Replace the seat with a new one. If needed, screw a reseating tool into the thread of the faucet body. Next, you’ll slowly turn the handle of the resealing tool to grind until you have a smooth surface. Once you’ve put everything back together, your faucet should work fine!
Types of Valves
Working with valves can be tricky, but we’ll go through basic operation and repair to get you familiar with the setup. The valves found in domestic pipe runs control water movement throughout your home, but you can isolate the sections that require maintenance instead of replacing the whole system. When necessary, you can stop the water flow altogether via the stop valve. If these troubleshooting techniques don’t work, you’ll need to contact a company that deals with faucet repair in Kansas City.
This switch controls the main water supply flowing into your home, and it can normally be found between the fixture and the piping which come out from the walls or flooring. If the home is larger, multiple stop valves can be utilized in various areas of the system.
Isolating valves act as shutoff valves for the smaller areas of the plumbing system. In the instance that you have an issue with only one faucet, you can turn off its respective isolating valve.
A gate valve should only be utilized in low-pressure pipe runs, but they can be used to isolate areas. You’ll be able to tell if it’s a gate valve if it has a wheel handle. They should not be used as control or regulating valves, but rather when minimum pressure is needed.
The drain valves are situated along the pipe run and can be used to attach a hose when draining is required. You’ll need a drain valve key to use this valve.
Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve
The temperature and pressure relief valve removes pressure when too much builds up within the water boiler. Without this valve, your heater could explode. For residential homes, these valves relieve pressure at 150 psig and at 120 degrees F. When the T&P valve discharges, it’s a sign that something is wrong. The issue might be excess system pressure, low temperature relief, something in the water heater or too high of a setting on the water heater.
Pressure Reduction Valve
The pressure reduction valve is typically installed when your municipality’s water source is close to where you live. High water pressure is a great perk, but it can also increase your utility bill.
A stop-and-waste valve is great for outdoor faucets, since it lets you drain water after the water has been turned off. It’s ideal for irrigation fitting, as it it keeps sprinkler lines from freezing in the winter.
Check valves are also called ‘non-return’ valves, and they make it possible for water to flow in just one direction. Typically, these valves are used outside faucets and are built into the design. They prevent the siphoning of water down the supply pipe, keeping the water supply clean.
Dealing with Drips
Drips are caused when there’s seepage from the water supply. A watertight seal holds back incoming water when the faucet is off, fighting the pressure that’s used to move water through the pipes in your home. The seal is made up of a washer pressed against the faucet seat. Drips normally occur when one of these two parts isn’t functioning properly.
Replacing the Washer/Repairing Seat
Fixing the drip is usually a matter of replacing the washer or repairing the seat. First though, you’ll have to turn off the water supply at a nearby shutoff. If there isn’t a valve for individual fixtures, you’ll have to turn off the main shutoff. This cuts off all water to your entire home, so you’ll want to complete the fix quickly.
To disassemble the faucet, shut off the water supply, remove the faucet handle by unscrewing the screw on the stop or back of the handle, and loosen the top-mounted handle screw. Once the handle has been removed, remove the packing nut from the faucet assembly. You can use slip-joint pliers or an adjustable wrench to get the job done. Turn the pliers in the direction you would turn on the faucet to loosen the packing nut. Remove the screws anchoring the washer to release the stem, then replace if damaged. You’ll need an exact replacement (whether beveled or flat) to ensure the drip is completely stopped. Exact matches are necessary, because washers that are designed exclusively for cold water expand when they get hot. Once the new washer is connected to the stem, reinstall the assembly in the faucet. Put the stem back in place by turning it clockwise. Finally, reinstall the handle and put the buttons or discs back. Turn on the water and check to make sure the leak has been stopped.
If you’re repairing other faucet types, there are different steps you’ll need to take. If your faucet uses a rubber diaphragm instead of a washer, for example, you’ll need to remove the entire faucet stem from the body of the faucet. This can be done with pliers. If you don’t wrap the top of the stem with tape, your pliers can damage the faucet parts. Sometimes a screwdriver is necessary to pry the rubber diaphragm from the bottom of the stem. You’ll want the replacement diaphragm to fit tightly around the base of the stem prior to reassembly.
Rubber Seat Ring
You might also come across a faucet with a rubber seat ring in lieu of a washer. You’ll need to hold the end of the faucet stem with pliers and unscrew the threaded center pieces at the same time. You’ll next need to remove the sleeve so you can put in a new seat ring. Double check to make sure the lettering faces the threaded part of the stem.
Spring and Rubber Washer
Some faucets have a cartridge-type stem faucet with a spring and rubber washer. You’ll be able to replace these by removing the cartridge from the body of the faucet then taking out the washer and spring. Besides inserting the new spring and washer, you’ll want to make sure that it lines up with the cartridge and fits snugly in the slots of the faucet body during reassembly.
Faucets that have the seat integrated into the stem require that you unscrew the stem nut from the base of the stem and take off the washer retainer and metal washer. The retainer has a rubber washer which you will replace with the new washer (bevel side up).
In some cases, your faucet may not have a washer. In this instance, the hole alignment of two metal discs lets water flow through the faucet when turned on. With these types of faucets, it isn’t an easy fix. You’ll have to replace the entire valve assembly, which is where professional faucet repair in Kansas City comes in.
Single Lever Faucet
If you have a single lever faucet, you will need a specialized repair kit for the faucet type. Lucky for you, most faucet companies offer repair kits that come with instructions and pictures of replacement parts. The downside is that these repair kits can sometimes be hard to track down. Shut off the water supply before starting the repair/replace process, and follow the instructions step-by-step.
Dealing with Noises
We all want a quiet home, but noisy faucets can ruin that peaceful silence! Normally these noises sound when you turn the faucet on or off. For those in newer homes, too-small pipes are normally to blame. In older homes, the formation of scale on pipes can cause noises. Unfortunately, new pipes will be necessary to restore peace and quiet to your home, meaning you will need to enlist the help of professional faucet repair in Kansas City.
Oftentimes, this drastic step isn’t necessary—it’s all just a matter of your washer. The washer might be the wrong size, or it may not be held securely to the stem. To remedy the problem, simply replace or tighten the washer. In the case that the washer isn’t to blame, check the washer seat to make sure it hasn’t been clogged with residue. Sometimes, restricted water flow can create whistling and chattering noises. A simple cleaning should do the trick!
If a squealing noise is plaguing your home every time the faucet handles are turned, it’s most likely the metal threads of the stem binding against the faucet’s threads. For troubleshooting, remove the stem and apply petroleum jelly to the sets of threads. The jelly will resolve the noise issue and, as a bonus, make the handle easier to turn. Professional help will be needed if the stem threads or faucet body threads are worn.
Bonus tip: If the dripping noise is driving you insane, tie a 2-foot string around the nozzle and drop the string’s other end down the drain. Instead of plopping into your faucet, the water droplet will run down the string.
Faucet Repair in Kansas City
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not calling out a plumber to take care of a dangerous problem. By neglecting your fixtures and drains, you create even bigger issues for yourself. In this post, we’ll go over the different plumbing problems you may encounter, troubleshooting tips for the simple fixes and which problems require emergency plumbing in Kansas City.
You can prevent expensive repairs by conducting regular maintenance on your appliances. Complete your own maintenance inspection by examining exposed pipes around your house and checking for signs of moisture (when it isn’t humid). You can easily search for indicators of corrosion on brass or copper fittings. Corrosion indicates a slow leak since it occurs more quickly on damp metal. Ensure all your water faucets have a steady flow, but keep in mind that water pressure varies depending on faucet style and purpose. You can also look at drainage speed and flush toilets to check efficiency.
Clogged sinks are one of the most common plumbing problems out there. Clogged drains can be caused by hair, unprocessed food pieces, and more. Though this issue isn’t an emergency, it can cause the water flow to stop completely if it becomes too severe. You can use shower drain protectors to keep hair out of your drain and prevent the issue altogether.
To fix the problem, use a plunger to dislodge a clog with air pressure. Keep in mind that it can’t make the clog disappear completely. Commercial drain cleaners and clog removers are an option, but they can sometimes damage pipe materials if they’re utilized too often. You can check to see how bad the damage is by shining a light down the pipe. If the clump is near the mouth of the drain, you can use a pair of pliers or tweezers to remove the obstruction. The best way to prevent clogs is by installing drain screens, but we’re the ones to call if you require emergency plumbing in Kansas City!
We’re all familiar with this plumbing mishap…the clogged toilet. It’s embarrassing and inconvenient, but luckily there’s a quick fix! If you notice strange noises or leaking within your toilet, try some DIY tips. If the problem continues, you may have to deal with leaks and structural damage. Plus, raw sewage backups can create health issues in your homes. You can tell if the drain or trap is blocked when you see water rising to the rim and draining slowly after being flushed. A good troubleshooting technique is to bring out a trusty plunger. If that doesn’t work, use a snake to burrow into the blockage. Pull some of the snake from the drum and tighten the nut at the top of the snake body. After that, rotate the drum of the snake to ensure it gets the job done! When all else fails, contact emergency plumbing in Kansas City.
A running toilet is another common problem that plagues homes around the world. Jiggling the toilet handle can only patch the problem for so long. Toilets run when the flapper valve that lets the water pass from the tank to the bowl doesn’t fit properly. It could also be that the float isn’t balanced or the fill tube comes loose. You can purchase a toilet repair kit, but it may not be able to do the trick is there are more complex, underlying issues. If you’ve already checked out the flapper, float apparatus and fill tube, the culprit could be sediment. A tip off that you may have a silent leak is higher water bills. You can check for a leak by adding a few drops of food coloring to the upper tank, waiting 15-20 minutes and looking for any hint of color. If there’s tinted water, the flapper valve isn’t working properly. Once you’ve identified the issue, you can contact us for toilet repair.
Leaky faucets and toilets not only drive you insane, but also increase your utilities cost. You may have to deal with rust and mold growth as well. According to Aqua Plumbing, “when you turn off the tap, rubber or silicone-based washers form a water-tight seal that prevents more water from pushing its way through the pipes and out of the faucet”. If the washers become stiff, dislodged or torn, that’s where you get the drips. You’ll need specialized tools to replace the washers, so it’s sometimes more affordable to just hire a professional to do it for you. For those who neglect their leaks, the valve seat can be become corroded, requiring even more plumbing assistance. If you have ceramic plates that work together to form a seal rather than washers, repair jobs will be even more complicated. You’ll be able to tell if you have ceramic discs or a canister tap if you have a lever-operated sink or tub. We offer faucet repair services day and night!
Leaky pipes can go undetected for several weeks, but it’s important to identify and fix the problem before it becomes a huge money investment. Leaks normally occur at joints, but can be temporarily fixed with commercial joint fillers and fitting compounds. This quick fix eventually requires a more permanent solution in the form of pipe or fitting replacement. If you have a leaky U-joint beneath your sink, you can use a compression clamp or leak tape to keep the water from spraying. A leaking water heater valve can be replaced by a professional, but you may need an entirely new system if the heater wall is rusted through. A leaky washing machine hose can cause mold and rust, so get this taken care of as soon as possible.
Low Water Pressure
One of the worst things to encounter after a long day is a shower with low water pressure. If your stream is more like a trickle, it may be an issue with the pipes in your home or the municipal water supply. The most common reason for this issue is a build-up of deposits or sediment on faucet aerators, though this normally happens in systems without filters. Soaking your aerator in vinegar overnight can often do the trick. If that’s not it, a leak in the pipes might be your problem.
Some other problems to be concerned about are broken water lines (caused by poor water quality or water pressure), burst pipes (freeze-thaw cycle issue), a lack of hot water or a sewer system backup. You’ll be able to tell if you have a sewer system backup if you experience multiple drain clogs, gross odors emitting from the drains, gurgling toilets and pools of water near floor drains.
Questions to Ask
Can the Issue Wait?
Before you call someone out for emergency plumbing in Kansas City, ask yourself whether the issue can wait until the next day. A water leak in your basement requires immediate attention to prevent flood damage, but a faulty toilet can wait until the next morning if you have alternate toilet options. An issue may be more pressing depending on the time of year as well. A broken sink in the middle of the summer will be a problem, as will a faulty heater in the middle of the winter. In some cases, you can shut off the water without having to call in outside help. Simply locate the water shutoff valve and determine whether you need to shut off the main one or a specific valve. This will hold off the problem until the morning when you can call a plumber.
Will Waiting Cause More Damage?
You need to ask yourself whether putting off a repair will cause even more damage. If the answer is yes, opt for emergency plumbing in Kansas City. You can cut down on damage by using buckets and rags to soak up a leak, but don’t delay a permanent fix. Failure to nip these issues in the bud can results in floor, ceiling and wall damage.
Is this My Problem?
Sometimes, it’s not your responsibility to fix the problem. The water company and utility provider will be able to tell you if the issue is affecting the whole neighborhood rather than just your home. An example of this would be malfunctions with city water supplies. This saves you money, since repairs are made at no cost to you!
Things to Consider
Make sure you know exactly how much you’ll be paying for the repair. On top of service fees, you may be charged an extra fee for emergency services completed at night or on the weekends. We’ll be able to give you a ballpark estimate to fix your problem before we come out to your home. Do some comparison shopping and take into account reviews before making the call. There are some plumbing tasks that you can’t complete unless you’re a trained professional, like new construction that needs building permits and installation of new pipes/tubs. Seek out emergency plumbing in Kansas City if:
- There’s a septic tank leak
- The sewer line breaks or leaks
- You have water heater issues
Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is honored to have been voted as a “Neighborhood Favorite” in more than 175 Kansas City metro neighborhoods by users of the App Nextdoor!
Residents in the cities of Overland Park, Roeland Park, Shawnee, Stilwell, Fairway, Kansas City, Mission, Leawood, Mission Hills, Raymore, Olathe, and Lenexa voted Anthony PHC as their preferred plumbing, heating & cooling service provider in a recent survey. Neighbors across the country have made over 17 million recommendations for their favorite local businesses on Nextdoor.
“We are very grateful that our customers feel compelled to share their great experiences with their neighbors on Nextdoor. We truly believe that customer testimonials are the most powerful form of advertising”, Steve Burbridge, Owner said. “Being a Neighborhood favorite is validation of our mission to provide the best customer experience every hour of every day.”
Today, neighbors in more than 160,000 neighborhoods use Nextdoor to get to know one another, exchange local advice and share recommendations. Recommendations for local businesses are one of the most popular topics on Nextdoor, accounting for more than 25 percent of all neighborhood conversations. Neighborhood Favorites now makes it even easier for neighbors to find, recommend, and support the best local businesses in their neighborhoods.
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If you can think back to your middle school days, you’ll remember that it’s pretty hot and steamy underneath Earth’s surface. This high temperature is due to magma below the crust. Though outdoor temperatures may change depending on the season, underground temperatures remain relatively consistent due to Earth’s insulation. You’ll find this temperature consistency a mere 4-6 feet below the surface. When magma stays trapped in the Earth’s surface, it can heat underground water. These hot water pools that remain underground are called geothermal reservoirs, and can be harnessed to heat and cool homes and businesses via geothermal heat pumps. Geothermal heating is created when natural heat is pulled to the Earth’s surface. This heat can also be used for electrical purposes. Keep in mind that geothermal HVAC systems have been used for more than 60 years in the U.S.—this is a proven method to cut down on utility bills, consolidate heating/cooling, and tap into a renewable resource. This guide will cover the advantages of geothermal energy as well as a breakdown of how this process works.
Geothermal Heat Pump and Geothermal System
A geothermal heat pump is composed of loops of buried pipes that change function depending on the season. In colder months, heat from the ground is pulled into homes and circulated through a duct system. The system reverses in warmer months; a home’s heat is picked up by the circulating fluids inside the pipes and transferred into the Earth. With a heat pump, an air delivery system uses ducts and a heat exchanger buried in the ground to transfer this heat. A geothermal system is made up of an indoor handling unit, underground pipes (called an ‘Earth loop’), and a pump to reinjection well. The pipes in this system are composed of polyethylene and can be buried vertically or horizontally depending on your space requirements. If an aquifer is available, you also have the option to design an ‘open loop’ system. ‘Open loop’ means a well is drilled into the underground water. Water is pumped up, runs past a heat exchanger and returns to the same aquifer through reinjection. A geothermal heating and cooling system is composed of the heat-pump unit, a liquid heat-exchanger medium, and an air-delivery system (ductwork) or radiant heating.
What is Geothermal Energy?
Geothermal energy is the energy stored as heat beneath the Earth’s surface. Geothermal springs have been used for hundreds of years by Native Americans, Romans, and Chinese to heat water for cooking and bathing, but we’ve come a long way. We can now utilize geothermal energy to generate electricity through power plants, one of the many advantages of geothermal energy. Once a geothermal resource is identified, wells are drilled a few kilometers deep and the hot water is extracted. Electricity-generating power plants convert hydrothermal fluids to electricity. Depending on the state of the fluid and temperature, this conversion takes place via dry steam, flash steam or a binary cycle. The dry steam method extracts steam out of fractures in the ground and harvests hot water and steam that can then drive turbines on electricity generators.
Advantages of Geothermal Energy
Great for the planet
If you’re looking into geothermal heating and cooling or geothermal energy for electrical appliances, keep in mind that it doesn’t involve any form of combustion. This is one of the best advantages of geothermal energy! Geothermal has less greenhouse gas emissions, and binary geothermal power plants release NO greenhouse gases. Geothermal power plants generate 1/8th of the CO2 emissions associates with typical coal power plants. The geothermal heat pumps used for heating and cooling are also considered one of the most efficient options available. This status is due to their low electricity requirement (electricity is only used to operate the unit’s fan, compressor and pump). Plus, geothermal energy has a small land-use footprint, producing huge amounts of electricity without taking up much space. Even the United States Environmental Protection Agency agrees that geothermal heating and cooling is the most environmentally-safe and cost-effective option on the market.
Geothermal is renewable
Many ask, ‘is geothermal energy renewable?’ Yes! And it’s one of the major selling points of this option. As a base-load renewable power source, production takes place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter the weather, these power plants can operate. It’s expected that geothermal will overpower coal in the traditional utility system in the years to come, presenting a greener option that’s more scalable. Smaller plants can be set up and tailored to applications in individual communities. With geothermal reservoirs naturally replenished, we don’t have to worry about these sources running dry. In fact, geothermal energy will be around for as long as Earth exists.
These geothermal power plants are expected to crop up in more rural areas, creating jobs in smaller cities that rarely experience this level of employment growth. In 2012, a power complex built in Imperial Valley, CA created jobs for 323 workers. The investment cost $1 billion and took four years to complete, but there were 57 jobs that opened up after the project was completed, including maintenance, operations and engineering. Advantages of geothermal energy can be long-term.
Geothermal is limitless
No matter where you live, you have access to Earth’s internal heat. The tricky part is finding a way to extract this heat, but technological advancements have made this extraction process easier. Geothermal heat pumps, for example, have made it possible for people to harvest hot water from reservoirs below the surface to heat homes and businesses. Electricity conversion requires more advanced resources, but industry professionals are working to makes this process easier for everyone.
Utility bill savings
There is a high up-front cost for geothermal energy systems, mostly due to the expensive buried loop systems that are required. However, this initial cost is offset by the savings you’ll receive in the long run. Once the system is running, utility bills can decrease by up to 50%, one of the most popular advantages of geothermal energy In fact, a 30%-60% savings on heating and 25%-50% saving on cooling can cover the initial cost within three years. Lower maintenance costs mean it can be installed and then left alone for years afterward. To alleviate the financial strain, many institutions offer to tie the upfront cost of installation to monthly mortgage remittances or other interest financing options. A 2,000 square-foot home can be heated and cooled for as little as $1/day with a geothermal system. Plus, you can have it set up to supplement your home’s conventional water heater, saving you up to 30% on hot water costs every year. With a simple modification, you can have your geothermal system generating some, if not all, of your hot water. Hot water is stored in your water heater for later use, and heat extracted from the building is sent to the water heater during the cooling cycle. This savings calculator tells you how much you can expect to save by switching to geothermal energy.
High efficiency and low maintenance
The great thing about geothermal heat pumps is that they’re incredibly efficient (using only 25%-50% electric power for geothermal heating and cooling). The life expectancy is much higher for a geothermal system’s parts compared to other heating and cooling mechanisms. Because they have few mobile parts and are housed in a building, they can last a lot longer. The pipes have a warranty of up to 25 years, though the system can only last up to 20 years. Where other options might require frequent maintenance, a geothermal system only needs periodic checks, annual coil cleaning and filter changes when installed properly. A geothermal heat pump’s efficiency is determined by its coefficient of performance (COP), a ratio that compares how much energy the system moves to how much it uses. With a geothermal heat pump, you can expect your COPs to be between 3.0 and 5.0. For every unit of energy used to power the system, 3-5 units are supplied as heat.
Geothermal tax credit
If you purchased a and installed a geothermal system prior, you can claim a credit of 30% of qualified expenditures for a system that serves a dwelling unit located in the U.S. on your purchase for your personal tax credit. This system must be owned and used as a residence by the taxpayer. This federal tax credit includes all expenditures related to labor costs for on-site preparation, assembly or original system installation, and piping/wiring to interconnect a system to the home. According to energy.gov, “if the federal tax credit exceeds tax liability, the excess amount may be carried forward to the succeeding taxable year”. For geothermal system qualification, your system must have been installed prior to 2017. There is no maximum credit for systems placed in service after 2008, but the geothermal heat pump must meet federal Energy Star criteria. To qualify for geothermal tax credit 2017, your system must have been placed in service on or after January 1, 2008 and on or before December 31, 2016. Finally, the home served by the system does not have to be the taxpayer’s principle residence.
Other advantages of geothermal energy
- No threat of combustion
- Clean/safe (no odors or carbon monoxide)
- Heats and cools home evenly
- Provides dehumidified air in the summer
- Power output can be predicted
- No fuel required
Get Started Today!
If you’re interested in a more thorough look into the advantages of geothermal energy, contact us. We would love to help you get set up with a geothermal heating and cooling system or answer any questions you may have.