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Signs Of Water Heater Malfunction

Water heaters are simple devices that have made modern day living a lot more comfortable than it would be without them. Water heaters do not last forever. Spotting a malfunctioning water heater is easily accomplished by just about anyone but repair and replacement needs to be left to a licensed plumbing specialist.

If your hot water has a peculiar odor and or a metallic taste it could mean that your water heater has a substantial buildup of minerals in the primary tank area. If you water heater is powered by gas then the peculiar odor could be caused by a gas leak and needs to be seen to immediately.

Leaking pipes or water puddles around your water heater are serious signs that your water heater is done for and needs to be replaced. Water damage is very costly and failure to correct this problem can result in severe damage to the structure of your home.

If you hear any strange noises coming from your hot water heater such as crackling or popping then you probably have a large amount of mineral buildup in the main water tank. This usually happens in areas where the water has a high amount of minerals and sediment. Some people say this noise sounds like gravel being rolled around in a large barrel and essentially this comparison is correct because the mineral buildup in your water tank takes the form of irregular pebbles and sheets.

If your hot water turns red or looks dirty then the inside of the heaters tank has probably rusted to the point the water heater needs to be replaced. Rust is lethal to hot water heaters and is the primary cause of malfunction. If your hot water starts looking muddy then you probably need to have your water tank flushed by a professional before the buildup causes serious problems that will result in having to replace the hot water heater.

If your hot water is not as hot as it used to be this is usually because one or more of the heating elements has failed. Hot water heaters have an average life span of 8-15 years. If yours is reaching that point in its lifespan, you should keep a close watch on it to prevent serious water damage to your home.

 For all your water heater repairs and installation needs call Griswold Plumbing, LLC today at  860-554-5219! Proudly servicing the Connecticut (CT) area.

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Enjoy Savings With A Tankless Hot Water Heater

The rising costs of electricity and water have certainly caused you to look for as many money-saving tips as you can. Heating and cooling a home doesn’t come at an affordable cost, with some bills running into the hundreds of dollars each and every month. While it is likely that you’ve received many amazing money-saving tips, there may be a way that you can save more money in your Connecticut (CT) home, and that is with a tankless hot water heater.

Although the initial cost of a tankless hot water heater will set you back more than what a traditional hot water heater will cost, the long term benefits of the purchase more than make up for these additional costs. Additionally you can search a few different models and brands of tankless hot water heaters to find the best possible deal on your purchase. Ask a professional plumber for recommended models.

The one feature of a tankless water heater that keeps impressing person after person is that the water is heated only when it is being used. This prevents you from overusing electricity to heat your water, in turn saving you cash on the monthly electricity bill. There’s no waiting for water to heat up as their is no tank, plus, you can use multiple sources of heated water at the same time. For example, you could wash a load of clothes, take a shower and run the dishwasher, with all getting hot water supplied.

Typical savings for those using a tankless hot water heater average around 33%. That is a good chunk off of your normal operating costs, and a sure welcomed break in the money that is coming out of your pocket. The actual money that you will save is determined by the tankless heater that is chosen, as both gas and electric models are available. Your water usage is another factor in the savings you will find.

Thinking of replacing your current water heater for a more efficient tankless water heater? Contact Griswold Plumbing, LLC your Connecticut (CT) water heater specialist. Call us today at at 860-554-5219!

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How A Sump Pump Works During & After A Flood

Many Americans have to deal with moisture or floods below their homes. Water damage is very expensive and can cost thousands of dollars in repairs for homeowners. Expense is not the only problem that is caused by flooding or moisture. Tenants may also have to deal with mold and mildew growing inside their homes because of the moisture below. Mold and mildew can cause breathing issues and other health related issues in people residing in these homes. A sump pump can prevent damage to the home and health problems for homeowners.

There are basically two types of sump pumps. The submersible pump lays in the water and is housed within a case. It has a grate that the water is pulled into but keeps trash from getting into the pump. The second type is the pedestal pump. It has a long pedestal that keeps the pump out of the water. A pipe pulls the water into the pump.
The pedestal pump is less expensive but keep up more noise.

A sump pump keeps the basement and crawlspace area dry and prevents flooding. The pump is placed in a pit where water can flow into it through drains or by natural water migration. The sump pump pumps the water out of the pit and away from the basement or crawlspace. Many homes located in flood zones have sump pumps. However, sump pumps have become very common in houses that are being constructed.

A hole is dug in the lowest part of the basement or crawlspace and gravel is placed in the bottom of the pit. The sump pump stands in the pit. It has a floater or pressure sensor that is activated once the pit fills with water. During a flood the pit fills with water which activates the sump pump. It constantly pumps water out of the pit through a discharge pipe to the outside where the water can safely drain away. The pipe has a valve that keeps the water flowing out of the pump which prevents back flow into the home.

A sump pump can be useful to any home, especially if the home is in a low lying area or in a flood zone. For more information about sump pump contact Griswold Plumbing, LLC your trusted Connecticut (CT) plumbing contractor. Call us today at 860-554-5219!

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Why Have A Garbage Disposal?

A garbage disposal is one of the most useful tools in the kitchen. No one needs to have smelly garbage under the kitchen sink. Bagged garbage is also a problem and will also attract unwanted animals. Sometimes the family dog will get into the garbage, and not only is it unhealthy for him it can be dangerous. That is where a garbage disposal comes in handy. It takes care of the problem. There is no need to put food and other things in the trash. They can be ground and flushed down the disposal into the kitchen pipes. Remember, it is important to run plenty of water when using the disposal. It will keep the pipes clean and fresh and is an important part of how the disposal works.

There are several different makes and models when it comes to disposals. It is important to get a good one that has all the needed features to last for several years. If the disposal in the home is old and outdated, it will often cause problems. Disposals are often reasonably priced, so it is worth buying a new one.

There are some garbage disposals that will grind chicken bones, fruit rinds and even coffee grounds. This is good news for homeowners who like a clean fresh kitchen. Nothing is worse then the smell of garbage sitting in the waste can.

The newer disposals liquefy the garbage. It is then safe for septic tank and other plumbing systems. A disposal can last for several years with proper care. There are some things that should not be put in the disposal. Carrot and potato peels will often clog the disposal at the most inopportune time. Holidays and other times when the cook of the house is planning the perfect dinner, the disposal backs up. Most people try to clean it out themselves, but it often requires a good plumber to take the pipes apart and clean them out. They have all the right equipment to do this messy chore and will make the process seem easy.

Some people try to install a disposal themselves. Most of time, it is better to have a plumber put it in. They know all the tricks to make the process easy. Because this is a quick job, the fee is usually small. Most people appreciate the plumber being able to install the unit and have it up and working very quickly. No need for the whole kitchen to be out of commission all day when a plumber does the job.

If you will like to install a new garbage disposal in your kitchen or just need to service your current one,  contact Griswold Plumbing Services, Connecticut’s (CT’s) garbage disposal specialist. Call us today at 860-554-5219,

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What You Should Know About Repiping

The period taken in repiping should be as short as possible to reduce the time you will run without water. Finding a plumbing company that can repipe your home within a day is the most ideal choice. Choose a plumber with experience in repiping for a reasonable period of time. You can get information about a good plumber by researching online or getting referral from your friends who have had their repiping done by those plumbers. Getting a referral is better than engaging a new plumber to do repiping for your home.

Replace the old water pipes with better ones especially with the right type that can withstand the high temperatures of hot water. Some pipes easily wear out or break when hot water passes through. Avoid such material while repiping to reduce the cost of repiping your home within a short period of time, thus increasing your savings.

Choose pipes which will only require minimal access holes as these will reduce the damage on your wall and ceiling. Avoid using galvanized iron pipes as they easily corrode and will contaminate your water with rust or eventually break causing disruption on the water supply. You should access the state of the pipes to help you in deciding whether you should install new ones or you can repair the existing ones. If you are not sure on how to access, engage an expert who can help. Check each pipe at a time and mark the ones which require replacement, especially the rusted or corroded pipes to minimize water contamination. Repairing existing pipes will greatly reduce the cost incurred in installing new pipes for the entire home which may be expensive.

Visiting a home improvement firm will help you with advice on how best to repipe your home. Using copper pipes for the repiping for example is most suitable as copper is durable and does not easily corrode. Though sometimes it is expensive, using copper pipes will serve you for a long period of time and will save you time and money for repiping in your home within short periods of time

Suspect you may have a burst pipe emergency in the Connecticut (CT) area? Contact Griswold Plumbing, LLC, your emergency plumbing specialists, today at  860-554-5219.

When Is Repiping Necessary In A Home?

There are many things that may be happening in your home that can cause you to wonder if repiping is necessary. It can be very hard for the average homeowner to know if their pipes are in good condition. This often requires the help of a plumbing company. You can hire a plumber to come into your home and take a close look at your piping. This can tell you quickly if you need new pipes to help make your home more efficient.

You may have noticed that your washing machine is filling slower than it used to. This can be a sign that there may be an issue with the pipes. Your shower is a place where you may find that the stream of water does not feel as strong. These should be noticeable signs that can require inspection by a good plumbing company.

professional plumbing company will come into your home and do an examination. This will be the first step of the process. Upon this inspection you will receive a quote. This can show you how much it will cost to complete the job and all of the details of the work performed that will be completed. Repiping may be necessary, or there may be alternatives that will be explained to you. You can decide how you want to proceed with the advice of this professional.

There are many steps that will need to be completed for the repiping process and this can take some time to complete. You can find out from the plumbing company you choose how long this process is expected to take in your home. Each home will have unique needs and will have different time frames for completion.

When you hire a good plumbing company you can find out if repiping is necessary and this can allow you to begin preparing for this type of repair. A good plumbing company will give you all of the details about the work that will be performed and they can help you to come up with the right solutions to your plumbing problems.

Thinking you may have a burst pipe emergency in the Cromwell, CT area? Contact Griswold Plumbing, LLC, your emergency plumbing specialists, today at  860-554-5219.

Garbage Disposal Maintenance

Are you having some trouble with your kitchen garbage disposal unit? Regular garbage disposal maintenance is the best way to keep your kitchen garbage disposal running smoothly for years. While many people choose to have a professional garbage disposal company maintain their machine, there are many things you can do to maintain your own kitchen garbage disposal unit. If you’re like most people who own a home, then you probably use your garbage disposal machine regularly, especially if you have a large family.

Regular garbage disposal maintenance isn’t difficult. Simply cleaning and deodorizing your unit is important, but more importantly, keeping certain items and debris out of your garbage disposal is the best way to ensure it will continue to function properly. After cooking and eating meals, certain foods debris should not be put into your kitchen garbage disposal. Things like banana peels, coffee grounds artichoke or anything fibrous should be thrown away. Although, your garbage disposal unit could handle these items, regularly running them through your machine will put an unnecessary load on your garbage disposal unit. And, fibrous debris can build up under the blades and cause blockage.

While keeping your garbage disposal clean and well maintained is easy, inevitably the blades will become dull with use. Sometimes even hard objects can find their way inside your garbage disposal. Pieces of plastic, cherry pits and eating utensils can jam your machine and even break the mechanism. Trying to remove these items from your kitchen disposal unit, with your hands, can be dangerous! Reaching into a jammed kitchen garbage disposal machine poses a serious risk to hand injury. It is advised to use tongs or pliers to remove a foreign object from your disposer unit when it gets jammed or you can contact an experienced garbage disposal maintenance and repair company.

Maintaining your kitchen garbage disposal machine is easy, but when it gets clog up, the unit engine ceases to function, the blade breaks or a foreign object gets seriously jammed in it, then it’s time to call a professional.

If you’re looking for a professional plumber that can offer affordable and consistent garbage disposal maintenance and repair services in Connecticut (CT), then contact Griswold Plumbing Services. We are your garbage disposal experts! Call us today at 860-554-5219.

Water Heater Repair & Installation

You usually do not think about your water heater too much, unless it stops working. Then, you think about your water heater a lot, especially how you are going to get it repaired or replaced. Water heaters heat the water we use for bathing and showering, for washing our clothes, and cleaning our dishes. Hot water is something most people take for granted, until something happens, and it is no longer readily available at the turn of a tap.

Sometimes, water heaters develop problems, such as leaks, which can lead to higher than usual utility bills, and even property damage. Sometimes they just wear out, since the traditional tank water heater has about a 8 to 12-year life span. Either way, you will need to call in a professional to have your hot water heater replaced or repaired efficiently and safely. Griswold Plumbing Services, LLC, can help you with your water heater repairs or installation needs. Whether you need a replacement part installed to extend the life of your current unit, or are looking to save money on your utility bills by switching to a newer, more energy efficient water heater, we will provide you professional, courteous and expert service at the best value

Many homeowners may not realize that there are newer, more efficient water heaters available today that could cut hundreds of dollars off their water heating costs each year. At Griswold Plumbing, LLC, we are happy to help find the best solution for you, whether it is a repair or replacement. We also offer emergency repair services, so you won’t have to wait long to get your hot water back on.

We install electric, power vented gas (natural or propane), indirect, and oil fired water heaters.

If your hot water heater is acting up, don’t try to fix it yourself. It could be very dangerous, especially if you use gas to heat the water. Don’t risk calling just any random plumber, who may not be licensed and insured, and could cause more harm than good, and don’t wait until your old hot water heater dies, leaving you, and your family, out in the cold.

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Call Griswold Plumbing, LLC today at 860.554.5219 for all your water heater repairs and installation needs, and you will be happy that you did!

Low Well Water Pressure Or No Water At All

So, you turn on the faucet in the shower and only two little streams of water come out of the shower head. Then, you sigh at the thought of how long it’s going to take just for you to wash your hair. Or, when you turn on the sink faucet and, instead of a stream of water, a few drips come out. Plumbers call this low flow, homeowners call it low water pressure. Luckily, there are ways to solve this problem. First, it is important to understand what the causes of low water pressure can be. The following are some of the causes for low or no water pressure:

  • Debris in the water
  • Mineral deposit build-up
  • Pressure regulators
  • Low pressure to the house
  • Water valves
  • Water leaks

Having an experienced Griswold Well Water Specialist identify the problem is the first step. We find a really common cause of low flow is stuff in your water. If you have old iron pipes, these can plug with rust, and rust breaks loose and plugs up aerators, the valve, and anywhere there is a restriction in the pipes.

Also, there is a certain amount of algae in our water. It looks a little like fine sawdust, and sometimes we get more than usual through the water supply. Low water pressure can be seasonal. Sometimes, the plastic pipe inside the water heater disintegrates, and pieces of plastic plug fixtures.

Regardless of the debris in your water, a Griswold Well Water Specialist can help. Call 860.554.5219 today.

  1. Replacing Pressure Regulators

    A pressure regulator is a water device shaped like a bell. The regulator is usually found below the hose connection in the front of your home, though it may be located in a different area depending upon the construction of your home. If the pressure regulator goes bad or stops working, it may cause low water pressure in some or all of the water fixtures in your home. To save you more costly repairs, have a Griswold Well Water Specialist replace this for you. Call 860.554.5219 today.

  2. Low Water Pressure To The House

    A Griswold Well Water Specialist will test your water pressure and recommend solutions based on your unique situation. Call us today at 860.554.5219.

  3. Turning Your Home’s Main Shut-Off Valves

    Valves turn, which means these valves have the potential to accidentally be moved or turned off without the homeowner realizing it. There is usually a main water valve in a home. If this main water valve is not shut off or if it is not completely turned on, it will affect all of the water flow in the home. A well water specialist from Griswold Plumbing can help you determine if your shut-off valve is fully open. Call 860.554.5219 today.

  4. Repairing Water Leaks

    Cracks or damages to water pipes servicing your home can cause water leaks. Water leaks can cause low water pressure because not all of the water is making its way to your faucet. Some of it is leaking through the cracked or damaged pipe. We have simple ways to check your pipes for leaks. Call 860.554.5219 today.

  5. Taking Care Of Mineral Deposit Build-Ups

    We test for minerals in your water for free with your service call. To learn more about the free Griswold Water Wellness Check, click here ($159 value).


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We can help fix your low pressure or no pressure water problem. Call 860.554.5219 today for a Griswold Well Water Specialist to help you!

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The Effects Of Sulfur In Your Drinking Water

How Sulfur Enters Our Water

When sulfur enters our drinking water, it will cause a production of sulfide gas. This occurs because of bacteria in the water that will eventually cause a reduction in sulfite ores when sulfur is present. Well water is far more likely to become contaminated by sulfide gas because of where it is stored and how the system functions. The water itself is a solvent that unintentionally dissolves minerals wherever it goes.

Sulfur In Well Water

One way to avoid sulfur in water would be to stop using a well. For many people this may not be a reasonable solution, but the rocks lining most wells are far more likely to produce sulfur. Rain water running into a well can drag along with it the sulfur of rocks in the land around the well. This is an unfortunate aspect of owning a private well. Health effects vary and often times sulfur only alters the taste and odor of the water, but consuming too much sulfur can be a real problem.

How Sulfur Effects Us

Most people consume sulfur every single day, and not just from their water. Plenty of common foods contain sulfur, such as eggs and fish. In fact, regardless of the negative effects of sulfur in water, the substance is regularly used to maintain hair and skin health. Unfortunately, sulfur in food is easy to control while sulfur in drinking water is not. When sulfur is in the drinking water of your home, you and your family may not be able to avoid consuming too much sulfur. Such over consumption can lead to serious health problems such as diarrhea and dehydration.

How To Deal With Sulfur In The Water

The most common way of dealing with sulfur in drinking water is the use of chlorine. Chlorine will transform sulfur into large yellow chunks that are easy to filter out of the water. Sulfur can be dangerous for infants, so water treatment is highly recommended. Tests can be performed to determine the amount of sulfur in water so that the proper steps may be taken to prevent any health risks.


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