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Nashville, TN

by: BARTLEY BURNETTE

JACK WARD & SONS PLUMBING

(615) 227-2811

Nashville, TN – Water Heaters: Which Type is Best for Your Family?

If you feel the way we do about water heaters, than you might just want to get a career as a plumber! If you’re a homeowner, however, you might just be thinking of how many different types of water heaters there are out there and which one you should pick to replace your old one. Depending on how you’re heating your water and how much hot water you need, there are several options when it comes to purchasing a water heater. Some water heaters cost more upfront, but are more energy efficient and require a lower cost in the long run. So, we’ll give you the rundown on different types of water heaters and what water heater will best suit your family according to need.

Tankless/On-Demand water heater

Usually water heaters store the water, but as the name suggests, this water heater does not store water. They use heating coils to heat the water as you need it. They are more energy efficient than a storage tank because they provide only a limited flow of hot water per minute (3.5 gal). These water heaters are great for people that don’t use more than one water source at a time. For example, fewer people in the home or people that won’t have to take a shower while running the dishwasher. They are also great for homes that use natural gas for heating because electric models sometimes require expensive upgrades of the home’s electrical capacity.

Storage Tank Water Heater

These are the most common types of water heater and they do as the name suggests. With these tanks, water is heated in an insulated tank, stored until needed, and leaves the tank through a pipe at the top of the heater. Natural gas water heaters use half the energy of its counterpart (electric heater), but costs more at the time of purchase.

Hybrid (Heat Pump) Water Heater

These use about 60% less energy than standard electric heaters because they capture heat from the air and transfer it to the water. Of course, they cost more upfront, but installation time is short and cost is less expensive in the long run. The downfall is that they don’t work too great in extremely cold spaces and they need to stay at temperatures 40 degrees-90 degrees. These water heaters are a bit needy when it comes to space and they need up to 7 feet from floor to ceiling as well as 1,000 cubic feet of space to capture heat from along with an area with nearby drain to rid of condensate.

Condensing Water Heater

If you heat with gas and need a unit with a capacity to hold more than 55 gallons, then this is the heater for you. These tanks are much like the conventional units, except they capture exhaust gases that would usually go out of the flue, which wastes energy. The gases are blown through a coil in the base of the unit, where most of the heat can be absorbed by cold water.

Solar Water Heater

The name gives it away- this unit is powered by the sun’s heat. It uses the sun’s heat and transfers it to an antifreeze-like fluid in a closed-loop system that runs to the water tank. Best savings will come in the summer, so if you live in a warm, sunny region, this is a great tank for you. Since the system wouldn’t work well on cloudy/cold days, a backup system kicks in when needed, hence savings would suffer during these times or in these regions. Usually what you will spend to buy and install would mean it would take some time to recoup costs.

So there you have it, these are the many types of water heaters. Hopefully your shopping journey will come easier with this basic knowledge. Once you find the right pick for your family, give Jack Ward and Sons Plumbing Co. a call to install at 615-227-2811. Oh, and if you have a broken water heater and need your water heater fixed, we do that too.

Nashville, TN – Your Newly Installed Toilet Could be Causing a Dirty Bathroom?

So, you got a fresh new toilet installed (possibly by Jack Ward and Sons Plumbing), it’s working great and you have no complaints! So, what more is there to worry about? Well, GERMS. Nasty, floaty, infection causing, dirty, scum-of-the-earth bacteria! Now, if you are an avid “Put the toilet seat down and THEN flush” kind of person, then this may not apply to you… Although you may still find it interesting.

In a journal article from the American Journal of Infection Control found here, tests concluded that a toilet bowl contaminated with Clostridium Difficile (a bacteria that causes water stools and abdominal pain) was still present after 24 flushes. This information is important to note because this bacteria, along with E. Coli (bacteria which commonly causes urinary tract infections) and many others, could be vastly spread around your bathroom. It doesn’t matter how frequently you clean your toilet. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a new toilet with fresh plumbing. All that matters is that you went to the bathroom, you flushed the toilet and left the lid up! Wait, what?! Leaving the lid up or down matters?

Indeed it does matter, because apparently, water splashing from the toilet (toilet plume) when it is flushed can spread as far as 15 feet from the toilet! It can get on your toothbrush, walls, door handle, contact lens case, makeup, etc. GROSS! Now, not all bacteria will make you sick, and usually it’s harmless, but the idea of feces and urine spreading across your entire bathroom every time you flush the toilet is disturbing (unless you like that kinda thing). Future research is currently being done (as seen here) on whether or not leaving the toilet lid up will produce potentially infectious aerosols and infectious disease by testing the air above and around the toilet, along with surfaces in the bathroom. The closer contact you make with the little germies (like flushing while you’re still on the seat, courtesy flush they say), the more likely you are to get sick or develop an infection by them. Of course, many other factors play into this as well, like the strength of your immune system and your stress level, etc.

So there you have it, avoid the splish splash of unwanted bacteria and feces around your bathroom and shut that lid! Some might even go as far as getting new toothbrushes and sanitizing anything that might have been splashed with poopoo water. What a relieving feeling to know that everything included in the brown bag special will stay in the bag.

If you are having any other leaks, cracks, broken plumbing or anything that would warrant help with plumbing, toilet repair and installation in your Nashville home, GIVE US A CALL at (615) 227-2811.

We like to make sure everyone can keep a sanitary living space here at Jack Ward and Sons Plumbing.

 

Nashville, TN – Why Does My Water Stink Like Sulphur?

What is it that is happening when our water smells like sulphur? You may experience the smell whether you use hot or cold water, but its unpleasant nonetheless. You may have questions like “Is it safe to drink?”, and today this article will address the mystery of stinky water and how to fix it.

We often hear the complaint generally when you dig into it its from somebody that is on well water or ground water supply. Why that is that the groundwater can pick up hydrogen sulfide a naturally occurring gas that gets absorbed into the water and comes into the house. When it does, it gets released and that smell is given off into your home as the gas is released.

Is this gas dangerous?

The gas is not dangerous. You do not have to worry about your safety when it comes to hydrogen sulfide, but you might worry about the smell of your home and how it affects your comfort or opinion of your guests!

How do I treat it?

You can get the smell from both hot and cold water. If this is the case, you want to call a local the local well and your local plumbing contractor. They will put in the necessary filter that is right for your home that will remove the hydrogen sulfide from your water supply. Most commonly, the smell comes form the hot water supply as opposed to the cold. This fact signals to a plumbing technician to take a look inside of the homeowner’s tank water heater.

Inside your water heater is a piece called a sacrificial anode rod. It is a rod that is installed in the core of the water heater. Made with a steel core wire surrounded with one of three different metals, the rod protects your water heater from rusting. If your anode rod is made of the standard magnesium, the hydrogen sulfide will attack the magnesium and create loads of the nasty smell. The next step is to replace any rotten magnesium rods with a much more impervious aluminum one.

In summary, the unpleasant odor is safe, but unsatisfactory. There are methods of removing the smell that you can implement with the help of your local plumbing contractors, like Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. Give us a call today at (615) 227-2811 to discuss your situation and to schedule an evaluation of how we can help.

Nashville, TN – How to Clear a Clog from your Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal is a relatively simple machine that consists of a motor, a flywheel, and propeller arms fashioned with blades that are attached to the flywheel that spin and shred everything they come in contact with. Occasionally, you’ll get some debris stuck in your garbage disposal and you’ll need to make a quick trip to the circuit breaker to cut power to it and then a couple of easy steps to remove the unit from underneath your sink.

Some of the tools you will want to have handy to help unclog your disposal are a broom stick (or other long and sturdy object), needle nose pliers, and an Allen wrench. The first step is to check if the power is on to the disposal or not. If you hear the hum of the motor when you flip the switch, you know you can proceed once the power is shut off. If you do not hear a hum, you should then try and test the reset button and cut the power off once you know the unit still works.

Next, you should attempt to dislodge whatever is causing the jam or clog by inserting the allen wrench into the inlet on the bottom of the disposal. Give the wrench a good back and forth wiggle motion to turn the blades in an attempt to free the blockage. After a few repeats of this motion, you will then want to grab the broom handle and insert it into the mouth of the garbage disposal in the sink to try to dislodge the blockage further. Once you feel little to no resistance from the blades, you are ready to move onto the next step.

Taking the needle nose pliers, you will attempt to pull the obstruction out from the bottom of the disposal. If you feel that the object you’ve gotten a hold of won’t budge, chances are you grabbed one of the propeller arms and need to keep “fishing”. After locating and removing the blockage, turn on the cold water to harden and wash down any grease that may have accumulated in the disposal. Test the motor while the water is running, pulsing it in short bursts to determine it is safe before running the disposal for a good 4 to 5 seconds.

And that’s it! Your disposal is restored to working condition. There are a lot of foods we eat during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays that are rather strong enemies of your garbage disposal, and maintaining an appropriate method of disposing food waste is just as important. Stringy vegetables such as celery and carrot tops can easily wind themselves around the blades and restrict their movement. Bones, pits, and other hard pieces of food will jam the machine in no time at all. Be sure to keep your disposal protected this holiday season to prevent any unwanted problems in your kitchen during all the hustle and bustle of celebration.

If your garbage disposal is unaffected by your attempts to clear it, or you suspect there may be a bigger problem, contact your local Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. today! Give us a call at (615) 227-2811.

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BIO: Bartley Burnette is the grandson of Jack Ward. He has worked at Jack Ward & Sons for his entire career. Bartley’s uncle, Tommy Ward, purchased the family business from Jack securing the second generation of local plumbers. Tommy ran the company for some time and trained Mr. Burnette in the plumbing trade.

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BIO: Bartley Burnette is the grandson of Jack Ward. He has worked at Jack Ward & Sons for his entire career. Bartley’s uncle, Tommy Ward, purchased the family business from Jack securing the second generation of local plumbers. Tommy ran the company for some time and trained Mr. Burnette in the plumbing trade.