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Frequently Asked Questions  


Should the water heater be turned off when the property is vacant?

It's recommended that gas or electric water heaters be turned to their lowest setting while you’re gone. An electric water heater can be turned off at the circuit breaker box and the gas water heater can be turned off at the pilot light and gas supply line closed.

How do I know its time for home repiping?

There are a signs that will indicate that it may be time to replace the pipes throughout your home.

  • Brown-tinted water is coming out of your faucets
  • Sink faucets and shower heads releasing water at an abnormally low pressure
  • Pipe leaks or water spots

How do I know if I have a drain clog or stoppage?

Water backing up in shower, bath tub and toilets on the ground floor of your home. When ou see water coming up through the tub or showe drains when the toilet is flushed or if a gurgling aound comes from the toilet or washing machine, or if the toilet overflows or toilet then you probably a a stoppage in your main sewer line.

How long does it take to fix a main line stoppage?

The lenth of time it takes to fix a mainline stoppage depend on what is causing the stoppage and the solutution option you choose. For a quick fix we create a hole in the clog allowing water to drain; a process which can be accomplished in a day but this is only a most likely a temporary fix. For a proper fix requires usually requires repair, replace or reroute of the main line wich can take anywhere from several days to several weeks depending on the situation

What is drain jetting ?

Drain jetting (or High Pressure Water Jetting) is a highly effective way of clearing drains. Water is stored in tanks and run through a high pressure hose with a jetting nozzle. Drain rods can be great at clearing a blockage close to the toilet, but a drain jetting hose can extend much farther down the pipe, exert far more force for toughest of blockages.

What is a Home Repiping?

A repipe is when new hot and cold water pipes are installed inside your home to replace the existing copper or galvanized pipes already there. This would be for incoming water only. We will provide you with a FREE estimate in your home, and explain exactly what will take place.

What is PEX Tubing?

PEX stands for cross-linked polyethylene. There are many different types and brands of PEX on the market. PEX tubing is an easy-to-install alternative to copper pipe. Long used in radiant heating systems, flexible PEX tubing is perfect for water supply lines because it’s easy to run through walls and floors and simple to work with. PEX is flexible tubing that comes in long rolls and offers several advantages over traditional piping. First, you can usually make long continuous runs, eliminating most elbows and joints. You can snake long runs through joists and studs. Second, PEX doesn’t sweat under high humidity conditions, and it’s also resistant to bursting, even if the lines freeze solid. Third, joints are easier. You add fittings simply by crimping metal rings over barbed fittings using a special crimping tool.

When is it time to repair or replace your water heater?

If your water looks rusty, has an odor, your water heater is making unusual noises, or if you see water leaking around the base of the water heater, it’s time to make the call to have your water heater repaired or replaced. Larosa's Plumbing diagnose problem and advise you of your repair options. If replacing your equipment is the most cost-effective solution, we will walk you through the types of water heaters available and the features of each so you can make the selection that’s right for you.

How does a tankless water heater work?

Tankless water heaters only heat the water that you actually need at any given time. A flow sensor detects when you open the faucet. At that point the gas valve opens and the burners fire up. The heater measures the incoming water temperature and calculates how quickly the water should flow past the burners.

How does a tankless water heater compare to the conventional tank water heater?

Tankless water heaters, available in natural gas, propane and electric models, are great for homes with busy families, homes with luxury bathrooms and vacation homes. Point-of-use electric tankless water heaters are ideal for a single faucet or shower. And if you’re looking for additions, garages, outbuildings or even RVs. Watch Rheems video on Tank vs Tankless Water Heaters.

What is a "Point of Use" Water Heater ?

A "Point of Use Water Heater" is a space-saving solutions that provides hot water where you need it. These water heaters are designed to deliver hot water almost instantaneously, so you don’t have to wait. They are compact water heaters can be easily installed under sinks and make a great choice for home additions and detached structures and more.

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