Arrow Plumbing, Inc provides a range of plumbing services for residential and commercial locations in Libertyville and the surrounding areas.

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How Long Do Water Heaters Last Before They Need to be Replaced?

The longevity of a hot water heater is perhaps its most important characteristic. Only a certified plumber can really tell when one needs to be replaced. Standard water storage water heaters normally last from eight to fifteen years before they need to be replaced, and tankless, or on demand, water heaters can usually perform at least twenty years of service, but there are many variables to consider.

Residential Water Heater

Storage Water Heaters

The storage water heater is the most commonly seen water heater in American homes. The hotter the water, the faster it will corrode the metal piping. Top of the line storage water heaters usually last longer because they corrode slower. The best way to make sure that your storage water heater lasts closer to fifteen years than eight is to have regular maintenance checks performed by a certified technician.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters last considerably longer than storage water heaters but are noticeably more expensive. Tankless water heaters work by heating water up on its way to your tap, shower, or washing machine. They don’t store water and therefore do not suffer from its corrosive properties. Tankless water heaters use easily replaceable parts, but still require regular maintenance to perform at their highest efficiency.

Power Vent Water Heaters

Power vent water heaters last about as long as storage water heaters but are far more efficient. With the right maintenance, the power vent might be able to outlast the storage water heater but probably still can’t match the tankless. As always, regular maintenance is the best way to keep these types of water heaters going.

If you’re water heater’s time is almost up, schedule a maintenance call from Arrow Plumbing, Inc in Libertyville, IL. Call (847) 549-9600 to set up an appointment today.

Avoiding Power Vent Heater Issues Due to Snow

When snow blankets your area, it creates many hazards. Dangerous roads, burst water pipes, and frozen trees and power lines are all common winter dangers. Snow can also clog the power vents on your roof. Most power vents are used to cool attics by venting hot air. Others are attached to power vent water heaters, which expel gas through an exhaust system as they heat a continuous supply of water.

Snow Covered Home With Dormers, Gabled Roof, Brick, Vinyl Siding

Snow Clogs in Power Vents

When a power vent attached to a water heater becomes clogged with snow, it will stop working. At that point, your only option is to wait for the snow to melt or clean out the snow yourself. If the vent is on the roof, then removing the snow from it may be dangerous. It is important to take action as soon as you realize the vent is clogged because carbon monoxide could potentially seep back into the home. Calling a plumbing and HVAC expert is the best way to address this problem safely.

Preventing Clogs

To avoid similar problems in the future, you can take measures to protect the power vent from snow. Screens and caps that fit the exterior vent that can help avert the snow from clogging the vent. If you live in an area that receives a lot of snow, it might be worth a try to move the power vent from the roof to the side of the house. The power vent solutions available to you will depend on your home’s plumbing layout and particular fixtures. Your plumber will be able to advise you on specific procedures.

Power vent water heaters are far more efficient than standard storage water heaters. If you’re interested about learning more about them, call (847) 549-9600 to speak to the plumbing professionals at Arrow Plumbing, Inc.

Protect Your Pipes This Winter: More Great Resources for You to Check Out

If you’d like to learn more about sump pumps and frozen plumbing, click on the helpful links below. Then call Arrow Plumbing for expert winterization and sump pump maintenance services in the Libertyville area—(847) 549-9600.

Frozen Pipe

  • To learn more about how sump pumps work, check out this page from How Stuff Works.
  • Here are some tips on how to keep your plumbing from freezing from
  • For more information on the different kinds of sump pumps available, check out this page from
  • Is your loud sump pump keeping you up at night? This article from has some insight on what may be causing your sump pump noises.
  • Check out these great frozen pipe safety tips from the American Red Cross.

Why Use a Sump Pump?

Too much water in the wrong places can have disastrous consequences. If you have a basement or crawlspace that is constantly flooding or leaking, certain plumbing techniques and equipment may be necessary to prevent extensive moisture-related damage. Installing a sump pump in your basement or crawlspace can help minimize damage from flooding or leaks. Here are some signs that you need a sump pump, and what consequences ignoring these signs in your Libertyville home may have.

Sump Pump

Why Use a Sump Pump?

Sump pumps are used to pump excess water out of your basement and out of your home. Sump pumps are usually separate from home plumbing systems, but may sometimes be connected to plumbing lines. Sump pumps are crucial if your home experiences basement flooding from rain water or sewer problems. If your Libertyville home is built on a water table, or if your basement slab and walls leak consistently, a sump pump can help to minimize water buildup and divert water outdoors.

Ignoring Moisture Problems

Allowing flooding and moisture buildup to go unregulated in your basement can cause a number of serious problems. Dark, damp basements are the ideal location for mold growth, which can spread quickly through your basement and throughout the home. Mold growth can degrade your indoor air quality, and ruin valuables stored in your basement. Excess moisture can also cause severe foundation problems. As water seeps into your basement or crawlspace, it weakens the concrete supporting your home, causing settling cracking. In the long term, this problem can intensify and require costly foundation repair services.

To learn more about plumbing improvements for your home, contact Arrow Plumbing today. We provide high quality plumbing services throughout the Libertyville area. Visit us online or call (847) 549-9600.


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