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Here’s how tankless water heaters work

By now, you’ve probably heard about some of your friends and family investing in something for their home called a “tankless water heater.” Also known as a “Demand-Type Water Heater,” these systems are becoming increasingly popular with Fresno and Central Valley homeowners.

In this blog, we’ll explore the reasons why more and more local homeowners are making the switch to tankless systems. To learn more, or to make the switch yourself, contact Allbritten! We’re your local plumbing experts! (559) 292-4919

An endless hot water supply

Tankless water heaters, as the name suggests, do not have a tank in which they store hot water for eventual use by you and your family. Instead, a “tankless” system is a heating element connected to a water line. As hot water is needed, the line sends water through the system, rapidly heating it to the desired temperature.

Since the water heater isn’t storing a limited supply of water for use later and only heating it as needed, it can supply a virtually unlimited supply of hot water. This is useful for large families that go through a lot of hot water in a single period of time, such as when people are getting ready in the morning.

However, no matter what size your family is, this other benefit applies to you.

Saving money, both today and tomorrow

Tankless water heaters are more energy-efficient than their standard counterparts. Since they’re only heating water as it’s needed, there’s less energy wasted. All-in-all, one of the chief benefits of a tankless system is that they can significantly cut down on the gas or electricity used in your home, which in turn slashes your monthly energy bills.

Yet, that’s not all. These systems also last longer than standard water heaters; in some cases, a tankless unit can have double the lifespan of a regular water heater. While the upfront cost of a tankless system is typically higher than that of a regular unit, bear in mind that you may have to purchase two water heaters in the same lifespan of one tankless.

Safety and space-savings

As you probably know by now, tankless water heaters do not have a tank. Here’s another benefit to that: the water heater tank burst—a scenario dreaded by homeowners for decades—is out of the equation. There’s no more need to have that stressful thought in the back of your mind, and there’s no putting a price on that.

One final benefit: most tankless water heaters are wall-mounted in your garage, utility closet, or elsewhere. This frees up floor space in some of the most valuable and crowded parts of your home.

To learn more about how tankless water heaters work, call Allbritten!

Allbritten is your source for local, trusted plumbers here in Fresno and the Central Valley. We repair and install tankless systems, as well as standard ones.

To learn more or to get started on a quote for a new demand-type unit, contact us today, or give us a call at (559) 292-4919.

Hard water: What is it, and why do you need a water softener?

Most people take the water that comes out of their tap for granted. Beyond the other stuff that can be in your home’s drinking and potable water, there’s something else you need to think about: hard water. Here in Fresno, our exceptionally hard water makes a water softener a necessity.

A water softener treats a hard water problem by removing the buildup of minerals that can damage your  home’s plumbing. It effectively removes the minerals such as calcium and magnesium carbonates through an ion exchange process. The device can increase the lifespan of the plumbing fixtures, and reduce plumbing repair costs.

In this article, we will take a look at some of the reasons why it’s important to soften hard water by installing a water softener.

Hard water buildup and water softenerWhat is hard water?

Thanks to gravity, water is always on the move. In rivers, it can carve canyons and create valleys. Underground in aquifers and wells, water slips between rocks. All that time, the water is brushing against rock, scraping off minerals such as calcium and magnesium. It’s the presence of minerals that makes water “hard” as opposed to “soft.”

Does Fresno have hard water?

Yes, we do. Here in Fresno, our water, on average, is 122 parts-per-million. According to the scale developed by the Water Quality Association, that means our water here in town is classified as “hard.”

If your home’s water is drawn exclusively from underground sources, your water might even be harder than that. That’s because aquifer sources are typically “harder” than surface water sources.

So, what’s the problem?

First, let’s clear something up: there’s no health risk for you and your family as a result of hard water. (Although, there’s other reasons you should consider a whole-home water filtration system). However, hard water can do a number on your home’s plumbing and appliances. Let’s explain why.

As mineral-rich hard water passes through the pipes and plumbing of your home, those minerals leech out of the water and stick to the inside of the pipe. Over time, this results in the buildup of calcium commonly known as “scale”. 

What else does hard water impact?

The flow of water in your home can be reduced because of this blockage in the pipe. The result is that you’ll need to re-pipe your home—an expensive proposition—a lot sooner than you would have otherwise. It’s a major problem here in Fresno.

However, that’s not all. Those minerals are also being pumped into your dishwasher and washing machine every time you use them, causing damage and reducing the lifespan of your appliances.

Your water heater is particularly vulnerable. After all, it has water inside of it at all times. Mineral buildup can negatively impact the anode rod, and deposits of just 1/16 of an inch can negate your water heater’s energy-efficiency, increasing your home energy costs.

Hard water impacts your home comfort

The wrong type of water can have major impacts on your home’s comfort. Here’s just some of the ways that hard water negatively impacts your home:

  • Your laundry will be stiff and dingy because detergents will not work as well with hard water. In addition, the minerals in the water, over time, wear down the colors in your favorite outfits.
  • Your skin will be drier, itchier, and harder to deal with, and you’ll feel like your hair is under attack. Hard water can aggravate symptoms of eczema.
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioners will work less effectively and you’ll need to use more of them with each shower to get the same results you would have had otherwise with softened water.

How can a water softener help?

As the name implies, water softeners remove the minerals that make water hard, rendering it soft. Water softeners are popular here in Fresno because of our exceptionally hard water. 

A water softener is a good long-term investment to protect your appliances, water heater, and home plumbing. Plus, it’ll make your skin and hair feel great!

Call Allbritten to learn about our whole-house water treatment systems

At Allbritten, we’re proud to install HALO whole-house water filtration and treatment systems here in Fresno. The HALO 5 system is considered one of the best on the market. It not only operates as a water softener, but also cleans and purifies your water with some of the best technology available.

If you’re interested in learning more about our HALO systems and how your home can drink clean, softened water, call Allbritten at (559) 292-4919 or contact our team online to schedule your free in-home estimate on a new system.

Here are three tips to reduce pipe stress and prevent leaks

 

Pipe stress can lead to plumbing leaks. If you don’t take steps to address the problem, you will have to face costly plumbing repairs. The more you wait to act, the greater will be the damage to the pipes.However, the right proactive steps can help you avoid plumbing disaster later on.

In this blog post, we’ll talk about what pipe stress is, and how Allbritten can help you avoid problems and leaks.

What is pipe stress?

This isn’t your pipes being stressed about an upcoming exam or financial woes. Instead, pipe stress refers to pipes that are bearing too large of a load at too high of pressure. There are two primary drivers of pipe problems:

  • Water Pressure: The water pressure in your home’s plumbing is too high, which stresses the pipes, gaskets, and seals of your home’s plumbing.
  • Hard Water: As minerals from water leech out while passing through your plumbing, they collect inside pipes, forming hard calcification spots. Over time, this reduces the flow through the pipe, increasing the pressure and corroding joints.

The problems with pressure in pipes can be observed in your garden hose. Let’s say that you have the hose on at full capacity. If you were to then restrict most of the flow by pinching the end of the hose, the remaining water would shoot out of the end of the hose more forcefully.

That same phenomenon is happening your home’s plumbing every time you turn on the shower or sink faucet, or every time you start a load of laundry. Over time, that stress wears on pipes and fittings.

How you can address pipe stress in your home

Your home’s pipes don’t have to be doomed to a future of leaks and problems. The professional plumbers at Allbritten can help ensure that your pipes are looking good and have a reduced stress level. Here are the two steps we take to address pipe stress problems:

Step #1: Have Allbritten check the pressure on your pipes

Water pressure over 80 pounds-per-square-inch (psi) can lead to increased stress on your pipes, causing strain inside the pipe and damaging your fixtures.

High water pressure is particularly damaging to copper pipes. In order to avoid corrosion, copper pipes have oxide coating on the interior pipe walls. This coating gets damaged when the water pressure is too high.

Water pressure should ideally be between 40 and 80 psi. If the water pressure is higher than the maximum threshold, it can cause plumbing damage.

Call Allbritten to have us measure your home’s water pressure. If the water pressure in your home is too high, we’ll likely recommend a solution such as a pressure regulator, a device that reduces the pressure of the water entering your home.

Step #2: Have Allbritten install a water softener

People who use well water or municipal water should consider using a water softener. Especially when drawn from wells and aquifers, water is typically hard, not soft, in the Fresno area. This water can damage the pipes and restrict the flow of water. It can also cause corrosion in the joints. Also, the fittings that keep the pipe together can corrode due to hard water.

You should examine faucets and shower heads to find out whether there is any white colored stains and buildup. These are usually magnesium, or other minerals that are found in high quantity in hard water.

Another way to know about hard water is to have your water tested by the team at Allbritten. Above 140 parts per million (PPM) indicates hard water. You can easily resolve the hard water problem by calling us and having us install a water softener.

Call Allbritten for more ways to reduce pipe stress

Allbritten is Fresno’s trusted name in plumbing. Our team is known for fast, friendly service and our honest approach to doing business. To learn more about our water testing services, give us a call at (559) 292-4919 or contact us online.

Preventative plumbing: 5 ways to prevent major plumbing issues

How to prevent major plumbing issuesOut-of-sight, out-of-mind.

This old saying applies to your home’s plumbing. Most people tend to ignore the network of pipes inside the walls that delivers cold and hot water to showers, tubs, and sinks. They don’t think about the pipes that carry away waste and water.

However, giving your plumbing a little extra thought can help you prevent major plumbing issues. In this article, we’ll share 5 preventive plumbing tips that will help you avoid plumbing disaster.

Need help with your home’s plumbing, or have a plumbing issue? Contact our professional plumbers at Allbritten.

1. Address leaks immediately by calling Allbritten

A simple constant drip from the faucet can result in significantly increased water bills.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that leaky faucets results in the waste of more than three thousand gallons every year. A single leaky faucet can add about $15 to the bill. Multiple leaks inside the house can increase the bills considerably.

In addition, the environmental cost of the wastage of precious water can be great. That’s why it’s important that you address leaky issues immediately by calling in the professional plumbers from Allbritten.

2. Replace rubber hoses with stainless steel braided hoses

Your washing machine’s rubber hoses are at risk of unexpected bursting. This can happen when no one is around the house, resulting in massive water leakage—about five gallons per minute.

To avoid this problem, it’s important that you replace the rubber hose of the washing machine with a stainless steel braided hose. This will help you prevent unexpected plumbing emergencies.

3. Don’t pour grease down your drains

Grease buildup inside your drains is a major problem. Over time, accumulated grease can clog your sink or, worse, your sewer, causing a sewer backup. For this reason, you should avoid pouring grease down the drain.

Instead, you should consider discarding grease in a plastic container or jar. This will not only prevent plumbing issues, but also help out the environment.

Have a clogged sink or think you have a sewer backup issue? Stop running water and contact the plumbers here at Allbritten right away.

4. Prevent clogs, when possible

Another one of the major plumbing issues you’ll face as a homeowner is clogged drains. This is usually caused by the hairs that accumulate inside the drains.

The best way to avoid this issue is to place a drain screen. This will prevent buildup of hair inside the drain. The finer the screen, the better it will be able to prevent hair from clogging the drain.

5. Call Allbritten with both your minor and major plumbing issues

Don’t procrastinate when you have minor plumbing issues, or you risk them turning into major plumbing issues. Instead, contact us at Allbritten. We have a team of highly experienced plumbers who can perform all kinds of repairs at an affordable cost.

Avoid DIY drain cleaning and call the professionals

Why you Should Avoid DIY Drain CleaningWhen it comes to drain cleaning, most people think that they can do the task themselves. After all, DIY drain cleaning doesn’t seem to hard. There’s all sorts of products out there to dump down the drain.

However, while drain cleaning may seem like a simple DIY task, the reality is that it can be dangerous and could cost you more money than if you had called an expert.

Here, we will look at three main reasons why you should leave the drain cleaning to the experts at Allbritten.

1. You could damage your home’s drain pipes

Trying to clean the drain yourself can result in damage to the drain pipes. This is particularly the case if you use a commercial cleaner to clean the drain.

These products contain acidic solutions such as sulfuric acid that can corrode the pipes. Regular use of the cleaner can cause great damage to the pipes that will require costly repairs.

2. Most cleaners aren’t effective in clearing deeply clogged drains

You might be able to resolve simple clogs close to the drain through DIY drain cleaning. But the DIY approach will not work with clogs that are deep within the drain. Using metal snakes improperly can result in damage to the pipes. For serious clogs, you should always call an expert rather than try to resolve the problem yourself.

Different drain issues require different plumbing equipment. Professional plumbers have a large variety of plumbing tools. They know which tool will help in effectively cleaning the drain. You can save a lot of hassles and money if you call an expert plumber to clean the drain.

3. In some cases, DIY drain cleaning is dangerous

An important reason that you should avoid DIY drain cleaning is that it can be dangerous. The harsh draining cleaning chemicals can cause skin irritations if there’s exposure. You can also cut yourself on broken metal or get your hand stuck in a pipe.

In contrast, our professional plumbers are trained in the safe usage of drain cleaning chemicals and tools. They know what precautions to take when cleaning the drain. They are trained to perform the job safely.

Skip the DIY drain cleaning and call Allbritten for drain cleaning services

Trying to clean the drain yourself may look tempting. However, it’s recommended that you hire an experienced plumber to clean your drains. You can get injured or damage the pipes if you try to clean the drain yourself.

In fact, you can end up paying more money even when trying to fix a simple drain problem. The next time the drain clogs, it’s better that you save yourself from the problems and risks of DIY drain cleaning and call a professional.

Contact Allbritten. We have a team of licensed and certified plumbers who can help you with all types of plumbing problems.

Here are some of our favorite things to do in Fresno

Since 1932, Allbritten has been Fresno’s locally owned and operated heating, cooling, and plumbing company. In that time, our family has been proud to be a part of Fresno, and everything this city represents. With that in mind, here’s our list of our favorite things to do in and around Fresno.

Whether you’re a local who is looking to get out more or a visitor to our valley (welcome!), this convenient list will help you fill out your to-do list for this summer.

If you need cooling, heating, or plumbing services, be sure to call the local company Fresno trusts: Allbritten.


Things to do in Fresno

If you’re looking for things to do in Fresno, you’re in the right place. Here are some of our favorite places, foods, events, and entertainment options in the city.

Gazebo Gardens Nursery

One of our favorite places to visit. This beer garden has great food trucks and live music, within a beautiful setting. This is the perfect place to spend a weekend evening.

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A stacked cone at Ampersand Ice Cream (Photo courtesy of Ampersand Ice Cream)

Ampersand Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love ice cream? This place is a local favorite. With wacky flavors like Honeycomb and Whisky Caramel, indulge your sweet tooth at Ampersand.

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Old Town Clovis Farmers Market

There’s nothing quite like spending a Friday night at the farmers market, complete with live music and great food. See the link below for a schedule and more information.

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Vineyard Farmers Market

Just a great place to get fresh produce grown locally. Fantastic place to visit on a Saturday morning and check out the local cuisine. See links below for more information.

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Madera Drive-In movie theatre

There’s just something wildly nostalgic about a drive-in movie theatre, and this is one of the best. See the link below for updated showtimes.

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Whitewater rafting on the Kings River (Photo courtesy of Kings River Expeditions)

Kings River Expeditions whitewater rafting

The wild Kings River flows to the southeast of Fresno, and many companies offer whitewater rafting through turbulent and fun stretches.

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Fresno Grizzlies baseball games

Who doesn’t love baseball in the summer? Come out and enjoy America’s Pastime with Fresno’s beloved minor league club. Click the link below for ticketing information.

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Art Hop

This art walk in downtown Fresno is held monthly on the first and third Thursday night of each month. Take the entire family out to enjoy local art and cuisine in a historic setting.

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Storyland / Playland (Photo courtesy of Storyland / Playland)

Chaffee Zoo Storyland / Playland

This local amusement park adjacent to the zoo offers plenty of family fun for kids of all ages. See hours and event information at the link below.

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Our local lakes

Are you the type who loves to get out on the water, whether it’s to fish or to ride around on the water skis? Fresno is home to five incredible lakes, each with something different to offer. If you’re looking for things to do in Fresno and the surrounding areas, be sure to check them out!

Shaver Lake

Located in the Sierra National Forest and one hour from downtown Fresno, Shaver Lake is home to great fishing, boating, and the adjacent town of Shaver Lake.

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Huntington Lake (Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service)

Huntington Lake

Located high in the Sierra Nevadas, this lake sits at about 7,000 feet and is about one hour and forty minutes from Fresno.

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Millerton Lake

Less than 30 minutes north of the city lies Millerton Lake, one of the largest lakes in the Fresno area and home to great fishing and hiking.

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Bass Lake

Drive one hour north and you’ll reach Bass Lake. This is one of the more stunning lakes within a quick drive of Fresno.

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Pine Flat Lake (Photo courtesy recreation.gov)

Pine Flat Lake

About 45 minutes east of Fresno is Pine Flat Lake, where you can fish, boat, water ski, and more. It’s a great place to relax.

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Our favorite hiking spots

Do you love getting outside and exploring nature? We do, too! Here are some of our favorite places to hike, camp, and explore in the Fresno area. If you’re looking for outdoor things to do in Fresno, be sure to check out these places.

Sierra National Forest

In the Sierra National Forest, there’s hiking, camping, fishing, and more. It’s all located to the northeast of Fresno. If you’re looking for things to do in Fresno, don’t forget a trip to the local national forests!

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Things To Do In Fresno - Sequoia National Forest

Sequoia National Forest (Photo courtesy Encyclopedia Britannica)

Sequoia National Forest

Famous for the Giant Sequoia trees that tower overhead, the Sequoia National Forest is one hour and thirty minutes to the southwest of Fresno.

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Kings Canyon National Park

One of the most stunning natural places in a state that is full of them. Sequoia trees, wild rivers, and lakes are popular sights.

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Local Water Parks

Summers in Fresno can get toasty. It’s one of the reasons that Allbritten offers air conditioning services, including repair and installation, in the Fresno area. If you’re looking to cool off, visit one of our local water parks.

Wild Water Adventure water park

The 52-acre water park has fun for the entire family, and it’s located in nearby Clovis. Check out hours and gate ticket information at the link below.

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Island Waterpark

Water rides, slides, pools, and plenty of areas for kids to play and the whole family to keep cool. See the link for hours and gate ticket information.

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Todd Beamer Park

Water features for kids to play in and places for families to relax or have a great picnic. Escape the heat by visiting one of the best parks in the area.

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Fig Garden Loop Park

Whether you want to play some baseball, play in a splash pad with the kids, or host a summer barbeque, this is a great park to visit.

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Do you think we missed a place?

What is your favorite place or thing to do in the Fresno area? Let us know by sending us a message on Facebook. We’d love to hear from you!

Here are five ways to conserve water and make your home more water-efficient

Conserve Water In Your HomeWater is a precious resource that should be conserved in every way possible. However, while knowing the reality of its scarcity, we usually take water for granted and mindlessly waste water in different ways. What we should be doing is thinking about ways in which we can conserve or consume less water than normal.

By taking steps to reduce the water usage, you will be playing your part in making the Earth more habitable for others. What’s more, it will help in reducing the water bills, which will be a welcome change indeed. Here are five ways in which you can conserve water and save money as well.

1. Install fake grass instead of real grass

Every year, billion of gallons of water are wasted on natural lawns in the United States. In a state like California, this helps contribute to drought problems. Replacing the natural grass with a synthetic one will not just conserve water, but save effort and cost involved in maintaining a natural lawn.

2. Have Allbritten install a tankless water heater

Another great tip to conserve water is by having Allbritten’s plumbers install a tankless water heater in your home. The best thing about tankless water heaters is that they provide endless hot water, but they also use less energy. Learn more about some of the benefits of a tankless water heater.

3. Conserve water with water-efficient plumbing fixtures

Today, you can buy different types of efficient plumbing fixtures that can help conserve water. You can find different types of high-efficiency model toilets through online retailers such as Amazon.

Dual-flush and WaterSense toilets, for instance, can help reduce about 60 percent water usage as compared to traditional ones. This represents about 4,000 gallons of water for every person every year.

Apart from toilets, you can buy water-efficient taps, showerheads, dishwashers, washing machines, and many other fixtures that can help conserve precious water sources.

4. Fix plumbing leaks

Most people tend to ignore faucet and toilet leaks thinking that it won’t affect water consumption. However, the small leaks turn out to be a large wastage of water resources. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, average household leaks result in more than 10,000 gallons lost every year nationwide

Around 90 gallons or more are wasted every day due to the leaks. If you want to reduce water wastage, and reduce your water bill, it’s important that you immediately fix all the plumbing leaks. Allbritten is your source for plumbing repair in Fresno.

5. Turn off the taps when using the water

A simple way to conserve a lot of water is by turning off the tap when not using the water when brushing or washing the dishes. In this way, you could save about six liters of water every minute.

This will translate into huge savings if everyone inside the house uses discretion in using the water during brushing or dining the dishes.

Your source for plumbing repair in Fresno

If you reside in Fresno, you can contact the professional plumbers at Allbritten to install water-efficient plumbing fixtures and other appliances. We have been serving the Valley for more than 80 years.

Reasons to consider a tankless water heater

As people aim to make their homes more-and-more energy efficient, tankless water heaters are becoming increasingly popular in U.S. homes. In contrast to standard, tanked water heaters, tankless—or “Demand-Type Water Heaters”—use far less energy, heat water as it’s needed, last longer, and don’t carry the risk of a burst tank and a flooded home. A tankless water heater might be the right fit for your home.

In our latest blog post, we’ll break down the benefits of tankless water heaters so that you can decide if one is right for your home. Here are some reasons to consider a tankless water heater:

A tankless water heater can deliver virtually unlimited hot water.

A tankless water heater can deliver virtually unlimited hot water.

1. They’re energy efficient

In most homes, the hot water heater can account for up to 30% or more of your energy use. That’s a significant contribution to your monthly energy bills, and if you have multiple family members under one roof, that percentage could be even higher. All those morning showers add up—and that’s not to mention laundry, dishes, the dishwasher, and washing your hands in the sink. An electric water heater will push your energy bills much higher, and that’s one of the main appeals of a tankless water heater: energy efficiency.

Since tankless water heaters heat water as it’s needed, they don’t waste energy keeping water at a certain temperature until you’re ready to use it. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that most households see a 24-34% boost in energy efficiency with a tankless system. That can add up to more than $100 per year for most households. Over the more than 20 years the water heater is in operation (we’ll get to that in a minute), those savings can add up to offset the higher cost of buying a tankless water heater instead of a standard one. But, tankless systems have other advantages.

2. You’ll no longer have to worry about running out of hot water

Since tankless systems heat the water as it flows through the system, they can supply a virtually unlimited supply of hot water to your home. If you have a family with multiple members who need to take a shower in the morning before work or school, a tankless water heater means that you won’t run out of heated water for these consecutive showers. You can even start a load of laundry or the dishwasher in the morning after everyone has showered. While no one wants to waste water, it’s nice to have hot water available when you need it.

This is in contrast to a standard water heater, which holds a certain amount of hot water in its tank. Once that hot water has been used up, you’ll have to wait for the supply to replenish itself.

3. Longer system lifespan

Most tankless water heaters last about 20 years, although many last longer than that thanks to designs that allow for a professional plumbing team to easily replace worn parts and components. In contrast, most standard water heaters last, on average, between 10-12 years. The strain on tank-based systems is far greater, and constantly holding a supply of hot water can cause corrosion, rust, and cracking. Tankless systems don’t have this problem, and they usually last far longer.

In this way, tankless water heaters justify their higher cost in most cases: the increased energy efficiency, paired with only needing to purchase one system in the time you might have bought two standard water heaters, adds up to huge savings.

4. No risk of a tank bursting

This is a major benefit of purchasing a tankless water heater. A tank burst is every homeowner’s nightmare: a water heater failure and break in the tank could cause your home to flood with rusty water, or—even worse—cause a fire to break out. The risk of a water heater tank burst increases with the age of the tank. If you have questions about the state of your standard water heater, consider giving the Allbritten plumbing team a call.

Tankless water heaters do not carry this risk. There’s no tank to burst, and most of the systems come with an automatic water shutoff that will stop the flow of water to a system that has a leak. If your older, standard water heater bursting is something you’ve worried about, consider the peace of mind that a tankless water heater can bring.

5. Allbritten can professionally install your tankless water heater

If it’s time to replace your old, standard water heater, consider a new tankless system from Allbritten. Our professional team of plumbers will expertly install this new advanced system in your home, and we back our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. To learn more about our selection of tankless systems and get a quote, contact our team online or give us a call at (559) 292-4919.

Signs that you need plumbing repair—fast

There’s plumbing work that you can choose when and how to do, such as installing a new sink as part of a kitchen remodel or having new faucets placed. Then, there’s the plumbing repair work that you need to have done, as soon as possible. In this post, we’ll review some emergency plumbing issues that require immediate attention from the certified and experienced plumbers at Allbritten.

plumbing repairLeaking faucet or fixture

A faucet or pipe that is continually leaking is not only a major nuisance, but it’s actually wasting an incredible amount of water over time. Here in California, every drop of water counts, and addressing leaking faucets—whether that leak is a steady drip or a major torrent of water—should be a top priority. Give the team at Allbritten a call. Our plumbers are experts at solving leak issues and making sure all pipes are tight and not leaking water.

Water heater leaks and malfunctions

If your water heater has stopped working, you and your family are without hot water, impacting your ability to do dishes, laundry, and take showers. Alternatively, a leaking water heater may be an even larger problem, and may indicate that the water heater needs to be replaced before a major breakdown causes it to flood your home. Whether your water heater needs a checkup or needs to be entirely replaced, Allbritten is your source for professional advice and service.

Water line leaks

When pipes in your home are leaking, don’t just leave it out-of-sight, out-of-mind. Leaking pipes can not only be a major waste of water, but they could lead to the growth of mold and mildew in hard-to-reach places. Instead, give Allbritten a call, so that we can address the issue right away.

Single clogged drain

A single clogged drain may not seem like that big of a deal. But, if that drain is the one in your home’s only shower, it could be a major inconvenience for you. Alternatively, clogs in the kitchen sink also impact your ability to cook and clean at home. The Allbritten team comes equipped with special equipment for cleaning drains, including electric snake tools and other professional gear. When you have a clogged drain in the kitchen, the obstruction may be grease buildup deep in the pipe. Before you subject your pipes to an assortment of dangerous chemicals you picked up at the grocery store, let the Allbritten team attempt to remove the obstruction without the use of acids that could harm pipes.

Multiple clogged drains

In contrast, if all the drains in your home are clogging at once, it may be a sign of a very serious problem: a sewer backup. A sewer backup occurs when a major blockage prevents all water and waste from leaving your home and entering the sewer. This is a major problem and—if this is happening—you should immediately stop using all water in your house and call Allbritten for emergency service. A sewer backup can eventually lead to raw sewage coming back up through the pipes of your home and spilling out drains in reverse. This could lead to a messy flooding of your home that may cause permanent, expensive damage.

Need plumbing repair?

If you have a plumbing repair issue, don’t trust just any company. Trust Allbritten. Our team puts customers first, and we back our work with a number of guarantees—not to mention the fact that we’re licensed, bonded, and insured. Give us a call at (559) 292-4919 to schedule plumbing repair today!

When you need emergency service

Allbritten offers emergency service for heating, cooling, and plumbing problems. But, what exactly does that mean? We’ll explore in this post.

What does “emergency service” mean?

emergency serviceIt can be a stressful experience when your air conditioner goes out during the summer, and—suddenly—your family is left without cooling. On the hottest days, this can be a serious problem that not only impacts your family’s comfort, but their health and safety. When that happens, you need emergency service from the professionals at Allbritten.

We also provide emergency service for heating systems and your home’s plumbing needs. Whether your faucets are leaking or your furnace is making strange, unnatural noises, give Allbritten a call. We’ll dispatch an expert to inspect the problem and apply a long-lasting fix.

Even on weekends and holidays?

Yes, even on holidays that fall on weekends. Allbritten offers emergency service every day of the year, so you’re never without heating, cooling, or secure plumbing.

Will I pay anything extra for emergency service?

Not through Allbritten. We charge the same rate no matter when you call us. Need us to come fix a broken pipe at your aunt’s house at 4 pm on a Sunday? You’ll pay the same as someone who called us at 11 am on a Monday. You can’t plan ahead to have a plumbing emergency. Why should you pay extra just because it falls within a certain period of time? Give us a call, and we’ll dispatch a technician or plumber as soon as possible.

Plus, we offer honest, upfront pricing. You’re going to know what we’ll charge before we get started so that you’re never caught by surprise by your final repair bill. Needing AC, heating, or plumbing repair shouldn’t be an opportunity for a company to entrap you. Instead, work with Allbritten.

How do I know that Allbritten’s repairs will last?

We offer a one-year parts and labor warranty on all the heating and cooling repairs we make. If we fix something in your air conditioner and you have that part fail again in the next two months, we’ll cover the cost of fixing it. That’s peace of mind.

Why go with Allbritten?

We’ve been serving Fresno and surrounding communities in California’s Central Valley for more than 80 years. That’s a tradition of excellence that we’re proud to keep going today through our excellent service and commitment to customers. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our services, which means we’re going to get the job done right the first time—or we’ll work to make it up to you.

At Allbritten, our motto is that happy employees make happy customers. That’s why we hire the best possible service members and give them the support and equipment they need to make a positive difference. You’ll find that our technicians and plumbers are courteous, professional, and—best of all—trained to get the job done right.

If you’re ready to experience the difference that working with a trusted group of professionals makes, give Allbritten a call to schedule your emergency service.