Why Your Restaurant Needs Hydro Jetting

Here’s a fact of life: drains get clogged. Grease, food particles, soap… Everything that can get stuck in a drain will. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to clean out your drains. Call Forrest Anderson for hydro jetting! They will make your drains squeaky-clean!

The Basics of Hydro Jetting

If you look at the name, it’s pretty simple to discern what hydro jetting is. Hydro refers to water, and jetting is water going very fast! Put them together and you have cleaning powerhouse of a fast, directed blast of water.

A plumber uses a high-pressure hose attached to a special nozzle on one end and a pressurizing machine on the other end. That machine makes the water exceptionally effective in scrubbing out the line. It pushes through grease, food, soap, and even tree roots that have come through the line.

Hydro jetting is used in drain lines that are severely clogged. That typically means kitchens and grease lines in a restaurant. With that much grease pushing through drains on a daily basis, a powerful solution is needed—one that’s a lot more powerful than even the heavy-duty version of the supermarket drain cleaner!

Why Hydro Jetting Is Great for Restaurants

Most restaurants put all kinds of things down the drain, from broth to food to grease. And all of that material clogs up the pipes, making them impossible to get through.

In the case of grease-laden pipes, not much works. Liquid drain cleaners are useless; you might as well pour your money down the drain. Even augers, the well-known “snakes” of the plumbing world, will be of little use as there’s nothing for them to grab onto.

Instead, they just poke a hole in the grease, which may allow liquids to run a bit better, but it won’t rectify the problem.

Hydro jetting is the only appropriate solution. The high-pressure water effectively scrubs the drain line to blast out the grease and clean the inside of the pipes. You end up with clean-running lines and more effective drainage!

How Often to Hydro Jet

In a restaurant setting, hydro jetting twice a year is usually sufficient. .

The tools needed for hydro jetting definitely need to be left to the professionals, given the force of the water and the scope of the job.

If you are a restaurant owner or manager and you’re experiencing slow-running drains, it may be time to consider hydro jetting! Since the process includes no chemicals, it’s safe around kitchens.

Contact Forrest Anderson to schedule your hydro jetting now. We’ll get those drains running clear in no time!

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Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

Your water heater is one of the most reliable and longest-lasting appliances you have in your home.

Even then, it certainly won’t last forever! So when is the right time to replace your water heater?

As with any other appliance in your home, regular maintenance will help it to work more efficiently and have a longer lifespan.

If you do take good care of your water heater, you can expect it to last 8–10 years.

If you find that your water heater is not heating properly, then a repair may be a better solution than purchasing a new unit. However, there will come a time when you will need to buy a new water heater.

Time to Repair

Drips and Leaks

Your water heater may experience leaks in two places: the pressure-relief valve or the pipes. If it’s the former, then replace the valve. If the pipes are leaking, then first tighten the connections. If that doesn’t eradicate the problem, then replace the fittings. However, remember to turn off the water first!

Water Temperature Is Too Low

A common complaint about water heaters is that the water isn’t heating to the temperature you’d prefer. In this case, you’ll want to troubleshoot some common problems to see if the issue can be remedied.

Whether you have a gas or electric water heater, ensure that the unit is receiving power. Is the breaker tripped? Is the pilot light on? Then flush the water to remove any sediment and then insulate the pipes.

You may need to replace the thermostat, or the gas valve on a gas water heater. Then increase the temperature on the thermostat to see if that solves the problem.

Time to Replace

Age of Unit

If your water heater is older than a decade, it may be simpler to buy new than to repair your existing unit. If you moved into your home less than 10 years ago, then you likely don’t know the age of your water heater. Most of the time you can find the age by looking at the serial number.

The serial number will have a letter followed by about 10 numbers. The letter stands for the month. You’ll have to do some math and count where that letter lands in the alphabet.

For example, H is the eighth number in the alphabet, so that means it represents the eighth month: August. The next two numbers represent the year, so 13 would be 2013.

If you’re unsure of how to check for the year, give Forrest Anderson a call! Tell them the make, model, and serial number of your unit and they will help you date your water heater.

Rusty Water

When you turn on the water, is it coming out of the faucets in a yucky reddish-brown color? If water is this rusty color regardless of the temperature, then you may have a rusty pipe issue.

However, if you are only seeing discolored hot water, while the cold water is running clear, it’s more than likely an issue with the water heater.

Rusty hot water is a sign that the water heater is degrading. This isn’t an issue that can be fixed, so you’ll need to replace the unit at this point.

Rattling and Noises

In some cases, draining and flushing the water heater can eliminate the noises. Sediment may have collected in the bottom of the tank, leading to rattling and hissing.

Especially if you live in an area with hard water, your tank may have collected scale. So remove the components and clean them (white vinegar works well) and replace.

If you cannot get rid of the sediment or the scale is too encrusted, then it’s time to buy a new water heater. With too much sediment or scale, the water heater’s efficiency will drastically decrease.

It will take more energy to heat the water driving your utility expenses higher. Over time, this will lead to increased damage.

Trust Your Gut

You will find that some unscrupulous plumbing companies will encourage you to replace, even if the heater is in perfectly fine condition. Know the facts about your water heater and what common problems are.

This will help you to determine whether or not the company is just trying to make more money off you.

You can trust the professionals at Forrest Anderson; we always tell you the truth!

If your water heater can be repaired, we will do that. If it’s better to replace, then we’ll tell you that too! Call us to schedule your inspection and know that you’ll hear the real deal.

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Do You Need a Water Heater Recirculation Pump?

If you want to live in comfort, then there’s no question that you need a water heater in your home! You’ve learned how to care for one and when you need to replace yours. Now, do you need to add a recirculation pump?

What Is a Recirculation Pump?

A hot water recirculation pump is an inexpensive addition to your water heater. The recirculating system ensures consistent hot water by pumping the hot water through the pipes and back to the heater. This is done either through a dedicated line or through the cold water line.

Manufacturers suggest that 10,000+ gallons of water per year can be saved when a recirculating system is installed. That’s because the hot water is always ready, and you’re not wasting gallons of water as you wait 5–10 minutes for your shower or sink to heat up.

There are various types of systems that can be installed in your house. Call Forrest Anderson to go over your best options.

Why a Recirculation Pump Is a Smart Idea

Most homes only have one water heater, which could be located far across the house away from the master bathroom. That means it’s going to take a little bit of time for that water to get hot and travel through the pipes to your morning shower.

A recirculation pump can make the hot water for your shower travel faster as it is already in your pipe system when you need. While adding a recirculating system means an additional energy output for the electricity to run the pump, when partnered with a timer set for a specific time, that expense is minimal.

Evaluate Your Options

Certainly, a water heater recirculation pump isn’t the best choice for everyone. If you are tired of waiting for the water to heat up before washing dishes, hopping in the shower, or washing your face, then it could be something to consider.

The team at Forrest Anderson can suggest which system is best for you and if you should choose one that is installed at the water heater or under your sink. We can also install the system for you and pair it with a timer!

Contact us to learn more and to get all of your water recirculation system questions answered.

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Caring for Your Hot Water Heater

You probably don’t think much about your hot water heater. That is, of course, until you’re left taking a cold shower and having to boil water to wash dishes. Fortunately, with simple routine maintenance, you can help your hot water heater live into its 8-year life expectancy!

Set the Temperature

The ideal temperature for a hot water heater is 120ºF. At this temperature, you’ll help to avoid scalding. Plus, if the heater had been set higher, you’ll enjoy a 5% energy savings for every 10º lower you move the thermostat!

Once a year, quickly discharge the temperature pressure-relief valve to test it. Following that, look for small leaks from the valve. This is a safety device, and should be checked if you are having problems.

Keep It Clear

Typically, your hot water heater lives hidden in a closet or in the corner of the garage. There it’s largely forgotten as it hides behind boxes of holiday decorations and old high-school yearbooks.

Don’t hide it too much! It’s suggested that you maintain a clearance of two feet around the heater, unless the manufacturer specifically states otherwise.

Examine the Sacrificial Anode Rod

It’s a funny name, but it actually makes a bit of sense given that the sacrificial anode rod takes on a job to save the hot water heater.

Every three years have the sacrificial anode rod checked by a professional as it is hard to remove and reinstall yourself. You’ll know it’s time to replace the anode rod when more than 6 inches of the core steel wire is exposed, the rod is less than ½ inch thick, or the rod is coated with calcium.

A sacrificial anode rod’s role is important as it draws electric currents that occur as the water is heated. Protecting your water heater and helping it live longer. Seems like a good sacrifice to make!

Conserve Energy

When you go on vacation, be sure to let your hot water heater take a break as well! Just switch the thermostat to “vacation” mode, which keeps the pilot light on but doesn’t heat the water. If you have an electric water heater, then you can simply turn the breaker off.

Make yourself a reminder to turn it back on when you return or you’ll be in for a cold awakening!

Call the Professionals

With something as important as the health, comfort and safety of your family at stake, call for backup! The experts at Forrest Anderson know all about what is needed to keep your hot water heater working for years to come!

If you want to check for how old your water heater is, give Forrest Anderson a call! Tell them the make, model, and serial number of your unit and they will be able to date it for you.

Proper maintenance leads to a longer life, saving you more money in the long run. Wouldn’t you like to not have to worry about your hot water heater?

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Why Arizonans Need a Water Softener

The Valley’s hard water is notorious. You may have noticed a cloudy white residue on your glasses, pots, and pans.

Your bathtub, shower head, and sink might have an embarrassing white film. Your whites are not as white as they once were and your clothes fade over time.

You may have also felt the difference in how your hair and skin feel, as hard water leaves a scaly film on your scalp, clogs your pores, and leaves your hair dull and damaged. Many people find hard water causes their skin to feel dry, itchy, and irritated.

Though hard water is not dangerous, it can be embarrassing and unsightly! What you may not realize is how damaging hard water is on your appliances and the hidden expense.

Hard Water’s Hidden Expense

When hard water is heated in your hot water heater, dishwasher, and washing machine calcium builds and creates problems with your pipes. This residue leads to clogged pipes, reduced water flow, and increases the cost to heat your water.

If left untreated, these deposits eventually lead to higher electric bills and may eventually lead to the failure of expensive parts, like water pumps and heating elements. In some cases, you may have to replace your hot water heater, dishwasher, or washing machine.

Benefits of a Water Softener

Once you have a water softener installed in your home, you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Minimal hard water scale and corrosion
  • Longer lasting appliances
  • Cleaner dishes
  • Cleaner faucets
  • Softer clothes
  • Softer skin and hair
  • Significant savings on energy costs

Contact the Professionals at Forrest Anderson

If you’re tired of water-stained dishes, soap-scum-covered tubs, and dingy clothes, it’s probably time to add a water softener to your home. Rather than going to the hardware store, call the professionals at Forrest Anderson! We’ll provide suggestions based on your needs and then expertly install a new water softener.

Pair it with a reverse osmosis system for a complete overhaul of your water system that’s safer for you, your family, and your home!

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Water Softener Benefits

Water in Arizona is notoriously “hard”, which means it has a high mineral content. To deal with hard water, many homeowners and businesses get a water softener system.

But what makes soft water better than hard water?

The Downside of Hard Water

When water comes to the earth as rain, it’s soft. At that point, the only chemical in the water is sodium (like in salt). But as it goes through our hard Arizona earth, it picks up minerals, including calcium, magnesium, chalk, and lime.

While hard water is better for drinking because of the important minerals, most people don’t enjoy the taste and it can cause problems when used around the house.

Hard water is causes the spots on your glasses in the dishwasher, spots on your shower doors, film and soap scum on your tub, and even dingy-looking clothes from the washing machine.

Hard water is even the culprit when it comes to wearing out your appliances faster. That’s because when hard water is heated, it leaves behind scale (a mineral film), which coats the inside of pipes and appliances. It can even create sludge, which leads not only to weakened machines but also increased energy usage (raising your electrical costs each month)

The Benefits of Soft Water

Once you install a water softener and start to remove all of those extra minerals from your water supply, you can enjoy life with nice water. The only problem is some people find the taste of the drinking water to be a little salty.

Fortunately, a reverse osmosis system, or RO, filters out the salt from your soft water. This makes for a great one-two punch that results in water that works better for all of your needs and still tastes great!

Other than that, there are only good things when you switch to soft water.

Soft water leaves your hair shiny and clean, your shower free of soap scum, and your dishes sparkling. Soap lathers better in soft water, so you’ll need less laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, dish soap, and even hand soap.

Because no minerals are left behind, your appliances will work better and last longer. That means lower energy bills!

Reasons to Get a Water Softener

Are you a “list” kind of person? We like lists too. Just for you, we’ve compiled a list of reasons you should consider adding a water softener to your home or business:

  1. Shinier hair
  2. A cleaner body
  3. Sparkling dishes
  4. Cleaner clothes
  5. Less scrubbing of tubs, sinks, and toilets
  6. Lower cost of purchasing soap and detergents
  7. Longer lasting water appliances
  8. Increased efficiency of water appliances
  9. Better energy efficiency
  10. Lower energy bills

There’s no doubt about it: Water softeners are awesome.

If you have questions about the different types of water softeners and how they can benefit your family or business, contact the experts at Forrest Anderson!

We’re ready to get you going with your brand new water softening system.

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