Your local plumbing professionals are at Reimer. From frozen pipes to broken water heaters, trust our experts to keep your home comfortable and problem-free. We also offer services like drain cleaning and leak detection. For 24/7 emergency service here in Buffalo and Western New York, call us today!

Here are the five signs you need a new water heater in your home

There are certain telltale signs that indicate that it’s time to replace your water heater. You just have to know what to look for. In this blog, we’ll run through the five signs that you need a new water heater, and when you need to call in the professionals at Reimer.

5 signs you need a new water heater

For most of the time, your water heater just works, without incident. So, how do you know when it’s time for a new system? Let’s run through the 5 signs that you need a new heater—and when you need to call Reimer.

1. Your older water heater is getting up there in age

Most standard water heaters last about a decade before they need to be replaced. You may squeeze a few more years out of your system, but past the 10-year mark, you need to at least consider buying a replacement water heater.

If you’re unsure how old your water heater is, check the serial number. This is most likely on a sticker on top of the unit. If you can’t find a date, plug that serial number into the manufacturer’s website for more information.

2. It’s making strange noises

A water heater makes strange noises as it gets older. Over time, sediment builds up at the bottom of the tank. When the water is heated, the sediments harden. As a result, you can hear banging or rumbling noises from inside the heater.

This is a sign that you need to get a new hot water heater, as its nearing the end of its operational lifespan.

3. You’re getting rusty water out of the tap

Another sign that you need to replace your water heater is rusty water. Water, plus metal, will eventually equal corrosion, especially after the sacrificial anode rod is exhausted. After that point, the water will likely pick up the corrosion, leading to rust.

If this is happening early in the system’s life, you can have the team of plumbers here at Reimer add a new zinc anode rod to the water heater. However, late in the system’s life, it’s probably more cost-effective and easier to just replace the entire unit.

If you’ve noticed the signs that your water heater needs to be replaced, call Reimer to have a plumber assess your water heater today.

4. Your hot water doesn’t last as long as it used to

Insufficient hot water is yet another sign that you need to buy a water heater. Not only do water heaters get worse at heating water as they age, but they also lose capacity due to that sediment buildup we mentioned earlier.

Lack of hot water is a clear sign that your heater is failing and needs to be replaced. If hot water supply is an issue in your home, you may want to consider the benefits of a tankless water heater, which can provide your family with an endless supply of hot water.

5. There are water puddles around the unit

If you see water leaks around the water heater, there might be a leak in the tank that needs to be dealt with—immediately. Slight fractures develop over time as the metal tank expands and contracts with heat, over and over again. However, when it fractures, you’re at serious risk of a tank burst, and it’s time to call in the professionals at Reimer.

Call Reimer for new water heater here in Buffalo and Western New York

If you’re experiencing water heater trouble, Reimer is the company to call here in Buffalo and Western New York. Our experienced and licensed plumbers can resolve all kinds of plumbing issues. We also repair and install new water heater units. Contact us today!

Here are the signs that you should schedule a sewer line inspection

Let’s be honest: you probably don’t spend much time thinking about your home’s sewer line. You don’t want to spend much time thinking about it. As important as it is, the sewer line is, well, kind of gross. However, as a homeowner, you should know the warning signs of potential sewer line trouble so that you can act quickly in the event that something goes wrong. In this article, we’ll review these warning signs, how a sewer line inspection works, and why you should call our team at the first sign of problems.

What are common sewer line issues?

Here are three of the most common issues that Buffalo homeowners encounter with their sewer lines:

Putting down roots

We tend to think of trees and plants as passive, still things. While they do move slowly, trees and their roots do move—especially to seek out water and nutrients. The wastewater in your sewer line has both of these things in spades. When a leak occurs anywhere along the line that runs under your yard, it has the potential to attract thirsty roots to the line. Once the roots reach the line, they either expand into the crack and grow into the line, or wrap themselves around the line, cracking it further.

Your warning sign

A sewer line inspection can check to see if tree roots have broken into the sewer line.

If you have trees or plants in your front yard within ten feet of your sewer line, you may want to schedule a sewer line inspection to ensure that tree roots haven’t broken into the line.

First, if you have a tree, bush, or shrub within ten feet of the sewer line, your line is in the danger zone. You should call our team for a sewer line inspection to ensure that there isn’t already root incursion into the line. However, in instances where plants are farther away from the line, you need to be on the lookout for a line leak, which could attract roots to it over time. We’ll review the signs of this in the next section.

Leaky line

Whether caused by the aging material the sewer line is made of or the shifting of the ground due to moisture and frost, your sewer line undergoes stress underground. This stress can eventually lead to the line cracking or fracturing. Most modern sewer lines are made of strong PVC piping, which is good at handling age and stress but can crack. This allows sewage to escape from the contained system and leech into the surrounding ground.

Your warning sign

A leaky sewer line might be something you smell before you see. The potent waft of sewage in your front yard is enough to wake up any homeowner to the signs of a potential problem. In other cases, you may notice a perpetual damp spot in your otherwise dry yard. If this is directly over where the line runs underground, that’s a good sign that it has a crack or leak.

Clogs and blockages

Everything you put down your bathroom toilet or kitchen sink travels through the sewer line. However, some materials tend to adhere to the inside walls of the line, starting potential clogs. Grease, oils, and fats are especially bad in this regard: you should never put these down your sink. The same thing goes for coffee grounds, eggshells, or “flushable” wipes (which are only flushable in name, not in practice). As the trapped material collects, it starts to form a tough clog.

Your warning sign

Most clogs start by partially blocking the downward flow of wastewater. You’ll notice that all of your home’s sinks, toilets, showers, and tubs are slower to drain. Simultaneous drain clogging throughout the home is as sure a sign as any that there’s trouble deep in the sewer line.

When in doubt, schedule a sewer line inspection

So, you’ve noticed one of the warning signs above. What’s next? Well, you’ll want to call our team of experienced plumbers out for a sewer line inspection. Here’s how it works.

Our plumbers have a specialized snake tool (sometimes referred to as an “endoscope”) that has a tiny camera attached to the end. This flexible snake is fed down a drain and into the sewer line. As the plumber pushes the snake further into the drain, they and the homeowner watch the camera screen to see what the end of the tool sees.

  • If there’s a tree root in the line, this is something that will be spotted easily, as the snake tool will run straight into it.
  • If there’s a grease blockage in the line, the snake tool will also be able to spot it and determine what exactly the blockage is made of. This will help determine how to best clear the clog.
  • If there’s a leak in the line, the snake tool will help the plumber find the crack in the pipe.

In all cases, the plumber can pinpoint where the issue is. In the event that the line needs to be dug up and a section needs to be replaced (most common with a tree root incursion or a leak), this allows our plumber to disrupt your yard and the line as little as possible.

Call Reimer to schedule your inspection today

A professional sewer line inspection can be an effective tool for diagnosing suspected sewer line issues or performing preventative maintenance. In fact, we recommend that homebuyers schedule an inspection with us to check out the sewer line of a house they are interested in closing on, especially if there are old-growth trees near the line.

To schedule sewer line services here in Buffalo and Western New York, contact us today.

What are the signs your water heater needs to be replaced?

Most homeowners don’t give their water heater that much thought—until something goes wrong. However, most water heaters exhibit warning signs of needing to be replaced long before a major leak or tank burst occurs. In this article, we’ll review several of the signs your water heater needs to be replaced, from old age to visible tank damage.

Your water heater is more than a decade old

Most standard water heaters need to be replaced after 10-12 years of serving your home. With some preventative maintenance—such as flushing the water heater annually and replacing the anode rod midway through the lifespan of the system—your water heater may live longer than that. But, generally speaking, after a decade, you should at least be prepared for the potential of replacing your water heater.

But, what should you be on the lookout for when it comes to your water heater? Here are just a few signs that it might need to be replaced—and soon.

Your home isn’t getting enough hot water

As water heaters age, mineral scaling typically builds up at the bottom of the tank, covering the heating element. For homeowners who do not annually flush their system, this problem often occurs earlier than for homeowners who care for the water heater tank. This results in the water not being heated as efficiently or as effectively as it once was. The end result is a water heater that costs more to operate but provides your home with less hot water than ever before.

The first sign of this occurring, typically, is your home starting to run out of hot water on busy mornings when everyone is showering and getting ready for the day. If you have an older water heater when this starts to happen, it’s a good sign you need to call the plumbers at Reimer out to take a look at your system.

Your water heater is no longer working efficiently

Another sign that your water heater is nearing the end of its life are higher-than-usual energy bills. Whether you have a gas or electric water heater, keep an eye on how much you’re spending on energy every single month. As water heaters experience scale buildup, they also typically become less efficient.

You notice cracks or leaks in the tank

The sacrificial anode rod in your home’s water heater is designed to attract corrosion away from the tank walls, protecting them from rust and scale damage. However, after the anode rod has been spent, that corrosion will go after the tank itself. Your water heater is pressurized, so the first sign that something is wrong will typically manifest in the form of small cracks in the exterior shell. These form as the water heater tank expands slightly due to the pressure. Significant enough cracks will also allow some degree of water to escape, which will appear as water on the ground or in the drainage basin of the water heater.

A water heater that is beginning to show signs of stress damage is potentially a disaster waiting to happen. Eventually, if the tank walls weaken enough, they’ll give way, leading to a tank burst as water is allowed to escape from inside the tank. A water heater tank burst is a common cause of flooded garages and homes here in Buffalo and Western New York, which is why it’s important to:

  • Regularly test the pressure-relief valve of your water heater to ensure it’s functioning and preventing excessive water pressure from building inside the tank.
  • Replace a water heater as soon as it shows signs of stress damage or cracks.

Call Reimer for your water heater service and replacement needs here in Buffalo and Western New York

If you’ve observed any of the signs listed above with your older water heater, you need to contact us and have one of our plumbers out to inspect your tank. We’re your local water heater repair, maintenance, and replacement specialists, and our plumbers can give you an honest recommendation on whether or not it’s time to replace your water heater tank, or if the system just needs to be repaired.

The importance of an annual water heater flush and maintenance

In a recent blog post, we discussed just how important working plumbing is to your home. Arguably the most critical aspect of your plumbing is your water heater. From your morning showers to doing the dishes after dinner, you and your family rely on the water heater working properly and efficiently. At Reimer, we recommend that homeowners here in Buffalo and Western New York keep up with their water heater maintenance. In this article, we’ll review the benefits of an annual water heater flush and pressure-relief valve test, as well as the replacement of the anode rod midway through the life of the system.

For plumbing and water heater services from an experienced and locally trusted team of plumbers, call Reimer.

What are the benefits of water heater maintenance?

With the right annual maintenance and upkeep, you can extend the life of your water heater by several years, while also making it operate more efficiently. Two of the annual water heater maintenance tasks discussed in this article—a water heater flush and pressure-relief valve test—can be easily performed by homeowners in about 15 minutes. An anode rod replacement is something you should put on the calendar to be taken care of midway through the life of your water heater.

Schedule an annual water heater flush and maintenance with our team at Reimer.

Have one of the plumbers at Reimer inspect your water heater regularly to ensure that it continues to operate efficiently and effectively.

What is a water heater flush?

Over time, sediment and corrosion can begin to collect inside of the water heater tank, typically at the bottom. This material is brought in from the tap, but is not typically discharged when hot water is sent to the faucets and shower heads in your home. So, it remains. When enough of it has collected, it can start to negatively impact the water heater’s efficiency and performance, essentially forming an insulating layer between the heating element and the water in the tank.

To clear this sediment, you’ll need to flush your water heater at least once per-year. During this process, the tank will be drained through a hose into a bucket, removing the existing sediment and corrosion. The tank then refills with fresh, clear water.

If you’d like Reimer to help you with this, give us a call. Our plumbers are ready to help with all your water heater maintenance needs.

Test your pressure-relief valve

Your water heater’s pressure-relief valve is an important safety mechanism that prevents excess pressure from building up inside of the water heater tank. All standard water heaters are pressurized: heating the water causes pressure to build up. When operating normally, the water heater tank holds a pressure of about 100 PSI. Additional pressure is often dissipated through the pipes in your home, rebalancing things. However, if the water heater is unable to discharge excess pressure in that way, that’s where the pressure-relief valve comes into play.

When additional pressure is detected, the valve opens, releasing hot water and air onto the ground. If you notice a limited pool of water around your water heater, it might be a sign that the pressure-relief valve has recently discharged.

However, there are several things that can potentially go wrong with this valve:

  • Corrosion buildup can cause the valve to become stuck, so that it cannot open to discharge extra pressure.
  • The valve can become stuck immediately after discharge.
  • The valve can break, not allowing it to release pressure.

If any of these three things happen, your water heater’s pressure could build to unsafe levels. Enough pressure, and the tank structure will eventually give in, causing an event plumbers commonly refer to as a “tank burst.” This is why we recommend homeowners test, or have the plumbers at Reimer test, their pressure-relief valve at least once per-year.

Have one of our plumbers check the anode rod

In a standard water heater, the anode rod is the key to system longevity. The combination of metal, heat, and water is what brings your home hot showers, but it’s also the perfect recipe for corrosion and rust. The anode rod, which drops down into the tank through the top of the water heater, serves as a form of bait for that corrosion, attracting it away from the tank walls.

Eventually, however, the corrosion effectively “eats” through the anode rod, reducing it to nothing. Once this has occurred, there is nothing to attract corrosion away from the tank walls, which could lead to the failure of the water heater down the road.

To extend the life of your water heater, we recommend that you have the plumbers here at Reimer replace the anode rod midway through the life of the system—about 5-6 years in.

Call Reimer for all your water heater repair, maintenance, and replacement needs

The team at Reimer is ready to assist you with all your water heater needs here in Buffalo and Western New York. To schedule service with our team, give us a call today.

The causes of a low toilet water level and how it can be adjusted

The average person flushes their toilet 5 times a day. With a larger family or frequent guests, that number can increase significantly. One toilet flush uses approximately 3.5 gallons of water with every flush. The most-efficient low-flush toilets bring that number down to 1.5 gallons per flush. Still, that’s a lot of water moving through your pipes daily!

However, there’s a trade-off to saving water: you may find that your toilet water level seems a little low. This isn’t a major cause for alarm, but it is something you should know about and know how to take care of. Even the best DIY handyman should leave plumbing issues to the professionals. Before you pick up a wrench or plunger, pick up the phone and call the team at Reimer!

A low toilet water level can often be adjusted with just a screwdriver. However, if you encounter complications, call a Reimer plumber!

A low toilet water level can often be adjusted with just a screwdriver. However, if you encounter complications, call a Reimer plumber!

Many toilets allow for the water level to be adjusted. This all takes place in the tank of your toilet.. Raising or lowering the toilet’s float height will change the water level in your toilet. If your toilet water level is too low, you could face issues with flushing. However, some homeowners prefer a lower water level because it conserves water and saves them money.

To figure out the best water level for your home and how to adjust it, call Reimer or visit our website for more information. Our experienced plumbers can come out and inspect your toilet, raise or lower its water level, and give you tips and tricks for conserving water, avoiding leaks or clogs, and more!

Why your toilet water is low

The most common reason your water level is low is because your fill tube is damaged or broken in some way. This small, flexible plastic hose is the main control of your water level. When it’s damaged, the water shuts off before the tank is properly filled. Additionally, something could be off with the toilet’s float arms or float height.

In a worst-case scenario, the problem may lie within your sewer line or with the toilet bowl itself. Your sewer line vent could be clogged, which requires a professional inspection. Or, the toilet bowl may be cracked, causing water to leak onto the bathroom floor. There are multiple reasons your toilet water level could be low, and before you play detective and try to solve the case yourself, call the reliable plumbers at Reimer to handle the job safely and efficiently.

Other plumbing issues you may encounter

Aside from low water level in your toilet, you may run into these other common plumbing issues. Here are just a couple common complaints and how you can find the solution:

My toilet is constantly running

Are you hearing a running toilet, day and night? You’ll be able to hear the water moving in the tank, and it will sound like the toilet bowl is never fully full or finished flushing. There are many reasons why your toilet won’t stop running, including a crack or damage to the toilet flapper, a fill valve issue, a water level that’s too high, or a faulty fill tube. With so many possibilities, have a professional plumber out to quickly inspect the toilet and find a solution.

My toilet isn’t flushing

Another common bathroom issue is a toilet that just won’t flush. You may have a simple clog that needs to be removed, but the problem could be bigger. Your toilet’s water level could be too low, the flapper could be bent or warped, or the lift chain has become disconnected . Since there are a variety of causes of a toilet that no longer flushes, the best way to find an answer is to call someone who handles these issues on a daily basis. Don’t play hide-and-seek with your toilet issues—call in a professional!

Why regular plumbing maintenance matters

Annual plumbing maintenance is always recommended, with more frequent checkups during extreme heat or cold weather. The last thing you want to encounter is frozen pipes or a bathroom flood in the middle of the night. The more often you check-in on your plumbing systems, the smoother these systems will run.

Call Reimer for all your plumbing needs

The team at Reimer Heating, Air Conditioning, & Plumbing can handle all your home needs with a friendly attitude and affordable prices. Don’t sit and struggle alone any longer! We’re the “Wizards of Comfort,” serving Western New York since 1921. Visit our website or call our team today to get started today!

Why plumbing is the most important part of your home

As a homeowner, you have a lot on your checklist to take care of. From mowing the lawn and pulling weeds to replacing dead light bulbs, the list of tasks may seem endless. When the to-do list keeps growing month-after-month, it’s easy to forget about the other projects, appliances, and systems in your home. Many important items take a backseat to the everyday tasks. At Reimer, we’d like to remind you to remember plumbing maintenance and make sure that needed upkeep and repairs are at the top of that list.

Your home’s plumbing plays an integral part in your daily routine, with or without you knowing it. From the minute you wake up to the minute you go to sleep, you’re probably using your plumbing in some form or fashion. Take a look at this Saturday schedule and see if you can relate to a typical day in the life of a homeowner:

Saturday Time Schedule for a HomeownerAction
8:00 a.m. Shower, brush teeth, make coffee/breakfast
10:00 a.m.Mow lawn, turn on sprinklers and water plants
12:00 p.m.Make lunch and clean dishes
3:00 p.m.Sweep/mop floors, misc. Saturday chores
5:00 p.m.Start cooking dinner with boiling water
7:00 p.m.Night showers, brush teeth, clean house
9:00 p.m. Glass of water before bed

Can you see how many items on your Saturday schedule alone require properly working plumbing? Not included are the restroom visits or washing your hands. You use water day-in and day-out, which means your plumbing needs to be in top shape. And who knows best how to take care of your plumbing? The team at Reimer! Not only do we specialize in home plumbing services, but we also offer 24/7 emergency service, upfront pricing, and service from friendly plumbers. Call us when you need plumbing services here in Buffalo and Western New York.

Best homeowner practices

There’s a lot about your home that you can take care of yourself. However, you can’t detect a leak inside your wall or a faulty pipe underground. That’s where our experts come in. To prevent clogged drains or home floods, here are a few homeowner practices you should keep in mind when it comes to plumbing:

  1. Conserve water: When possible, turn off your tap while you brush your teeth or shave. Keep your showers under 5-6 minutes, and only run the dishwasher or washing machine with a full load. This way, water can be better conserved and you’ll save money on your water bill.
  2. Schedule regular maintenance: The BEST thing you can do for your home plumbing is to schedule regular maintenance. You could have a small leak and not even know it—the experts can find the problem, repair the leak, and save you money at the same time. Additionally, Reimer plumbers can make sure your water heater, sewer lines, and drains are fully functioning.
  3. Purchase hair catchers for your drains: To prevent clogged drains and backups, install a catcher over your drains to stop hair or other large items from going down the drain.
  4. Reuse old water: Instead of throwing out old bathwater or cooking water, use it to water your plants/trees outdoors! Whenever possible, conserve or reuse the water in your home.

Your kitchen plumbing

Now that we know how important plumbing is in your home, let’s take a look at your kitchen specifically. Much of your water consumption takes place in two main areas of the home: 1) your kitchen and 2) your bathroom. The kitchen requires water, not only for your appliances, but also for your daily cooking and cleaning. Here are just a few ways you use your plumbing in the kitchen:

  • Boiling water
  • Wiping down counters
  • Washing dishes
  • Making ice in the refrigerator
  • Getting drinking water

If your sink, dishwasher, or garbage disposal don’t seem to be working properly, call the team at Reimer to come out and take a look. All it takes is one visit to diagnose the problem and find a solution!

Your bathroom plumbing

Your bathroom is arguably the most popular room when it comes to plumbing and water usage. You use it every day! Here are a few ways you use your plumbing in the bathroom:

  • Using the toilet
  • Washing hands
  • Showering
  • Shaving
  • Taking a bath

It’s not only important to have working water in your bathroom, but you’ll also want working hot water. Your water heater plays a crucial role in your plumbing, so if you aren’t receiving hot water like you used to, it’s time for a plumbing checkup.

Your home’s plumbing

The best way to prevent problems is to take care of your plumbing—your appliances, sinks, drains, and more. Your drains should be professionally clean and cleared when they get clogged; avoid major DIY attempts to clear your drains such as harsh drain cleaners or using a coat hanger to try to get out collected hair. Instead, have a true professional from Reimer come out and inspect and unclog your drain, using the proper tools and techniques. For more plumbing tips or to schedule 24/7 service, call Reimer Home Services today!

4 signs you need your drains cleaned by the team at Reimer

Every homeowner, at some point, has had to deal with a clogged drain before. Even though they are very unpleasant to deal with, a clogged drain is also inevitable. There are many DIY fixes out there on the internet, but the truth is that the problem could be much more serious than you can handle. If you have a clogged drain that does not become clear with running water or—if it is in your kitchen sink—by running the garbage disposal, you might be seeing the signs you need your drains cleaned.

It’s time to call in the professionals at Reimer to handle all of your drain cleaning service needs here in the greater Buffalo area.

Slow-draining bathroom sinks are one of the signs you need your drains cleaned.

Slow-draining bathroom sinks are one of the signs you need your drains cleaned.

What are the signs you need your drains cleaned?

Here are a few things that immediately signal that you may be in need of a professional drain cleaning:

1. Foul odors

The number one sign of a clogged drain will be an odor that you can’t ignore. When the clog has developed somewhere deep in the pipes, the odor will start to make its way through and out of the sink or bathtub drain. More often than not, the kitchen sink smell is the result of food or grease trapped deep inside the pipe, unable to be washed down by the force of water out of the faucet.

This is a perfect example of when a DIY method of using baking soda and vinegar probably would not work. If the clog is that solid, the DIY mixture will not be enough to penetrate the clog and clear it. In contrast, our experienced and professional plumbers here at Reimer have the specialized tools to clear any clog, in any drain of your home.

2. Slow draining

If you start to notice that your sink or tub is draining more slowly than normal, you may be developing a clog. Even though your sink may eventually drain, clogs located further down the pipes may be difficult to clear with store bought tools. You may not think you have to address this problem immediately, but the drain or pipe will eventually become so clogged that it will not drain at all.

If you notice that multiple drains in your home are not draining properly, you could have an even bigger problem: a sewer blockage. If this is happening to you, turn off the water supply to your home and call us as soon as possible. There’s nothing worse than when sewage begins to seep up your pipes and into your home.

3. Increased use of liquid drain cleaner

If you’re a homeowner, you have more than likely used liquid drain cleaner to deal with a clog in your home. This is something we NEVER recommend using. The chemicals in liquid drain cleaner are highly corrosive and can cause serious damage to the pipes of your home. Even though the cleaner can break down and eat away at the clog, it also has the potential to harm the inner walls of the pipe. Also, these chemicals are very dangerous to keep around your home, especially if you have small children around. Finally, these cleaners are also not always effective at clearing the most common type of clogs caused by—you guessed it—grease.

4. Strange noises

If you begin to hear an unfamiliar sound when water starts to go down the drain, this could be a sign of a clog forming. It will most likely sound like a gurgling noise once the water starts to drain. The clog is causing oxygen to bubble back up to the surface of your drain, and may be the first sign of a clog forming. If you ignore this and do not take proper steps to remove it, it can quickly become a full-fledged blockage in the pipe.

If you suspect a partial or full clog in any drain in your home, call Reimer today!

We’ll start by inspecting the drain and seeing what the extent of the problem is. This may involve using either a snake tool or a small camera to inspect the clog. This will help us to determine what the best remedy is for clearing the blockage. Once we’ve reviewed this plan with you, we’ll provide you with an upfront quote for the cost of the service.

Depending on the type of clog, we’ll use either a specialized snake tool to remove the clog or a water jet tool to flush it out. We also have other equipment, such as plungers and chemicals, that we’ll use if needed. In the case of a more drastic problem, we’ll work our way up to more advanced solution to clear the drain.

Our plumbers are experienced professionals with years of experience and training. We also offer 24/7 emergency services and a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our work. So call us any time, day or night, when you need plumbing help!

What you need to know about upkeep for pipes in older homes

Maintaining plumbing and pipes in older homes here in Buffalo and Western New York can be a challenge. As the age, pipes are more likely to leak, rust, and develop other problems. Fortunately, with a little know-how and work, you can keep your home’s plumbing in good working order. In this new article from the team here at Reimer Home Services, we’ll discuss a few things you need to know about old pipes.

If you need an expert opinion on the state of your plumbing here in Buffalo and Western New York, you’ll want to call our team. Reimer’s plumbers are true experts who have experience working with pipes and plumbing in all types of homes—including older homes.

A Reimer plumber checks on basement plumbing as part of our upkeep for pipes in older homes.Pipes can buckle over time

It may seem obvious when thinking about plumbing, but some homeowners fail to realize that pipes don’t last forever. Whether you’ve lived in an old home for a while or recently purchased one, it’s wise to have the plumbing system checked by experts regularly.

As a house settles over the course of the decades, the plumbing system inside can become buckled or bowed. This can in turn lead to frequent clogging and consistently slow drainage. If your sinks, bathtubs, and/or toilets stay persistently clogged even after servicing, your pipes may be bowed and need replacing.

Old faucets and fixtures are more than an eyesore

Old, rusted faucets and fixtures can not only make your home look outdated, but can affect the efficiency of your plumbing systems. Old faucets are more likely to leak and should be replaced if they show any signs of damage.

Common signs of damaged faucets include:

  • Mineral and rust deposits
  • “Spitting” water
  • Handles that squeak when you move them
  • Unusual sounds coming from your faucet

If you see any of these telltale signs, it’s time to update your fixtures with newer models that actually function. You may be surprised to discover that plumbing in older homes performs much better once new fixtures are installed.

Old pipes are more susceptible to corrosion

Over time, the pipes in old homes tend to corrode (even if they’re made from galvanized steel). It’s usually pretty easy to spot corroded pipes because they can cause the tap water to become orange due to rust. If this happens, the water is unsafe to drink and the pipes should be replaced.

In some cases, you can prevent galvanic corrosion in your plumbing by using dielectric couples to connect pipes made from dissimilar metals, replacing old (water line-connected) grounding wires with grounding rods, and wrapping your water lines in plastic.

Protect your best investment: your home

Your plumbing system is an investment that should be properly maintained for best results. Contact us to schedule your service. We’ll be happy to inspect your pipes and plumbing and give you a report on how things are looking.

How much does a tankless water heater cost here in Buffalo?

Tankless water heaters are an increasingly popular alternative to traditional “tank” water heaters. Here in Buffalo, more and more homeowners are making the upgrade to tankless—also known as “demand-type”—water heaters. In this article, we’ll review some of the benefits of switching to a tankless system and what the typical cost of a tankless water heater is here in Buffalo and Western New York.

To learn more about getting a new water heater in your home, call us. Our expert plumbers can talk to you about the right water heater for you home and provide you with an estimate on a new tankless unit.

Call Reimer to get an estimate on the cost of a tankless water heater in Buffalo, NY.

A Reimer plumber stands next to a newly installed demand-type water heater here in Buffalo, NY.

What are the benefits of a tankless water heater?


For one, demand-type water heaters are more energy-efficient than standard water heaters. In either a gas or electric configuration, a tankless system is going to use far less energy than other water heaters. Unlike a water heater with a tank that needs to consistently keep a reserve of water heated, tankless systems heat water as it’s needed at the faucet or tap. According to data from the U.S. Department of Energy, a gas tankless system can save you more than $100 every year, while an electric model can save you more than $44 per year.


Unlike standard water heaters that heat a reserve of water all at once and then distribute it to the tap / faucet, tankless water heaters heat water for your home’s shower, dishwasher, and sink as it’s needed. This means that demand-type systems can distribute a virtually endless supply of hot water. No more running out of hot water on a busy morning in your home.


Here’s another area where you’ll save money. Tankless systems have a lifespan that is, in many cases, twice as long as that of a standard water heater. This means that you can often get 20 years out of a tankless system, during which time you would have had to replace a standard unit twice.

How much does a tankless water heater cost here in Buffalo?

Generally speaking, tankless water heaters are more expensive than standard tank water heaters. Depending on the type (gas or electric), the make and model, and the size, demand-type systems range anywhere from $1,000 – $3,000. You’ll also want to factor in protection plans, the cost of ongoing maintenance, and professional installation from the plumbing pros here at Reimer.

However, that higher cost might not be a dealbreaker. After all, consider this: you’ll save on your monthly energy bills moving forward and you’ll get twice the lifespan out of the system. Plus, in many cases, upgrading to a tankless water heater can be a boon to your home’s value and to the curb appeal of the house.

Talk to the Reimer team

There are many individualized factors that can cause the cost of a tankless water heater to vary. Our advice? Call us to talk about your options and to get an estimate on a new water heater.

Common bathroom plumbing problems and what to do about them

As every homeowner knows, taking care of a home can sometimes turn into a major headache. On top of your home maintenance checklist, there’s also the random problems that pop up. In fact, most homeowners will face these common bathroom plumbing problems at some point or another—they’re almost inevitable.

Here’s the good news: you’re not alone. The plumbers at Reimer are here to help, with our friendly, 24/7 service. If you need plumbing assistance here in Buffalo and Western New York, give us a call today!


One of the most common plumbing calls we get is for toilet repair. Here are the some of the common issues homeowners face with their toilets, and why you should call Reimer for help with your common bathroom plumbing problems:

Clogged toilet

A clogged toilet isn’t a fun situation. If you have a clog that your plunger can’t solve, you might need the help of one of our plumbers. We have the right experience and equipment to clear even the most stubborn of clogs.

Tank not filling

Every toilet uses a relatively simple mechanism to flush and refill the water in the bowl from the tank. However, it is possible for toilets to “break.” Most of the time, this is a problem with the float or chain, which prevents the bowl from filling properly or keeps the toilet “running” constantly. In either case, call your friends at Reimer, and we’ll get your toilet working right again. We can also help you adjust the water level.

Showers & Bathtubs

It’s not called the “bathroom” for nothing. Your shower and bathtub are an essential part of your everyday life. If you’re running into problems with either, now’s the time to call in the professionals at Reimer. We offer expert repair services right here in Buffalo and Western New York.

No hot water

Few things are worse than waiting for your shower water to heat up and then being hit by the dawning realization that you’ll be taking a cold shower. Most of the time, this is because of a problem with your home’s water heater. As water heaters age, their total hot water capacity can be compromised. For large families, this means that hot water runs out more often, leaving the last person to take a shower with a cold awakening.

If you need to upgrade to a new water heater, talk to the plumbers here at Reimer. We install a wide variety of water heaters, perfect for any size of residence here in Buffalo. You may also want to consider upgrading to a tankless water heater. These energy-efficient, wall-mounted water heaters can provide you and your family with a continuous supply of hot water. That means no more cold showers.

Clogged drains

A clogged shower drain can put a serious roadblock in your morning routine. Unlike kitchen sinks, where food waste can form powerful clogs, most clogs in shower drains are caused by the accumulation of (gross!) human hair.

However, such clogs can be more complex and deep into the drain than you might think. Before you try DIY methods or resort to using harsh, storebought drain cleaners, call our team here at Reimer. Not only are our plumbers clog-clearing experts, but we also have the specialized tools to clear a vast majority of clogs without the need for chemicals.

Clogged sink drains are one of the most common bathroom plumbing problems.

One of the most common bathroom plumbing problems are clogged sink drains. Have a professional plumber help you clear these.

Sinks & Faucets

Whether it’s the constant drip-drip-drip that keeps you up at night or a particularly stubborn clog, problems with your bathroom sink can be frustrating for homeowners. Here are just a few of the most common bathroom plumbing problems most homeowners face.

Low / high water pressure

One thing we hear frequently from homeowners is that they don’t like the water pressure at their sink or in their shower. Most of the time, this is due to the water pressure being too low. This can be caused by a number of things. First, our plumbers will want to rule out anything to do with the faucet or showerhead itself. This could include a clogged aerator or a clog in the faucet infrastructure. After doing that, the next step might be to contact the local water department and find out what the pressure of water is at the street connection. It may be possible to modify that water pressure.

There’s a happy medium here: too high of water pressure can put additional stress on your home’s pipes and fixtures. Our plumbers deal with high water pressure by installing a regulator that reduces the water pressure throughout your home.

Other issues

Sink drains are susceptible to the same kind of problems that shower drains are. In many cases, the best way forward is calling our team for our professional drain cleaning services. We also handle faucet and fixture repair. A dripping faucet may not seem like a big deal, but—left alone for enough time—it can lead to a major spike in your water bills (and, not to mention, a major waste of water!). Our plumbers can even tackle relatively complex projects, such as moving existing pipes or installing new pipes.

Call Reimer for 24/7 emergency plumbing repair here in Buffalo

At Reimer, we’re proud to be your locally trusted source for expert plumbing services, right when you need them. We get it: when faced with common bathroom plumbing problems, you often can’t just “wait” around for them to get fixed. That’s why we offer 24/7 emergency service. For fast help that you can rely on, contact our team today. Or, give us a call at (716) 694-8524.