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!

The difference between boilers and furnaces, explained

What is the difference between boilers and furnaces? Or, boilers and water heaters? Many homeowners use these terms interchangeably, but these systems—from the way they work to their very purpose—are all incredibly different. In this article, we’ll review boilers, furnaces, and water heaters, and how to know which system you need for your home.

Do you live here in Buffalo or Western New York? At Reimer Home Services, we offer free in-home estimates on new boilers and furnaces. Give us a call today to learn more about heating installation from our team.

Get a free in-home estimate on a new furnace or boiler.

Does your home need a new heater? We’re here to help. At Reimer, we offer free in-home estimates on new heating systems—including both furnaces and boilers. Fill out the form to request an appointment with our team.

What is the difference between boilers and furnaces?

The majority of homes in the United States have a central heating system. Those that don’t typically have a ductless mini-split setup.

But, not all types of central heating systems are the same. The two most common types of heating systems installed in homes today include furnace and boilers. Some people think that the difference between the two is just semantics. However, this is not the case. Sure, both the systems keep the room warm, but the way that the warm air is generated is different.

Knowing the differences between a boiler and a furnace will be helpful when it comes to new heater installation. It will also be of use when conversing with the technician about heater problems. So, what are the differences between the two? You should continue reading the article to find out.

What are boilers?

A key difference between boilers and furnaces is that boilers heat water to be used for radiant heating, while furnaces heat air to be used for forced-air heating.

A key difference between boilers and furnaces is that boilers heat water to be used for radiant heating, while furnaces heat air to be used for forced-air heating.

Boilers generate warm air through the heated water in a tank. They don’t require ducts to circulate warm air throughout the house. Instead, heated water is circulated through pipes to different end points located inside the house that are typically baseboard heaters or radiators. This is known as radiant heating.

Electric boilers have heating elements to heat the water, while gas heaters use jets under the tank for the same purpose. The heat is moved through the end points into the living space through radiant heat transfer—the delivery of heat by increasing the surface temperature so that it warms the nearby area.

What are furnaces?

On the other hand, both gas and electric furnaces are forced-air systems. They combust fuel (gas) or generate heat (electricity) to heat up air, which is then blown through ducts into the living spaces of your home. The forced systems heat the air through a device known as heat exchangers. The heated air is then circulated inside the house through the ducts by blower fans. In electric-powered furnaces, heating elements are present that create warm air, while in fuel powered furnaces the warm air is created by the gas jets.

If your gas or electric furnace is getting up there in age, it might need to be replaced. Check out this article to learn why you should consider getting a new furnace installed before winter arrives.

So, which is better?

Each of the types of the heater has its own advantages and disadvantages. Boilers tend to produce cleaner heat and entail lower repair and operation costs. They also tend to be more energy-efficient: less heat energy is wasted through radiant heating compared to forced-air heating. Ultimately, this is a big difference between boilers and furnaces.

However, if your home isn’t set up for a boiler and radiant heating, you may find the cost of installation to be prohibitive—especially if you already have ductwork, anyway. Most homeowners looking to put in radiant heating do so during a major remodel or new home build so that they can run the water lines underneath floors. This has the added benefit of adding heated floors to your home.

What about water heaters?

Many people confuse water heaters and boilers. After all, the physics is fundamentally the same: both systems are using some form of energy (electricity, natural gas) to heat water inside of a tank, and then using pipes to distribute it out to other areas of your home. However, this is where the similiarities end. For the most part, the water inside of a radiant heating system and boiler exists in a closed loop—its purpose is to transport heat energy.

Water heaters, obviously, disperse water to the taps, faucets, and shower heads in your home. They are considered plumbing, while boilers are considered an HVAC system. If your water heater stops working, you’ll need to call a plumber. At Reimer, we have both HVAC techs and plumbers on our team.

Call Reimer for heating installation in Buffalo and Western New York

Whatever heating equipment you purchase, you can ensure that it continues to operate without a major fault for a long time through regular tune-up. If you want to get in touch with experienced NATE-certified furnace repair technicians in Western New York, you can contact our team by filling out the form below.

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At Reimer, your safety is important to us

The COVID-19 outbreak has seemingly thrown the whole world into disarray. Here in Buffalo and New York, it has led to major shutdowns of businesses, schools, and social events. Health experts are uncertain exactly how long this outbreak will last and how long these measures will be necessary. As such, our team at Reimer Home Services is proactively taking precautionary steps to protect you and your family. In this article, we’ll review what exactly COVID-19 is, how we’re working to protect you, and how you can support our community through this crisis.

Our team is here for all your 24/7 emergency heating, cooling, and plumbing needs. For fast service throughout Buffalo and Western New York, contact us today. We’re ready to help.

Our team is taking steps to protect your home

Throughout the duration of this outbreak, our team at Reimer Home Services is taking precautionary steps to protect you and your home. Here’s what you need to know:

What you need to know about COVID-19

COVID-19, also known as “novel coronavirus,” is a virus that has spread throughout the world in a matter of months. Because COVID-19 only recently made the jump from animals to humans, there is no pre-existing human immunity to it, and no vaccine has yet been developed. This means that everyone is at risk of catching this disease.

As you have no doubt heard on the news, COVID-19 is incredibly easy to spread. Once infected, most people do not show symptoms for a few days. During this “incubation period,” they may unknowingly be infecting others. Most of those infected (about 80%) experience mild to moderate flu-like symptoms, but a sizable population may be completely symptomless for the duration of their infection—making them more likely to go out into public spaces and accidentally infect dozens or even hundreds of other people.

In other words, without social distancing and precautionary measures, experts believe that COVID-19 could spread like wildfire. This is problematic because 20% of those infected experience severe symptoms and may require hospitalization. Vulnerable populations, such as the elderly or those with pre-existing health conditions, are especially at risk.

To slow the spread of COVID-19 and help “flatten the curve” of patients that our hospitals have to treat at once, experts recommend that everyone:

  • Practice Social Distancing: Avoid going out into public spaces unless absolutely necessary, such as for an essential job or to get groceries. When you do go out, avoid touching your face, cough and sneeze into your elbow, and wear a face mask.
  • Wash Your Hands: The virus is primarily spread by people touching an infected surface and then touching their nose, mouth, or eyes. When you return from a public space, wash your hands thoroughly in warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Sanitize Surfaces: Wipe down anything you might have touched to kill the virus. You should especially sanitize your phone.

If you are sick, stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19 to others. If you do have to go to work or to the store for supplies, keep a distance of six feet between you and the next person. For more up-to-date information, be sure to check out the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Thank you for your support of our community

These are difficult times for many people, and local businesses and their employees are being hit hard. If you are in a position to do so, please consider supporting local businesses during this difficult time. You can make a positive impact by:

  • Supporting local restaurants by ordering food for takeout or delivery. This helps them keep going through these tough times. If you feel uncomfortable ordering food, call them and ask if they sell gift cards. This purchase gives the business cash today, and you can then use or gift the certificate once the COVID-19 outbreak is over.
  • Whether you’re buying essentials or putting together a care package for a family member, try to shop local. Our storefronts are not getting foot traffic, so buying things from them online can make a world of difference.
  • Do the small things and recognize those who are working hard to ensure our grocery store shelves remain stocked, our power remains on, and life continues moving forward. A simple “thank you” can really lift someone’s spirits and keep us all moving forward.

On behalf of our entire family and team here at Reimer Home Services, we also would like to give our sincerest appreciation of our local first responders, medical personnel, and all those working on the front lines of this crisis. You’ve always been awesome, and we appreciate you more than ever!

Of course, you can count on Reimer Home Services for all your emergency HVAC and plumbing repair needs during this difficult time. Thank you for your continued business and support. Stay safe, stay healthy, and call us with all your 24/7 repair needs.

Is it worth it to hire a professional for drain cleaning services?

When you have a clogged kitchen sink or a shower drain that’s running slowly, it can be tempting to reach for a bottle of chemical drain cleaner. Clearing out a slow-moving drain may seem like an excellent DIY project that can save money. However, there are numerous benefits that come with the decision to hire a professional for drain cleaning.

Before you decide to fix your home’s drain problems yourself, consider the advantages of hiring an expert compared with the potential problems of a DIY project gone wrong.

1. A professional can find and fix the true source of the problem

If you have a clogged sink, shower, or toilet, hiring a professional for drain cleaning makes a lot of sense.

If you have a clogged sink, shower, or toilet, hiring a professional for drain cleaning makes a lot of sense.

Although it may seem like all drain clogs are caused by various bits of debris blocking the pipes, there are actually numerous issues that can contribute to drain problems. Different sorts of clogs require unique solutions, and just pouring chemical drain cleaner down your sink may not solve the problem for good. Some clogs may be lodged in a place that is impossible to reach with regular household tools. An expert plumber can diagnose the true cause of your drain issues and use the proper tools and methods to effectively fix the problem.

2. Harsh chemical solutions may damage plumbing systems

One of the problems with DIY drain cleaning solutions is that they contain extremely harsh and potentially dangerous chemicals. While these chemical mixtures can sometimes be effective in destroying a clog, they can also harm your pipes in the process. You may not notice immediate effects of damage from a harsh chemical cleaner, but over time your pipes can develop leaks or cracks that require expensive repairs. In some cases, the chemicals in a cleaner may even make it easier for clogs to form in your pipes in the future.

3. A professional knows how to handle hazardous situations safely

Standard drain cleaning solutions can produce toxic fumes or create dangerous situations in your home if used improperly. A trained professional has the knowledge to safely remove a clog. He or she may also have tools that can remove a clog without the use of harsh chemicals. When you trust an expert to fix your plumbing issues, you don’t have to worry about putting yourself or your family members in danger.

4. You can trust a professional to deliver an effective solution

In some cases, a DIY drain cleaner may seem to fix the problem right away, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a long-term solution. You may even notice your drains starting to run slowly again a few days after using a chemical cleaning solution. Reliable professional plumbers guarantee their work, so you can trust that the problem won’t reappear a few days after the service appointment.

Call Reimer and hire a professional for drain cleaning

At Reimer Home Services, we have the proper tools and expert knowledge to understand the true cause of your home’s plumbing problems. When you have a slow drain or need emergency assistance for a serious clog, we can find and fix the problem quickly and safely. If you have a clogged drain in your home, contact us now for 24/7 emergency drain cleaning in Buffalo and Western New York.

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.

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!