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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

Dealing with serious flood damage at home is not the end of the world. And most importantly, it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg to get your home back into living condition again. In fact, you may find (like I did) that recovering from a flood gives you an opportunity to improve the look and feel of your home overall, and even to implement design options that increase the value of your property. I spent about a year fixing up my place after a pipe exploded while I was on vacation, and literally ruined everything inside from the flooring and walls, to my photos and important paperwork. So, I figured I could help others "pick up the pieces" and create a bigger ad better lifestyle at home by turning a flood situation into an opportunity, instead of dealing with it like a crisis.

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Diagnosing Curious Noise Issues With A Residential Hot Water Tank

by Scott Gordon

Providing hot water to the house in an instant, the hot water heater is easily one of the more valuable pieces of modern equipment in the home even though it often goes unrecognized unless something is wrong. The hot water tank of the unit houses the water both while it is being heated and after the water has reached a desired temperature. On occasion, noises from within the hot water tank may leave you scratching your head as a homeowner. Here are a few of the curios noises you could hear coming from the tank of your hot water heater and what the noises could mean. 

Noise: Rattling, knocking, or banging. 

Cause and Solution: If the water heater seems like it is falling apart inside because of rattling and banging, it is a good sign that you have something going on in there that you cannot see. In some cases, bits of hard mineral deposits that have built up will break free from the inner walls and tap against the tank, and this noise will usually subside over time. However, the rattles could also be from broken and corroded bits of metal from the heating elements. Check the heating elements to ensure they are still in good condition and replace them if necessary. 

Noise: Gurgles and bubbling.

Cause and Solution: It is normal to hear some gurgling and bubbling from within the hot water tank as the tank is filled, but this should not be a consistent noise. If you hear bubbling and gurgling often, it may mean that there is a leak in the hot water tank that is allowing air bubbles to get inside. Visually inspect the tank for signs of leaks. If you don't find anything, be sure to get in touch with a technician to come to the house and take a look. 

Noise: High-pitched squeals or whistles. 

Cause and Solution: If your hot water tank is making odd whistling or high-pitched squealing noises, there is no doubt that you will be ready to eliminate this annoying racket in a hurry. Even though it may sound like these noises are coming from inside of the tank, it is more likely that the sound is coming from either the water outlet faucet or the pressure release valve on the top of the unit. If air gets inside of the hot water tank, which is pressurized, it will make a squealing noise when it is released.

Open up the pressure release valve to allow out excess pressure and turn it off as soon as water starts to flow out. If the noise seems to be coming from the water outlet valve at the base, it probably means there is air trapped in the line that needs to be set free so just turn on the valve until the water freely flows from the nozzle. 

For information on hot water tanks, you can read more or contact a professional in your area. 

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