Frequently Asked Questions

At Rooter MD Plumbing LLC, we understand that home-related issues can be confusing and daunting. That's why we've compiled a list of common questions asked by local homeowners. From drainage problems to heater maintenance, we have the answers you need to keep your home running smoothly.

Is it possible for a water heater to erupt?

It is possible but highly unlikely. A water heater explodes only under the following conditions: 1) The anode rod is deteriorated or missing. If it is not, then you are good to go. 2) There's too much "hard" water buildup inside your tank, which can happen if you have low water pressure due to a clogged aerator screen or sediment filter. The hard water scale prevents the tank from releasing built-up hot gases that can cause an explosion when exposed to the pilot light. 3) Old age, in which case it might be time to buy a new unit. 4) The gas shutoff valve is faulty and not closing all the way. Note: If you shut off the gas line at a faulty valve, you'll have to call a professional to install a new one or bleed the tank from the bottom.

What should you do if a water heater explodes?

If a water heater explodes, the first thing you should do is get out of the way. Do not approach the water heater, as it may still be hot and could cause burns. Next, call 911 and report the explosion. Finally, wait for emergency responders to arrive. DO NOT try to fix the water heater yourself.

What's the difference between a water heater and a boiler?

A Water Heater is an appliance used to heat water. A boiler can also be used to heat water, but it's primary purpose is not to simply heat hot water. A boiler heats your home by heating the air that circulates through your HVAC system (heating and cooling). Boilers are typically located in the basement, attached to your HVAC system. Water heaters are either located in the basement or on an exterior wall of your home.

How often should I have my boiler serviced?

This question is very common and there are a variety of answers. You should have your boiler inspected at least every two years while the heating system is in good working order. During annual checkups, technicians will inspect all major components to ensure they are up to code and safe for use. If any repairs or additional maintenance work beyond regular cleaning is needed, our experts will notify you right away.

Why is my furnace running but with no heat?

There are a few reasons why your furnace might be running but not producing heat. One possibility is that the filter is dirty and needs to be replaced. Another possibility is that there is something blocking the flow of air, such as a bird's nest or a piece of furniture. Finally, the furnace may simply be malfunctioning. If you have had problems with it before, or if several things go wrong around the same time, you might need to have it replaced.

Can you run a furnace without a filter?

You can technically run a furnace without a filter, but it's not recommended. Furnaces are designed to pull air through a filter to remove particles and debris before blowing the warm air into your home. If you don't have a filter, the debris will build up in the furnace and could eventually cause it to break down. It's always a good idea to have a filter in place, even if you're not running the furnace.

Pros and drawbacks of trenchless sewage repair

Trenchless sewer repair is a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional digging and damage restoration. The following pros and cons of trenchless sewer repair provide insight on the service: • Eliminates need for large excavation; this method does not require any tearing up of roads or infrastructure. • Replaces existing pipelines instead of simply repairing them, so the repair is more permanent. • Causes less damage to lawns and landscaping; no large trenches or holes need to be dug. • Many times can be completed in a day, as opposed to several days or weeks for traditional repairs. On the downside, trenchless sewer repair may not always be an option, and can be more expensive than traditional methods. Additionally, some homes may not have the proper depth or slope for this type of repair.

Feel free to call us at 248-888-7777 anytime and we’ll be happy to answer any questions or schedule a next appointment for plumbing, heating, or AC services in Livonia, MI.