What Matters Most: Choosing a Gas or Electric Water Heater for Your Home 

 September 14th, 2017 
Let’s take a moment to talk about your home’s water heater. How much do you know about it? Believe it or not, most homeowners don’t know much at all about their water heater. Sure, they likely know its basic purpose, why it’s important, and where it is located, but beyond that, more often than not, their knowledge stops there.

Your friends and experts at Bulldog Rooter are always a phone call away to address any issues with your home’s water heater. It’s what we do all day, every day, after all, and we’d love to be of service to you in any way we can. That being said, we think it is important that every homeowner at least have a basic knowledge of their water heater, what types of water heaters are on the market today, and how those types can best benefit their home.

For example, did you know that you can choose between a gas water heater and an electric water heater for your home? Do you know which of these is currently installed in your house? Are you confident that your current system is truly the best possible solution for your home?

Here are the basic features of these two types of water heaters and how they can be advantageous in your home.

Gas Water Heater
Approximately 60% of homes in the United States use gas-fired water heaters. This type of water heater uses the heat from natural gas, or another burning fuel to heat the water in your home.  

Having a gas water heater in your home has many advantages. On average, it can heat about 50 gallons of water per hour for your home. This is in comparison to the approximately 14 gallons of water that an electric water heater would perform at. A gas water heater also has the advantage of a strong performance at all times, even during a power outage. You can expect this type of system to last you about 12 years, and will cost you a little over $5,000 during that lifetime.

If you don’t already have a gas water heater installed in your home, we at Bulldog Rooter recommend this system if you have a family of four or larger.
Electric Water Heater
An electric water heater heats your home’s water using electric resistance coils. Rather than a natural gas power source, these water heaters instead use domestic power, often in the form of either coal or wind power. An electric water heater could remain in your home for approximately 13 years, and will cost you a little over $6,000 during that lifetime.
An electric water heater is a great option for you if you are a member of a smaller household, and if having an energy efficient system is your top priority.

While your home’s water heater may not be something you constantly consider, it’s crucial to know what type of water heater you have and if it’s truly the best option for you. Bulldog Rooter is your resource to ensure you pick the proper water heater for your home. Call 509-535-3447 or contact us to schedule an appointment. 
By Bulldog Rooter 04 Oct, 2017

As summer draws to a close, it’s important to make sure our homes are prepared for the cold winter months ahead. Preparing your home can help prevent broken or frozen pipes, and save you money down the road.

  1. Outdoor Water: If you have an indoor shutoff valve for the outdoor water, make sure you shut off the valve to ensure the water drains out of the faucets. Also remember to drain and store hoses so they don’t have to weather the cold outside. Another aspect of outdoor water to keep in mind are sprinkler systems. If you use a sprinkler system, make sure you get them blown out before it freezes to prevent cracking and damage. This will keep your sprinkler running for years to come.

  1. Prevent Frozen Pipes: A great way to ensure your pipes don’t freeze is to check the foundation of your home around pipes to make sure there aren’t any cracks or gaps that would allow cold air to pass over the pipes. This helps keep the water a safe temperature, and prevent broken or cracked pipes down the road.

  1. Adjust Your Water Heater: To keep your water heater running efficiently in the winter, the temperature should be set to 120 degrees.This will allow it to perform its best and prevent burn injuries.

  1. Have a Plumber Inspect Your House: A licensed plumber from Bulldog Rooter will know where the most plumbing problems occur in a home during the winter. An inspection won’t take long, and they can also give you tips on how to keep your plumbing in tip top shape all year long.

  1. Don’t Procrastinate! Waiting to complete any of these tasks can create quite a headache, for you and your wallet, down the road. Prepare for the cold early, before you run into any problems.

If problems with your plumbing do occur this winter, or if you’d like some advice or help answering questions on preparing your plumbing for the cold, call the experienced professionals at Bulldog Rooter. We can help answer any questions, and we’d love to help you keep your plumbing in the best possible shape all year long. Give us a call today at 509-535-3447 or visit our  website .

By Bulldog Rooter 09 Aug, 2017

Trying to unclog your pesky garbage disposal? Bulldog Rooter has got you covered. We know the steps and the process of maintaining, unclogging, and repairing a garbage disposal. Bulldog Rooter is Spokane’s premier plumbing company. Bulldog Rooter experts are well-versed in fixing plumbing problems such as repairing main water and sewer lines, clogged drains in your shower, tub, toilet, or sink. We also do plumbing inspections on your pipes, water heaters, and water softening systems. Unclogging a disposal all begins with how much water you use.

Dropping forks or spoons down the disposal are usually the main culprit for the clogging of a garbage disposal. Along with larger objects, too much food and not enough water down the drain can lead to a serious clog. Never put a corn cob, artichokes, avocado pits, or bones down a disposal. However, sometimes food bits will sneak down the drain whether you want them to or not. After washing dishes, food will fall into the disposal.  Make sure you run the water for at least 30 seconds to really make sure everything is down and everything is flowing properly. A quick cleaning tip to live by:  every month put a lemon or ice cube in the drain and it will naturally clean it by removing grease  residue and giving that fresh lemon smell in return.

Bulldog Rooter is Spokane’s premier 24-hour emergency service plumbing company. Our expert plumbing contractors pride themselves on customer service. If it’s fixing a frozen pipe, burst pipe or leaky faucet, from the moment you call, you become Bulldog Rooter’s first priority. Bulldog Rooter experts are well versed in fixing plumbing problems such as repairing main water and sewer lines, clogged drains in your shower, tub, toilet, or sink. We also do plumbing inspections on your pipes, water heaters, and water softening systems. Plumbing remodels in your bathroom, kitchen and laundry room is another Bulldog Rooter specialty. For more information visit our website at  or give us a call at (509) 535-3447.

By Bulldog Rooter 06 Jul, 2017

Limescale is commonly found on faucets, tubs, and other appliances. It appears to be a chalky, off-white, mineral deposit called “Alkaline.” It’s found on surfaces where “hard water” has evaporated. The white residue left over is grey or white, leaving a chalky texture.

How to Remove Limescale

Although, it is possible to scrub off limescale, it’s the hardest way to do it. Products like, vinegar and lemon juice are recommended to soak the limescale with. The more expensive alternative is buying a brand name product specifically for limescale removal.

To clean a faucet, you will first, need to get a rag and soak it in either vinegar or lemon juice. White vinegar is the overall best choice. After you soak the rag, wrap it around the faucet where the limescale is. Wrapping a rubber band around the rag will help apply more pressure. Finally, after an hour of letting it sit, use a rag or sponge to gently clean.

Cleaning sinks and tubs involve spraying the vinegar or lemon juice on the limescale, then letting it sit for 30 minutes to an hour. After waiting said time, wash off with a sponge or rag.

Toilets are a little different when it comes to limescale removal. Once again, vinegar and lemon juice will be needed, but creating a mixture with borax is suggested. Borax is often used in detergents and dissolves in water, so it will make it a lot easier to clean your toilet. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes and then you can begin scrubbing! Softening the limescale will make it easier to remove.

Our employees and contractors at Bulldog Rooter have many years of experience and take pride in our overall customer satisfaction. Bulldog Rooter is Spokane’s premier plumbing company and offer a variety of services. Our plumbing contractors are able to fix all your plumbing problems and drain problems, including clogged sinks, toilets, showers, disposals, and other drain clogging issues. We also install water softening systems and water heaters, and perform commercial jetting. 

For more information about Bulldog Rooter visit our website at  or give us a call at 509-535-3447.

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