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What should I do when I have shingle damage?

close-up of damaged shingles

Dealing With Shingle Damage

In Virginia, you can have beautiful, sunny weather one day and the next, the Atlantic is slamming us with high winds and hard rains. All of that is hard on a roof and shingle damage is sure to happen to every home at some point. 

Now, you may be wondering, “How do I know if I have damaged shingles?” That is what we’re going to discuss here. It is important that you perform routine inspections yourself at least once a month as well as to have professional roof inspections annually.

DIY Roof Inspections

The steps to take to perform a roof inspection are: 

  • Starting inside in the attic, check for any dark spots, holes, leaks, and sagging sheathing. Check for mildew, mold, and stains as well.
  • From the exterior, climb a ladder to get a close-up look. If heights and ladders aren’t for you, use binoculars and you can still get a relatively thorough inspection while standing on the ground. Examine the roof for damage like cracked, missing, torn, or warped shingles. Check for any nails that are missing, popped up, or rusted. Make sure the vents are in place and that the flashing around them is secure. 
  • Clean the gutter runs and downspouts of any debris such as leaves, limbs, and twigs. Make sure the gutter runs aren’t sagging and there aren’t any leaks. If there are any issues, make the repairs now. 
  • Check the eaves and fascia from the underside to make sure they are all connected as intended to the outer walls. Look for any rot or animal infestation. Replace any boards that are rotted and patch up any holes that animals may have created. 
  • From the street, you can get a long-distance look for shingle damage like dark spots, sagging or missing shingles. Check that the exterior paint is in good condition and look for possible ice dams along the roof’s edge that will keep water from draining during the winter. 

What can damage roof shingles?

The roof on your home is your first line of defense from almost anything and everything. Unfortunately, sometimes Mother Nature is too powerful for even the best roof. There are ten things that commonly cause damage, so knowing what they are can help you identify damage when it occurs – and possibly prevent future damage.

Hailstones and Rain

As we’ve stated before, water is a house’s enemy, and given the opportunity, it can cause shingle damage and more on a roof. Under normal conditions, the rain will roll off a roof and into your gutters, to the downspout, and out to the ground. However, there are problems that can prevent that from happening, like a gutter system or valleys clogged with debris and leaves. 

When this happens, the water can’t drain, and the roofing materials will slowly erode from standing water causing shingle damage and more. Large hailstones can cause severe damage to any roofing material and can be particularly damaging to asphalt shingles. 

Shingle Damage from Wind

The wind can cause shingle damage before, during, and after severe storms by blowing them off or loosening them so they are out of place. Once shingles are damaged or loosened, they are no longer able to protect your roof. How much wind can shingles withstand? Most brands of shingles have a limited warranty that offers protection for wind speeds up to 130 mph before shingle damage occurs.

Shingle Damage From Ice and Snow 

Homes located in cold climates should be concerned with ice and snow causing shingle damage. Snow should melt and run off a roof. However, if there are any areas of the roof that weren’t protected underlying leaks can happen. Then, as the snow does melt, the shingle damage is exposed and more damage starts to occur. 

Winter weather can cause ice dams on roofs too. This is where ice builds up along the roof’s edge and melts into the gutters. Ice dams are caused by the heat and moisture when an attic isn’t venting. After that, the melting ice refreezes on the roof’s edges. 

Heavy snowfall can be concerning for a roof too because a roof is built to handle only so much weight. One square foot of snow can weigh up to 21 pounds. When you consider how much snow piles on a roof in northern regions, you can understand the concern for shingle damage – and more. 

Shingle Damaged Caused by Algae

The sunny summers of Virginia are also humid and warm, which is the perfect recipe for rooftop algae. Roofing is especially prone to blue-green algae, and it doesn’t just stay on one roof – it spreads from rooftop to rooftop, causing shingle damage along the way. 

Ultraviolet Light

UV light can cause shingle damage after an extended period of exposure, causing cracks and degrading the quality. Because of the sun’s UV rays, the natural lifespan of shingles is shortened, often leading to a need for a roof replacement sooner than anticipated.  

Shingle Damage Caused by Trees

While the trees around your home are beautiful and provide shade, they can also cause shingle damage with their falling branches, leaves, and twigs. If they bear any type of fruit, nuts, or needles, they can clog the gutters, and while they sit on the roof they retain moisture. This can cause shingle damage. 

Other Causes of Shingle Damage

Animals and critters like birds, squirrels, and raccoons will nest on roofs, especially under eaves, and find ways to get inside an attic to enjoy its warmth. An improperly installed roof can lead to shingle damage and more, putting your home in jeopardy. 

Can you repair damaged shingles?

Yes – knowing how to repair shingle damage like a crack can save you a lot of hassle with a roofing contractor and just one or two cracked shingle damages isn’t usually worth filing an insurance claim over. 

Simply apply roof sealant in a thick bead under the crack of the shingle, and then press it down for a few minutes. Using a putty knife, spread a second thick bead of roofing sealant onto the top of the crack. 

How much does it cost to remove and replace shingles?

Pricing can vary from state to state or even city to city, but the average of most contractors ranges between $3.50 per square foot and $6.00 per square foot. This includes installing replacement shingles to take care of the damage. An entire roof replacement can cost up to $13,500 today. 

Can I remove shingles myself?

If you have a ladder, crowbar, safety belt, non-skid rubber sole shoes and you’re not afraid of heights then yes, you can remove shingles. But note that you’ll also need a game plan on how to get them hauled to the dump, where you’ll have a fee to pay. Also note that some cities may require you to have a permit.

What happens if you don’t replace your shingles?

The roof is just one part of your home that you need to be vigilant about to make sure it is healthy and in good condition. From shingle damage to a rotted fascia or soffit, if you don’t keep repairs up-to-date, you can expect any or all of the following to occur:

1. Water Damage

2. Health Risk

3. Structural Damage, Possible Collapse

4. Property Value Loss 

5. Fire Hazard 

close-up of shingles being hammered into place

One Final Question – Does insurance cover shingle damage?

Homeowners want to get the most they can from their homeowner’s insurance. After all, you pay for it, so shouldn’t you have something to show for it? When it comes to roof or shingle damage, how the damage occurred will determine if your insurance will cover the repairs or replacement. This is something that you need to check your policy and review with your agent. If you need a little help, whether it’s with repair for damaged shingles or help to understand your insurance policy, you can reach out to us at 757-633-9949.

What is the best type of roof shingles?

Damaged roofing shingles.

How is your roof doing today?

Up on the rooftop, click, click, click. Down through the chimney come asphalt granules from the roof shingles. Well, actually, those granules are filling up the gutter runs and falling to the ground, but you get the gist of this, right? 

If you’ve been asking yourself “Should I replace my roof,” these granules are telling you something. They mean you may need a new roof installed soon. At the very least, you need a professional roof inspection. This way, your roofing technician can tell you if you have roof shingles that need repairing, or even if the entire roof needs to be replaced. If you think now might be a good time to get asphalt shingle repair or replacement, you can reach out to the Neblett Construction team at 757-633-9949 to schedule your service.

When to Replace Your Roof

So, when should you replace your roof? There are many different answers to that, in part because there are different types of roofing materials, each having a different lifespan. But in keeping with our original question, how many years does a shingle roof last? Asphalt roof shingles that have been professionally installed and properly maintained can last up to 20 years before they need replacement. 

The better the grade and quality of your asphalt roof shingles, the longer they can last. For example, architectural roof shingles have been known to give homeowners upwards of 30 years of service. 

But bear in mind there are other factors that will affect the lifespan of your roof shingles, including the maintenance they receive and the weather they’re exposed to. Even the most resilient metal roofing will have erosion issues at some point. Things that are telling you it is time for a change would be: 

  • Holes and Leaks – If there are holes in your roof that have sunlight coming through, your roof is beyond repair. Maybe it started out as a small crack, but water is the big destroyer. The more water got in that crack, the more damage it did. 
  • Moisture and Water Damage/Stains – These are signs that are screaming “Help!” Any evidence of moisture, water damage, and stains are indications you need new roof shingles, and the sooner the better. This damage could be on the ceiling or walls, in the attic, on the decking, and in the rafters. Also note that if you have a sagging ceiling, that roof leak is likely getting bad. 
  • Exterior Roof Damage – While standing outside your home, do you see missing roof shingles, or notice any that are damaged or rotten? This is an indication of roof shingles that need replacing at the very least, but most likely, the entire roof needs to be replaced. Call your roofing contractor for an inspection and an estimate. Once they have inspected your roof, they can tell you if you’ll need to repair any roof shingles or if replacement is the better choice. 

What are the top-rated roofing shingles?

There are several brands of roof shingles on the market these days, each offering their own roof shingle colors, designs, and more. But out of all those choices, which roof shingles are the best to use on your home? It is a personal choice when it comes down to it, and often a matter of budget. But do note that among the different brands of asphalt roof shingle, there are two key types:

  • 3-Tab Shingles – This is the type of roof shingle commonly found on most homes, and can be considered the traditional roof shingle. These roof shingles have three uniform tabs that provide a sleek, sophisticated appearance and lay flat when installed. They are installed against the underlayment on an asphalt roof. 
  • Dimensional Asphalt Shingles – These are also known as architectural laminate roof shingles and are notable for having a variegated appearance, which comes from the multiple asphalt layers they are made with. They are a durable product and are the only choice many roofing contractors offer. They can mimic cedar shake or natural slate without the high cost. 

Is there a 50-year shingle?

Yes, Virginia, there are now 50-year roof shingles! They are obviously going to be more expensive than the more common 30-year roof shingle, and since they claim they offer extensive coverage, that would make sense, right? 

However, whether they actually last 50 years will depend on several factors, like where you live. The weather in Florida is different from the weather in Oklahoma, which is obviously different from the weather in Virginia. These 50-year roof shingles are great in states like Texas, but not so much in Florida. Buyer beware! 

Close-up of asphalt shingles on a roof.

Closing Thoughts 

These days, more roofing contractors are pushing us to go all green with our new roof shingles, and that is great. However, it makes you wonder, “Can roof shingles be removed and reused?” Or when you have to face the choice between a metal or shingle roof, is metal the better way to go for recycling purposes? 

What many don’t tell you is that asphalt roof shingles can be recycled. Yes, there is still a portion that goes to the landfill, but there is also a huge part of them that is recycled, like the asphalt material in them. So, when you get a new roof, ask the contractor if they’ll be taking this load to the dump or a recycling center. They may not be aware of this option, so do your research and enlighten them! If you’re ready to get started, call Neblett Construction at 757-633-9949 to schedule your service.

Is a kitchen remodel a good investment?

remodeling plan

Has your family outgrown your home, maybe the kitchen sees more activity than it used to?

Or maybe you’ve grown tired as it has begun to look a little weary after years of use and abuse. You could  be thinking about the future, making a downsize step once the last kid has left the nest, so you’re wondering what would get you the highest dollar on the market. Well, consider a kitchen remodel job. 

Today, the kitchen is often the centerpiece of a home. This isn’t just where meals are prepared any more. The kitchen is a family room, homework study room, even where we entertain our guests. Which is why we want a kitchen remodel that makes it a showpiece, which won’t hurt if we decide to sell. 

The cost of a kitchen remodel or kitchen renovation is quite different. A complete  kitchen remodel that includes custom cabinetry with granite countertops and a tile backsplash, commercial-grade appliances built-in can cost up to $100,000 or more. 

A kitchen renovation isn’t as extravagant. This usually consists of replacing the appliances with basic, common, Energy Star rated units. Redo the cabinet fronts and change out the hardware, add new laminate countertops and new flooring.  This cost a fraction of that complete kitchen remodel, around $20,000. 

What is the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel?

The appliances of course are costly, around $8,000 to $10,000, but believe it or not, the kitchen cabinetry can be the most expensive part for your kitchen remodel.   To replace the kitchen cabinetry, your kitchen remodel budget can cost up to $15,000 to $25,000. Once you have those new cabinets in, you’ll want to top them off with countertops that match and will give you the longest lifespan. Depending on what type of countertops you choose, you can expect to spend around $6,000 to $8,000. 

These prices are dependent on how big your kitchen is of course. A galley style kitchen won’t have the amount of cabinetry and countertops that a gourmet kitchen has. Of course, the quality of the cabinets you choose for your kitchen remodel will make a huge difference. Custom made kitchen cabinets will be a better fit and quality, but the basic cabinetry from a home improvement store get the job done too for a lot less money. 

How much does a kitchen remodel increase home value?

Eighty percent of homebuyers want a recently complete kitchen remodel these days. Why? Well, considering the estimates we provided just now, that only makes sense. They want the expense and the work done please.  So, you’re considering a kitchen remodel before placing your home on the market, that is the best strategy! 

So far, halfway through 2021, the standard ROI for a mid-range kitchen remodel, you can expect to get as much as 60% of your money back. So, you spend up to $69,000 on a kitchen remodel, you could as little as $34,000 up to as much as $42,000 back. However, do a  smaller kitchen renovation or upgrade, you could get as much as 80% ROI when you spend $25,000 or less. 

How do you update old cabinets?

If your kitchen remodel budget doesn’t have room for all new, customized, or out-of-the box cabinets, do a cabinet makeover instead! Reface them, refurbish them, or refresh the, your kitchen cabinets don’t need a major overhaul when these suggestions do the same thing: 

  • Paint –  Is your kitchen old school dark? Brighten it up by painting the cabinets a bright color, even a fresh coat of gloss white will give that old school kitchen new pizzaz. 
  • Crackle – A new color is good, but you can do more and change the style too by  going shabby chic with a crackle finish. Crackling glaze is available at your local paint store, and you can decide if you want thin crackling or thick crackling by adjusting the thickness you apply. 
  • Distressed – If your kitchen is old and the cabinets are really beat up and worn, that is the rustic finish that is popular today in kitchen remodeling. If yours aren’t beat up or worn, then layer on the colors in a splatter style then use an old chain to beat them up. A little sanding once the paint is dry in sporadic spots will reveal the different colors. 
  • Antiqued – Give your kitchen remodeled cabinets an aging,  provincial look with a sped up process by dipping paintbrush tips in a lighter color lighter then dab the excess on a cloth so the brush is almost dry, then lightly graze surface of corners, seams, or trim.
  • Reface – Make those old cabinets look new again by replacing the doors and hardware. You can do this for under $1,000. Can’t find doors you can afford that fit? Shop for the new peel-and-stick veneer, available at most wood working stores. 
  • Pull-Out Cabinet Shelf – Get more from your existing storage with pull-out shelf installation in all the base cabinets. 
  • Undercabinet Lighting – Nothing says modernized kitchen remodel than adding lighting under the cabinets! Even if you don’t sell you house, you’ll benefit from this upgrade. 
  • Butcher Block Island –  Give your kitchen that cozy, homey look with a butcher-block countertop table in the middle. This can give your kitchen a 19th-century style worktable that tones down the coldness that your metal appliance and stone counters create. 
  • Crown Molding –  This can make your basic cabinetry look like it custom made and expensive. 
remodeled kitchen

How do you update old kitchen countertops?

Here are seven ideas for redoing the countertops without putting a lot of kitchen remodel money into the project:  

1. A Concrete Marble Look

Marble is the look of higher-end homes and with this process, it becomes super affordable for a basic kitchen remodel.  Sand the surface, then apply a feather finish, following the instructions. Next, ,apply an even layer of  concrete. Once dry, go over with it 120 grit sandpaper. Repeat this process for two more layers  and you have customized countertops! 

2. The Tile Style

Apply a waterproof membrane over your existing countertop then tile away! 

3. A Layer of  Paint

Use various sized sponges and different colors of paint to create a  faux-stone countertop. With various tones, you’ll have depth and once you’ve got the look your happy with, apply a sealant.

 4. Put Your Pennies To Work 

Give your countertops a  unique look with mosaic copper penny.  Using vinegar and salt, shine your pennies and allow them to dry. Then spread glue over the counter and lay the pennies down.  Wrap the edges with wood or some alternative material and after you have all the pennies down, apply an epoxy to fill in between the pennies and dry with a hairdryer. Any bubbles pop up, poke them with a toothpick.

5. Chalkboard

Chalkboard paint is a beautiful look that every kitchen remodel needs to utilize somewhere. This functional coating is the simplest to use. First roll on a primer then your  chalkboard paint. Allow it to dry then roll on a matte chalkboard paint that is food safe and nontoxic.  

6. Contact Paper

On a kitchen counter? Yes, contact paper is an inexpensive and  great way to transform countertops. Clean the counters thoroughly and once they are dry, position your contact paper with as little seams as you can. With a credit card or a straight edge, flatten the paper down.  

7. Stone Paint

Today, you can buy textured spray paint that looks just like stone. Sand your countertop first then apply 3 to 4 coats of the spray stone paint product, keep the coats even, and finish off with a poly sealant for protections. 

If you’re confused as to what the difference is between a kitchen remodel vs renovation, you’re not the only one? These two terms are interchanged throughout the industry, but to clarify: a kitchen renovation is the restoring to its  previous condition.  A kitchen remodel is creating new within the same general area.  Depending on what part of the country you’re located, the neighborhood you’re in, doing a kitchen remodel to sell house can be a game changer that brings you a better price. Or it could be an overkill and you’ll lose money. Call 757-633-9949 today for your kitchen remodel in Virginia Beach, VA.

What is considered roof damage?

damaged roof from hail

Issues with a roofing system

Roof storm damage for a homeowner is a worrisome thing, structurally safe-wise and financially too. Even with homeowner’s insurance, you’re still going to be out the deductible, which can be pretty hefty based on what you choose with your policy. 

Yet, storm damage and repairs exist, especially during the springtime, even here in Virginia. Hailstorms and high winds don’t stop at the border of Oklahoma and Texas. Unfortunately, there are those storm damage repair contractors that “chase” storms and blow through towns to make a quick dollar. 

They’ll tell a homeowner whatever it takes to get prepayment and then never show up to do the work. Fortunately though, there are honest and legitimate storm damage repair companies too, and those are the ones you want to work with when you do have storm damage roof work to be done. 

However, even with the most honest roof storm damage contractors and companies, as a homeowner, you should know what legitimate storm damage is, and that is what we’ll focus on in our piece today. The informed customer is the best customer! 

How do I know if my roof has storm damage?

The roof on your home can be impacted by things you can’t stop, namely the weather. What can be a beautiful day in Virginia today can turn into a stormy nightmare tonight. The winds can get high, the cold front meets the warm weather and creates a hailstorm, and heavy rains can go for hours. 

Roof storm damage can be found on the exterior of your home , which we’ll review here. You can also see storm damage from the inside too, which we will review as well. The roof storm damage from the exterior will be visible by the following:

  1. Roof Shingle Granules  – An asphalt shingled roof, storm damage is apparent by a collection of granules in your gutters and downspouts, as well as in the garden and yard. 
  2. Clogged Leaky Gutters – If your gutters are clogged and leaking, it can simply be time to have your gutters cleaned. However, after a significant weather event, it can also indicate you have roof storm damage too. This is why monthly inspection by you is so important. You will know if that gutter was leaking before the storm or not. Clogged gutters will damage your roof if not addressed too because the water has nowhere else to go but under the shingles. 
  3. Broke, Cracked, Missing Shingles – Even from the ground, you should notice any roof storm damaged shingles. Stand back and with binoculars, see if there are any missing, bent, or curled.  Walk around your house, you may find pieces or whole shingles laying around, a sure sign of roof storm damage. 

The roof storm damage to look for on the interior of your home would be any of the following: 

  1. Water Stains – If you see any water stains on the ceilings or the wall, that can be an indication of a couple of a few things: 1). Plumbing leak from an upstairs bathroom, 2). HVAC condensation, 3). Roof storm damage. This will need a little more inspecting by a professional and if you have exterior roof storm damage, start with a roofing contractor. If it isn’t the roof, they will advise you if it the HVAC or plumbing and you go from there.
  2. Attic Problems  – The attic is a key place to look for roof storm damage. Even the smallest leak in the roof that you couldn’t see from the ground will allow an accumulation of water in the attic. This can destroy your insulation, rendering it useless, and goes on to ruin your attic floor which is the ceiling to the rooms below. Any damp or wet framing is another indicator of roof storm damage. 

What causes roof damage?

The Weather

First thing that can cause roof storm damage is storms, right? The weather in general is harsh on a roof, even when the weather is good. However, it is bad weather with hailstorms, high winds, and all that goes with thunderstorms do a lot of roof storm damage. However, cold winter weather isn’t easy on a roof either. 

If any shingle is broken, cracked, or curled, it allows the moisture from the winter ice and snow to get under the shingles and to the roof decking. Then that moisture freezes, thaws, the shingles contract, expand, and before you know it, there’s a leak. Hailstones may cause the worse roof storm damage, next to the high winds. Hailstones break shingles and the high winds that come with hail will rip them off the roof.

The Age

A roof’s age will catch up with time and become brittle and weak. Even a heavy rain can cause roof storm damage if the shingles have reached their end-of-life. Once the 20 or 30 year warranty has expired, it is time to get a new roof before you do have roof storm damage and your insurance claim is denied.

The Installation

Very often, a poor roof installation can cause roof storm damage because flashing wasn’t installed, shingles weren’t overlapped correctly, or the roofing contractor just did a bad job of using sealant where it was needed. When a roofing contractor that takes short cuts, the homeowner pays. 

Lacking Maintenance and Repairs

Yes, if you don’t take the time to do the standard maintenance of gutter cleaning, roof cleaning, and keeping even the smallest things repaired, you’re leaving your roof vulnerable to roof storm damage. 

What does hail damage look like on your roof?

Hail can cause major roof storm damage, and it usually is widespread, but sometimes, it is just in one area too. Hailstorms do not discriminate!  You’ll know you have hail roof storm damage by any of the following: 

  • Metal flashing, metal chimney cap are dented
  • Hailstone size cavities and dents in the shingles 
  • Lost and missing granules 
  • Broken and cracked shingles
  • Ceramic, tile and wooden shingles are cracked

If there has been a hailstorm over your home, the best thing you can do for your roof is to have it professionally inspected. A roofing contractor will get on top of your house and inspect the roofing up close, better able to see what you can’t from the ground, including what you can’t see from lack of experience. 

How big does hail need to be to cause damage?

Hail can be as small as a pea (quarter of an inch) or marble (half inch) usually doesn’t do any damage. If the shingles are old and brittle though, even marble or pea size hail can do roof storm damage.  Of course, the large the hail the more possible your roof will suffer from roof storm damage, which can be as small as a dime or quarter (between three-fourths inch to one inch in size). If the hail is golf ball-sized, bigger than one and three-fourth inch size, and up to softball size  hail of four and half inches, you can be sure you will have roof storm damage. 

Crushed shingles

What do I do if my roof is blown off?

This is certainly not simply basic roof storm damage, but it would classify as emergency storm damage. Repair or replacement is obviously going to be necessary, but first things first, evacuate the property and seek safe shelter.  

Then call your roofing contractor. If the roof can be temporarily covered, they can do that for you while providing you an estimate for repair or replacement.  Once you have your written estimate from the roofing contractor, call your insurance company and file your roof storm damage claim. Have the written claim, pictures, and any documentation you have ready to file with the claim. Call 757-633-9949 today for your roof damage repair needs in Virginia Beach, [wn-data field=state].

Is it Worth It To Remodel a Bathroom?

Is It Worth It to Remodel a Bathroom?

Bathroom remodeling can have a productive and valuable outcome. However, if you have a certain amount of money to spend on a specific home upgrade, you may want to know if it’s truly worth it. To discover more, please review the following list of reasons you could benefit from a bathroom remodel.

  • Your home’s value will significantly increase. When you do finally intend on selling your home, you will want to receive the most money you can get out of your biggest investment. With a highly-efficient and modernized bathroom, you can enjoy the benefits of your investment in the future to come.
  • You can reduce clutter. When your bathroom is out of date, it simply invites clutter. With a bathroom renovation, you can bring into the forefront your favorite features in the bathroom, and remove all the extraneous problems.
  • Increase your access to efficient hygiene. Would you like to install a bidet? What about jets in your bathtub? These components increase your access to clean, freshwater, which will inevitably benefit you in the long run.
bathroom remodel

What Should You Not Do When You Are Remodeling a Bathroom?

Remodeling a bathroom is a big project that comes with a lot of moving parts. Because this is the case, you should refrain from remodeling the bathroom with no plan. Please make sure to sketch out a plan or a vision board that includes references to materials, the orientation of the space, and an overall idea of the cost. You will want to stay within your budget, which is why it’s important to conduct independent research. Furthermore, ventilation will be an important aspect of the final design, so please make sure you implement a fan or double-paned windows that open and close. 

What Remodel Adds the Most Value?

Are you wondering what remodel adds the most value? If so, it will be important for you to review all the possible options at your disposal. Beautiful new marble counters are considered highly desirable to potential real-estate buyers. Likewise, good plumbing, nice toilets and bathtubs, are all considered to be assets. Overall, the bathroom should have both function and beauty.

Is It Cheaper to Renovate or Build New?

Are you wondering whether or not you should build a new bathroom from scratch? According to leading experts on the topic, the cost of renovating a bathroom is actually cheaper than reconstructing one from the studs. This is particularly true if the homeowner is able to retain the same basic orientation of the space, along with the mechanical systems and finishes.

What Home Improvements Do Not Add Value?

While it is true that there are a lot of great home improvements, it’s pertinent to remember that some improvements are better than others. For instance, wallpaper can seem like it is an asset, but too much wallpaper, or dated wallpaper, can have a negative impact on a future sale. Likewise, if you have a lot of niche design elements, such as quirky tiles, then it may not add the value that you need to truly bring in the big bucks.

Is Bathroom Remodel DIY

If you are considering renovating your bathroom, please be sure to consult with a professional plumber. In order to become a plumber, an individual must have years of experience, certifications, and one or more apprenticeships. This means that when you are remodeling your bathroom, a professional can step in and help you with all of your plumbing services. You will want to avoid unnecessary plumbing accidents, which can cut into your overall budget as well. A plumber can easily help you maneuver past such inefficiencies.

Is Bathroom Remodel

A bathroom remodel can be achieved on a budget. However, a general contractor or a plumber will be the best person to talk to when you want to replace a few fixtures and change out some of the layout. Going in with a good plan is always optimal. There are a few affordable ways to achieve a dramatic look for your bathroom remodel. These ways include painting your bathroom ceiling, creating an ombre paint effect, experimenting with bathroom wallpaper, and installing or removing shelves for organization purposes.

When Remodeling Bathroom What to Do First

When you are thinking about remodeling your bathroom, you should think about the order of operations. For instance, you will want to remove or demolish bathroom fixtures first. Next, you have the opportunity to install your new shower or tub basin, and then install new fixtures and features as desired.

Remodel Bathroom Without Removing Tile

Do you need to remodel your bathroom without removing the tile? You will be pleased to find that if you are careful, and with the help of a professional contractor, it is entirely possible.

If you would like to schedule a consultation for your bathroom remodel in Virginia Beach, VA, please reach out to us at 757-633-9949 today.

Is Siding Really Necessary?

Siding along house umbre tone

What’s the cheapest way to side a house?

Home siding isn’t just for aesthetics and the color theme for the exterior of a home. That is a secondary purpose of siding. What is home siding then? Its first purpose is to provide a layer of protection against the elements and provide a level of security.  

Siding is the first thing that is exposed to danger and weather before it reaches the interior and your family. It is for these two purposes that when you need home siding replacement and repairs, it is important to find a professional that knows how to install home siding correctly. 

Vinyl siding is the least expensive and most versatile home siding. Replacement pieces and repairs are easy to install and a DIY homeowner with the right tools can do the replacement and repairs. For the budget-minded homeowner, vinyl siding is the number one choice in this country. 

At two to five dollars per square foot, in some areas, even $1 per square foot can be found in limit, but with these low prices, you’re also getting a low quality, thin material. There is more expensive quality of vinyl siding that is thicker and more durable, which will give you fewer needs for home siding replacements and repairs. 

  • The pros of vinyl siding, this fabricated man-made material is made to look expensive, but isn’t. It can be the perfect look for a characteristic Craftsman architecture or a decorative Victorian architecture, and anything in between and beyond. 
  • The con of vinyl siding is that it has a short lifespan. It buckles, cracks, and fades easily and quick, requiring home siding replacement sooner than a higher quality material like brick or wood. The seams are visible, making it somewhat unattractive, and this isn’t an eco-friendly material. It isn’t from recycled materials and it isn’t recyclable itself. 

What is the easiest siding to install?

Again, vinyl siding is the winner when you’re looking for an easy install. In comparison to other sidings, vinyl siding cuts easily and can be installed quickly. Installing vinyl siding takes more prep work than some other types of siding but doesn’t require painting. There are several videos online that provide instructions for vinyl siding installation and some big box home improvement stores offer classes on the home siding replacement process, including siding replacement and repairs. 

Should you remove old siding before installing new?

When homeowners get estimates and quotes for vinyl or any type of home siding replacement, the cot to tear off the old before installing the new is the first thing they try to save money by asking, “Can you install the new home siding replacement over the existing?” or Can I replace siding myself?

With vinyl siding, most manufacturer’s instructions for installation have no specifics or state that installing vinyl home siding replacement over existing is acceptable. Other home siding replacements like engineered wood or  fiber cement will specifically state warranty is voided when installed over existing siding. 

Many contractors will not quote or install any type of home siding replacement job to be installed over existing siding. Why? Because of the possible damage under the existing siding  Often, the old siding you see on a home is there to cover up damaged, deteriorated, rotten wood. When a home siding replacement job is done correctly, that damaged and rotted wood should be repaired or replaced first. If it isn’t is will keep decaying and deteriorating, spreading its rot to the rest of the house. 

In regard to doing your own home siding replacement job, the manufacturer’s warranty should be considered.  For an inexpensive vinyl siding, there probably isn’t much consideration. However, other home siding replacement materials are likely to have stipulations in the warranty that a certified and licensed contractor needs to do the installation and any home siding replacement or repairs. 

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Does new siding increase home value?

If you are considering placing your home on the market, there are probably several home projects and repairs that your real estate agent will recommend. Which one are going to get you the more ROI though? If you’re looking at the exterior of your home and wondering if home siding replacement will bring you the right buyers willing to pay listing price, there are a few things to consider: 

  • The Condition Currently: Home siding is the first level of protection against fire, pests, water, and weather. So this means it is abused 24/7/365 and is in a vulnerable position and could look like it has been in a battle. If there isn’t a lot of visible damage that you can’t do your own home siding replacement or repairs, then get it professional power wash and be done with it. If it has a lot buckling, cracking, and is faded, then new home siding replacement is the better decision. 
  • The Timing Available: If you are going to need to sell fast because of a job relocation or other issue, there may not be time for home siding replacement. The time of the year will determine if home siding replacement is possible too. 
  • The Value: The current value of your home can be a factor in this decision too. A low market priced home, like $50,000, you won’t get your money back on a home siding replacement.  A home that is valued at $250,000 however, you will most likely get a hefty ROI your efforts. 
  • The Cost: Get a couple of estimates on home siding replacement and discuss the cost you’re your real estate agent. They can advise if the possible expense of $5,000 and up is going to be worthwhile and give you the ROI needed. 

Analyze the cost vs benefits, it is the numbers at the bottom line when it comes to deciding whether home siding replacement. A home siding replacement job can give you as much as 75% ROI, which will repay your expense.  If your agent suggest that it will bring less than that, it may not be worth your time and trouble.

To Start Things Off in This Quest, determine if your home needs new siding with these tips: 

  • The Overall Picture: Even an inexperienced and untrained eye will see that a home has cracked or missing sections of siding.  From a distance, look at your home and if you see significant damage, it is time for home siding replacement. If your home’s exterior is chipped, faded, or peeling, looking worn out and aged, then a home replacement siding job is needed. 
  • Growth: If your home has mildew or mold under the existing siding, a new home siding replacement job is a must. Not just for your home’s health, but your family’s health too.  Get anything repaired or replaced before having the siding installed to stop the damage from continuing. 
  • The Temperature Balance: If the air conditioning bill this past summer was much higher than last year, it could be siding is allowing the cool air to escape and hot air to seep in. 

As you contemplate new home siding replacement, refer to this article for reminders and tips of what to look for and to expect.  Your home is a large investment for your family future, making the right decision is important. Call 757-633-9949 today!

When Should I File a Home Insurance Claim?

A Homeowners Insurance Policy.

When should I file a home insurance claim?

When you file home insurance claims, you’re providing your insurance company information about the damage caused to your home as the result of a fire, storm, or some other unexpected event. Claims also detail exactly what happened and how much it will cost to make repairs or replace what was damaged. You file claims whenever you experience a loss due to events like fires, storms, tornadoes, theft or anything unexpected occurs. You should file the claim as soon as possible after the event occurs, but before you do file a make sure you know what’s covered in your policy, the extent of your coverage, and what your deductible is.

If you are uncertain about what’s needed or need to get estimates on repairs or want to ensure you get the full benefit of your claim, let the experts at Neblett Construction give you home insurance claims help in Virginia Beach, VA. We have years of experience with insurance companies and dealing with claims. Find out all we can do for you by calling 757-633-9949.

Does filing a home insurance claim hurt you?

While insurers may say filing home insurance claims won’t hurt you if the damages occur through no fault of your own, this might not always be the case. Insurers sometimes do increase rates, especially if you’ve filed several claims at other residences or at your current residence over the past five to seven years. When you file a claim it’s entered into the Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange (CLUE) or Automated Property Loss Underwriting System (A-PLUS) databases. These are shared with insurers everywhere, and a new insurer will check it if you change your insurance company.

How many home insurance claims is too many? While there is no magic number that insurers consider too many claims, the types of claims you file can affect your rates, or even make it difficult to find insurers willing to insure you. Non-catastrophic claims—theft, fires, even dog bites—will often impact rates more than filing a claim on what insurers consider a catastrophic event such as hail damage or hurricane and flood damage. Even just two non-catastrophic claims could affect your rates. Of course, each insurer is different and will consider your risk level in different ways.

Are home insurance claims public record?

Technically, home insurance claims are not part of the public record. But, insurers enter claims into databases like the Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange (CLUE) or Automated Property Loss Underwriting System (A-PLUS), and this information is stored for five to seven years. Insurers nationwide can use this database to determine risk levels, but policyholders can also request this information and contest any misleading or wrong, if necessary. In this way, a claim can be considered a public document. Information from these databases can also be released to potential home buyers or realtors but only through the policyholder, not the insurance company.    

Are home insurance claims taxable?

The benefits you receive from home insurance claims are normally not taxable. Claims on investment properties might be taxed if the reimbursement isn’t used quickly enough on repairs.

How does homeowners insurance pay claims?

Depending upon what kind of policy you have, home insurance claims are paid based either on actual cash value or on the replacement cost. Actual cash value means you receive reimbursement based on your property’s depreciated value. Replacement value means you’ll be paid out the amount it would take to purchase a similar item at current market rates. In both cases, your actual payout will also be affected by your deductible. If damages exceed the deductible, you’ll receive a payment from your insurer minus the deductible. 

Can you keep home insurance claim money?

When you receive a claims check, the money is yours to keep. Usually, the full amount you receive will be enough to cover expenses on repairs and replace property. If you end up paying less for repairs or for replacing property, any money left over is yours to use however you want.

Can you cancel home insurance claim?

If for some reason you need to cancel a home insurance claim, it is possible to do so, as long as the insurance company has not paid out any money to you. You will need to contact your insurance agent, give them your claim number, and ask them to cancel the claim. You will need to give your insurer reasons why you need to cancel the claim and you may need to fill out additional paperwork. 

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What is the most common homeowners insurance claim?

Homeowners file home insurance claims on a variety of damages. Among the most common claims:

  • Wind and hail damage
  • Fire and lightning damage
  • Water damage and damage from freezes
  • Non-theft property damage
  • Liability
  • Theft

If your home has been damaged and you need help with home insurance claims in Virginia Beach, VA, look to the experts at Neblett Construction. Our team has years of experience dealing with insurance companies, especially when it comes to resolving disputes over the amount of benefits you should receive. All you need to do to get help today is call 757-633-9949.

How do you clear a clogged drain pipe?

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Keeping your plumbing flowing

Even after doing basic clogged drain cleaning, when the water and waste aren’t disappearing, it is aggravating.  A clogged drain is a common plumbing issue that professional plumbers get calls for every day. From clogged drains in bathtubs, showers, and kitchen sinks. For a homeowner, they are a headache that can cause a mess and inconvenience. 

Clogged drains are not something anyone likes to deal with in the bathroom that has water covering your feet, rising on your legs. Or the sink fills with water as you’re washing dishes. Fortunately, most of these are easily fixed with basic home clogged drain cleaning. Sometimes though, that isn’t enough, and you need a professional plumber to find out Why is drain clogged and their expertise to fix it because of more significant issues. 

Clogged drain signs:

  • Toilet bubbling
  • Water backing up in bathtub, shower, sink, or toilet
  • Water is coming out from under the toilet
  • Bathtub, shower, sink, or toilet slow draining
  • The drain has an odor coming out
  • Water puddling on the floor around bathtub, shower, sinks, toilet, or washing machine
  • The sewer cleanout has water coming out

Any of the issues listed above are indications you have a clogged drain. 

What causes a clogged drain?

Professional plumbers usually find the following are common causes that require professional clogged drain cleaning: 

  • Kitchen sinks: Food waster, grease, and soap are the most common build-up in kitchen drains that are not draining. Many of these can be eliminated with basic home clogged drain cleaning. Sometimes, if the problem has been building up for a while, with grease being the biggest culprit, a plumber has experience and equipment to bust the clog up and get the drain going again.
  • Bathroom shower, sink, tub: The most significant build-up in this area of the bathroom is from dirt, hair, phlegm, soap, toothpaste, and skin flakes. Think about when you’re taking a bath or shower or washing your face and brushing your teeth. All of that is all going into the drains and are often causing the clog.  Basic home clogged drain cleaning will clear the matter before it gets too severe. 
  • Bathroom toilet: Oh my! When you think about what all we put into a toilet, no wonder they get clogged! The amount of human waste, along with toilet paper, is enough to clog any size pipe. Then add in the factor that many of us throwing diapers, feminine hygiene products, paper towels, and wipes, is there any more question why our toilets get clogged? 
  • Air Conditioner Drains: Most of us don’t think about air conditioners draining, but they do have a condensation drain and it is common for them to have algae, mildew, minerals, and mold build up in that drain, clogging it up. There are preventive things a homeowner can do, but if it becomes too clogged, a professional HVAC technician will need to do clogged drain cleaning for that area. 

Does salt and boiling water unclog drains?

If the clog is superficial, meaning it isn’t a deep clog, then yes, salt and boiling water is one method of clogged drain cleaning worth trying using the following process: 

  • Pour several cups of boiling hot water in the drain.
  • Pour two tablespoons of Epsom salts in the drain.
  • Wait 60 seconds, then add several more cups of boiling hot water. 

The mixture of Epsom salts and water can break up basic clogs of hair, soap scum, and toothpaste. Using this homemade drain cleaner is a method you could do once a month without worry about damaging the pipes. 

What is the best thing to unclog a drain?

It is going to depend on what is clogging the drain and how badly it is clogged. Any of the following clogged drain cleaning methods are suggested: 

  • Wet/Dry Shop Vac: Sometimes, you can suck a clog out of the drain by positioning the vacuum nozzle over the drain, create a tight seal, and with the vacuum on the wet setting, turn it on. 
  • Clear the P-Trap: Place a bucket under the P-Trap with towels under it. Unscrew the P- trap and using a screwdriver or some long slim object, reach into the pipe in both directions, and pull out any clog you can get. Clear the P-Trap itself.  
  • Vinegar and baking soda:  Pour a tablespoon of baking soda in the drain, followed by a cup of white vinegar, then boiling water. 
  • Alka-Selzer: Yup, that fizzing effect that makes your tummy feel better can do clogged drain cleaning too. Drop two or three tablets into the drain with 1 cup of vinegar, wait a few minutes, then pour in boiling hot water.  

When these methods have failed, you probably have a more severe, deep clog and need to try the following method: 

How do you unclog a deep clogged?

A clogged drain is frustrating, and it is something that we all will encounter at some point in our lives. Ordinary clogged drain cleaning methods will do the job, but sometimes, it takes more drastic action. If you can learn How to clean a clogged drain that is more than a household plunger or other basic methods can clean, the less you’ll need to depend on a professional plumber.  You’ll need to purchase an auger for the following steps: 

  • Step One: Remove the cap from the drain.
  • Step Two: Push the auger into the drain and turn the handle clockwise as you push it into the drain. You may need to adjust your grip on the snake as it is fed into the pipe.
  • Step Three: When you feel the auger hit the clog inside the drain, keep turning the handle and pushing. 
  • Step Four: Pull the auger up to break the clog apart, then back down, repeating this process several times while turning the handle. This process will break the clog of the drain sides and dislodge it, pushing it on through the drain. 
  • Step Five: Pull the auger entirely out of the drain.  Be prepared to clean up anything the auger brings out with it. 

What do plumbers use to unclog drains?

Sometimes, a clog is something you can’t clear with home remedies or over-the-counter chemicals. It may be severe enough that you need professional services of a plumber for clogged drain cleaning and repair. 

Professional plumbers will try the basic household clogged drain cleaning methods first, then the auger or plumber snake method.  If none of these methods don’t work, they will use a small camera that is on a long pipe and fits into the drain to see what is causing the clog and where the clog is located.  Next, they will use the hydro-jetting method. This method is using water at a high force to bust through the clog.       

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How much does it cost to unclog a drain?

Pricing varies depending on the type of clog, where the clog is located, and the market where you live. A clogged drain cleaning for a bathroom shower, sink, or tub, kitchen sink drain can average between $100 to $250. Laundry drains are more, averaging around $150 to $250, and a toilet clogged drain cleaning averages between $110 to $300. 

Clogged drains are annoying, and nobody will argue that. What most homeowners don’t realize, a clogged drain can also be an indication of something more serious. If the basic clogged drain cleaning efforts we have reviewed here do not work, you need to call a professional plumber. Their camera method will tell them if there is a clog more rooted into the sewer system. There may be tree roots causing the problem, or a busted drainpipe. When you need drain unclogging, Neblett Construction has the equipment needed to get your plumbing flowing again. Call 757-633-9949 today!

How Do You Update an Outdated Kitchen?

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Learn More About Kitchen Remodeling

Your kitchen can easily become a centerpiece of your property where many will gather for socialization, eating, and cooking. Updating the look of a kitchen will be able to add to the value of your home and will create a fresh and inviting atmosphere for all who enter it. With kitchen remodeling you may be able to add new elements to your space that create more functions of use while adding style. When you’re looking to have kitchen remodeling done with your property make sure to get in touch with professionals. They may be able to more properly secure the materials and appliances that you require for your desired end results. Before you get started, here is some general background information regarding kitchen remodeling that may be of interest to you.

What is the lifespan of a kitchen?

The lifespan of a kitchen is meant to last well over 20 years so that you can enjoy a certain amount of longevity before wear and tear happen. If you wish to update certain elements with kitchen remodeling you may expect to see extensions in use.

How do you make an outdated kitchen look modern?

There are many ways to update a kitchen to make it look more modern with common kitchen remodeling methods. You may update hardware such as cabinets or appliances such as stove tops. You may choose to change lighting to more high tech, classic, or elegant looks or even change the color ambiance. Using artwork can upgrade the look of the space while adding window treatments can influence lighting as well. 

How long does a full kitchen remodel take?

A full kitchen remodeling job can take anywhere from three to five months as renovations with plumbing, electricity, new appliances, products and finishes can be particular. Yet depending on the size and complexity of the kitchen as well as appliance availability the length of time may vary. 

What comes first in kitchen remodel?

The first step in kitchen remodeling is tear-outs and demolition. In order to create a new space, old materials must be replaced as they will become too worn or outdated from newer innovations in appliances or materials. You may also rip out anything you don’t wish to keep at this time such as walls, flooring, fixtures, cabinets, and more.

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What are the steps in a kitchen remodel?

  • Tear Out and Demolition.
  • Rough-In Work Including Framing and Plumbing.
  • Professional Inspection.
  • Finishing the Walls.
  • Install Doors and Windows.
  • Time for Cabinets and Plumbing Fixtures.
  • Bring in New Appliances.
  • Install New Flooring.

How much does it cost to update a kitchen?

Kitchen remodeling can cost several thousands of dollars and cost a few hundred dollars per square foot. Total expenses can drastically vary depending on the size of the job, the size of the space, the quality of materials, whether the lay out of the room will be changed, and more.

What is the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel?

The most expensive part of  kitchen remodeling will typically be cabinets, next will be appliances and then countertops.

How can I remodel my kitchen cheaply?

You may be able to have a more cost-friendly kitchen remodeling project by selecting the key elements you wish to change. You may also consider implementing small changes that make a huge difference such as with lighting or changing the handles of cabinets. You can choose to have accent walls or countertops instead of changing the entire space. You may be able to paint surfaces instead of changing materials. Ultimately, there are many ways that you can cut corners of cost with your kitchen remodeling.

Should I paint or replace kitchen cabinets?

Painting your kitchen cabinets can be a cheaper way to update your kitchen yet keep in mind that painted cabinets will build up grease and dust more easily than refacing them which would involve switching out doors and drawers while leaving the rest in.  

How can I update my kitchen without renovation?

You may be able to implements changes with your kitchen remodeling without renovations. Such changes can include taking away cabinet doors for open shelving which can display your glassware, cookbooks and more. In a similar vein you can update the decor of the kitchen with art, centerpieces, plants, candles and more.

Get in Touch With a Professional Company

Get innovative kitchen remodeling completed by a well-reputed construction company so that you may be able to have quality materials, appliances, and secure installations. Ultimately, you can ensure that your kitchen remodeling is completed well within your property specifications by getting services done with qualified workers. If you have any questions a professional company will be able to discuss your goals and make plans that will get the ball rolling. Get your kitchen remodeling finished and updated today so that you can enjoy a more modern aesthetic.

If you’re interested in kitchen remodeling in Virginia Beach, VA call 757-633-9949 with Neblett Construction! 

Can a water heater be repaired?

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Can I take a shower if my water heater is leaking?

One of the component of your home that can quit working at the worse time possible is the water heater. It will quit right when you step into the shower or fill the garage with water on the day your mother-n-law is coming for dinner. 

It is safe to bathe or shower with a leaking water heater.  If you have an electric water heater and the leaking water becomes a problem for it, the reset button will trip and/or the electric breaker will trip. With a gas water heater, if the leak gets bad, it will eventually fill the firebox, putting out the burner and pilot light and the safety feature will turn the gas off when the pilot light goes out. Don’t let that happen to you! Connect with our team today at 757-633-9949 for help with your water heater in Virginia Beach, VA.

What are the signs your hot water heater is going out?

There are reports of water heaters exploding, but it relates none to the unit going out. However, there are some signs of a water heater on its way to the scrap yard. As a homeowner, be aware of these signs and either call a plumber to inspect the unit or start shopping around for a new one.     

  • Discolored or Gritty Water: Inside your water is an anode rod, these will start corroding after a few years. When they corrode, the tank will corrode, and that corrosion discolors the water, leaving a gritty feel to the water. 
  • Unusual Odor: When the hot water comes out and has a rotten egg odor or a metallic taste, this can be cured by replacing the anode and cleaning the tank out. 
  • The Age: Every appliance dies at some point. Once your water heater has celebrated its tenth birthday, you need to have an annual inspection by a plumber. If the unit last fifteen years, it typically has reached its life expectancy.
  • Insufficient Supply Hot Water. A water heater that is nearing in age and/or failure don’t make as much hot water as needed, especially when you need a good water heater to fill a bathtub. This can be from sediment accumulated in the tank, its unable to fill with hot water. That sediment also creates a barrier over the heating element, making it difficult to keep the water in the tank hot. 
  • Noises and Sounds: A water heater should be quiet. If your water heater is making a lot of noises, like rumbles and pops, that is air trapped with mineral deposits and sediment inside the tank. As we mentioned above, replacing the anode, and cleaning the tank could fix this. 
  • TPR Valve Faulty or Leaks: There is a safety feature in every water heater, the temperature and pressure relief valve. It activates when the pressure or temperature inside the tank reaches a dangerous level.  Without this safety, you may notice your water heater smells like burning, which could be the prevent of the tank exploding. 
  • Leaking Tank. This happens when water is reaching its life expectance or from poor maintenance of not replacing the anode or cleaning the tank.  However, it doesn’t mean it’s ready for the scrap yard. Have a professional plumber inspect the unit before you buy a new one. Replacing the drain valve and cleaning the tank could fix the unit, giving you another year or two of using your water heater.  
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What would cause a hot water heater to stop working?

There can be several things wrong with an electric water heater when a water heater is not working. Here, we have a step-by-step checklist for troubleshooting. First step is to turn the power off to the water heater, then proceed:    

  • The Thermostat: Check the breaker and flip it back or if a fuse, replace the fuse. Next, check the reset button on the unit.  
  • Leaks: Check the temperature and pressure relief valve for excessive pressure, a stuck drain valve, loose plumbing connections. 
  • Discolored Water: The anode rod needs replacing, and the tank cleaned. If this doesn’t clear the water or there is a rotten egg smell, you need to buy a new water heater.
  • Noises: Flushing the water tank should take care of this by washing out sediment that is causing the rumbling sounds. It may be the heating element which a professional plumber can replace. 

What is the most common problem with water heaters?

  • The most common water heater issues homeowners have been: 
  • Not enough hot water.
  • No hot water coming out.
  • Water smells funny, like rotten eggs. 
  • Water heater is noisy.
  • Water leaking from the tank. 

What causes the reset button to trip on a water heater?

The reset button on a water heater can trip for any of the following reasons: 

  • Bad thermostat
  • Bad heating element
  • Water heater with expansion tank
  • Loose Wiring
  • High-limit switch 

Last Words on The Subject

Home in many cities has some type of backflow preventer on the main water line. It is then required by city law to have a water heater with an expansion tank installed. This is a small tank that attaches to the water heater’s supply pipe. The purpose of this is to handle any possible thermal expansion of water as it heats.