Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful
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Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!

Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

Why Is Your Water Rusty?

Lee Hunt

You rely on your home's water to drink, wash dishes, and clean clothing. So when you turn on the tap and the water that comes out is rust-colored, it's normal to be alarmed. This is not an outright emergency, but it is a problem you need to deal with promptly. Chances are, one of the two following issues are to blame. 

An Aging Water Heater

Is your hot water rusty, while the cold water runs clear? There's a good chance the rust is coming from your hot water heater. The interior surfaces of water heaters are usually galvanized, or treated with zinc, to prevent the steel tank from rusting. Eventually, however, the zinc wears away and the water comes into contact with the tank. The tank begins to rust, and that rust comes through the tap.

When your water heater starts to rust, it's generally time to replace it. If you ignore the situation, the rust will eventually eat a hole in the bottom of the tank, and the tank will start leaking. Hot water heaters hold 50 gallons of water or more, and all of this will end up on your basement floor if a leak develops. So find water heater repair services near you as soon as possible.

Aging Pipes

New pipes are generally made with copper or PVC. But in the 1960s, plumbers loved to use steel pipes because they were inexpensive and relatively durable. Like the insides of water tanks, these pipes were galvanized to prevent rust formation. Now, the inside surfaces of these old, galvanized pipes are beginning to wear out, and rust is appearing in water supplies.

Rusty steel pipes are not as urgent of a problem as a rusty water tank since pipes are thicker and take a lot longer to corrode. Ultimately, however, you will need to have the home re-piped. Your plumber will use copper pipes or PVC to replace the old steel pipes. If you do notice any signs of leaks, such as moist spots on the wall or mold growth, your pipes are already leaking — and you should call a plumber ASAP.

While waiting for a plumber to come to replace your hot water heater or pipes, try to minimize your use of the water supply. This will decrease the amount of rust staining that occurs in your sinks. If stains do appear, you can typically get rid of them with Lyme Away or a similar cleaner.