5 Simple Steps To Flush & Inspect Your Water Heater Tank

It’s one of the largest appliances in your home, and also one of the most critical. Are you taking good care of your hot water heater? Flushing the water heater is a good way to help make sure your tank will keep providing hot water to your home for years to come! This is especially critical in the Odessa and Midland area, where hard water is prevalent and can wreak havoc on your appliances, especially your water heater. In this post, we’ll outline some steps you can take to protect your tank.


The first step in flushing your water heater tank is to turn off everything! Not just the water, but everything that’s connected to your water heater! That means you’ll need to shut off the gas and/or electricity that runs your tank as well. You can do this by shutting off the valves at the tank, and then shutting off the power at the circuit breaker.


Next, you’ll need to drain the tank. You can do this by attaching a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank. Once the hose is fully secure to prevent leaks, open the valve and let the entire tank drain. You can probably drag the other end of the hose into the street and let the water drain there.


When draining is complete, you’ll be able to inspect the anode rods. These are the metal rods that help keep your tank’s water clean. They should typically be replaced about every three years, but take a look at them to make sure they look ok. To check them out, you’ll need to loosen the cover and disconnect the electric lines. You can pull the rod out and look for signs of corrosion or damage. If they look fine, put it right back in the tank, but if not, make sure to have replacements on hand.


Water heaters are equipped with a pressure relief valve for safety. It’s a good idea to test the valve by opening and closing it to make sure it’s working properly and that it will open like it’s supposed to if there’s too much pressure in your tank.


Make sure everything’s back in place (including the drain valve!), and you can turn the water valve on and let the tank refill! As it’s filling, open the gas valve to prepare for the heating process, then flip the switch to turn the power on!


If you are in need of a new water heater, need yours serviced, or are considering a new state-of-the-art tankless water heater, The Bosworth Company has you covered! We can help you decide what’s right for you from our wide selection of options and top-notch service. Make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always.

Repairing or Replacing Plumbing In An Older Home

Midland, Odessa, and the surrounding areas have a wide variety of homes, some brand new, and others close to a century old! Some of the vintage classics may be in great cosmetic shape but may need work in some areas you can’t even see. Even if the original plumbing is high-quality, it still experiences wear and tear and will eventually need to be replaced – and that can be a big project! In this post, we’ll discuss a few things you should know about updating or renovating older plumbing.


The Bosworth Company’s plumbers are fully trained in state-of-the-art plumbing methods and techniques. These advanced methods are great for building and maintaining efficient plumbing systems – but they’re a far cry from the same techniques that were used for plumbing that may have been installed during the 1970s or earlier! There are sometimes instances where it just isn’t feasible to maintain an older system. In these cases, the installation of a new system is often required.


Back in the day, different metals were used for piping that may not have the ability to last as long as some of our piping does now. This can be a factor when repairs are needed, as plumbers may need to take a gentler approach when working on older homes.

If your home has truly antique plumbing (say 50 years old or older), there’s also a possibility that it could be difficult to find proper replacement parts. While this can present a challenge, The Bosworth Company’s name, history, and reputation help us secure parts of all kinds as quickly as possible!


The good news is that the older plumbing is generally a simpler design and easy to manage, but it makes it a little trickier to incorporate into a modern design. The Bosworth Company has been serving customers in Odessa and Midland for more than 70 years! Our plumbers have seen it all and can handle your home no matter the challenge!

Are you ready to repair or replace an aging plumbing system? Make an appointment online, or call The Bosworth Company today at (432) 570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always.

Protecting Pipes & Lines During a Renovation – 4 Critical Tips

When most people think of a new kitchen or bathroom, they’re thinking about things like sinks and countertops, appliances, and cabinets. These cosmetic upgrades are great, but don’t forget that it’s what’s on the inside that counts! Your new kitchen won’t be ready to roll if your plumbing and pipes aren’t up to snuff. And it’s critical to make sure your pipes are protected when you do decide to install your dream kitchen. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the important steps you should take to protect your pipes and electrical lines during the remodeling process.


The plumbing lines in your kitchen are critical to your entire home. Think about all the different water lines that run throughout your kitchen: not only hot and cold lines to your main kitchen faucet, but also a steady supply to your fridge, dishwasher, and any other water appliances. And don’t forget about gas lines to your stove! That’s why it’s important to protect them during the remodeling process.


A kitchen or bath remodel can leave you with a lot of construction debris. This can include sawdust, nails, pieces of drywall, and other items. These things should be disposed of properly. Don’t try to put them down a drain (or toilet) and presume they’ll just go away. Even something like sawdust can create major backups and blockages in your pipes!


Electrical outlets in your kitchen or bath need to remain fully functional for the fridge, microwave, and other appliances. Keep this in mind if you have any new lighting incorporated into your redesigned kitchen. You may need multiple lights, including over the stove, beneath cabinets, etc. You may even want to power some appliances via electricity and others via gas. Any changes to your existing usage could affect the functionality of existing outlets and lines (and your appliances, as a result). You’ll definitely want a licensed electrician to help sort that all out.


It’s also possible that gas lines will need to be adjusted. A ruptured gas line could be a major issue, and pipes going the wrong way can be dangerous.


At The Bosworth Company, plumbing is our first love! If you’re thinking about a kitchen or bathroom renovation, that’s always a good time to get your pipes checked out! Make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 570-5233. We’ll make sure you stay safe and help make your dream kitchen as functional as it is beautiful! It’s Worth the Call. Always.


3 Bad Toilet DIY Myths Busted

Having properly running plumbing is a priority for any home or business. Sinks, showers, and your toilet – they’re all important for keeping you comfortable. Many homeowners try to do as much DIY as possible but know there’s a time when we need to call a pro. In this post, we’ll take a look at what not to do on your DIY projects, despite what you may have heard.


Have you ever heard the phrase, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is”? That may be a good description of those tablets for your toilet tank. Homeowners think they can just drop them in the back of the toilet and never have to clean the bowl. That’s not exactly the full story. The tablets are mainly made of bleach, which can lead to corrosion and other issues with your toilet. You’re better off cleaning occasionally than constantly relying on these.


Speaking of things not to put in the toilet tank, another common myth involves putting a brick in the tank. The idea is that the brick will take up space, and thus save water with every flush. The problem is that each flush is smaller, meaning you’re more likely to have to flush twice, meaning you’re using just as much, if not more, water than you would have been. What’s worse, if you leave the brick in the tank for too long it could dissolve and damage the inside of your tank.


Just because a product is advertised as “flushable” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good idea to put it down the toilet. Toilets are designed to handle waste, toilet paper, and not much else. Some disinfectants or baby wipes may call themselves “flushable” but if you have another option for disposal, we would recommend it. Think about how toilet paper just falls apart in water. Since disinfectant wipes don’t do that (at least not easily) there’s always a risk of them clogging your pipes.


If you do get yourself into a bind, the experts at The Bosworth Company are ready to help with any of your plumbing needs. Our certified professionals have the tools and the products to keep your toilet running as it’s supposed to. Make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always.


3 Ways to Prep Your Plumbing for Fall

Here in Midland and Odessa, we’re still enjoying the hottest parts of summer! But relief from the heat is on the way. Before fall hits, it’s a good idea to get a few routine checks done on your plumbing system. In this post, we’ll offer some practical advice on what you can do on your own, and when you should consider calling a professional.


What starts as a drip, drip, drip can turn into a major problem – fast. Now imagine if you’re out of town when a pipe breaks or the flooding starts. If you have an end-of-summer trip planned, you should definitely do these easy checks.

Check all the water sources both inside and outside your house. This includes all faucets, sinks, showers, etc. Check the faucet itself, as well as for leaks around the toilet and underneath the sink. Even moisture in these areas can indicate a problem. Another hint could be a spike in your water bill. If that’s the case, you could have a hidden leak that will require professional help to find and fix.


Your water heater is something you rarely notice unless it’s not working. But you can help extend its life with regular maintenance. We recommend draining and flushing the heater once a year. This will keep bills low and water hot!


Have a drain that just seems to drain slowly? A minor clog will eventually turn into a major one, and leave you completely stopped up. This goes for bathroom or kitchen sinks, as well as showers and tubs. Take care of these issues now, before it starts to get cold. Chemical drain cleaners will break down the clog – but they can damage your pipes as well, and are not recommended for amateurs. If the clogs are recurring, you could have an issue with your sewer or drain line, which would require professional help.


If it’s time for some routine plumbing maintenance at your house, give The Bosworth Company a call. Our friendly technicians can answer your questions, show you what you need, and help get your home ready for fall. Make an appointment online or call us today at 432-570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always.

6 Signs It’s Time for a New Water Heater

There isn’t much better than a hot shower after a long day at work. But there isn’t much more frustrating than having that steamy shower turn cold on you before you’re ready to get out. If that’s a common occurrence in your home, chances are it’s time for a new water heater. In this post, we’ll take a look at six of the most common signs that it’s time for a new one.


Brown/rusty water: Sometimes water can appear clear when you turn on the faucet, but will appear dirty once it starts to warm up. This can be a result of rust inside your water tank. When the line starts drawing that warm water from the tank, the water can appear red or brown. It’s a tell-tale sign your water heater is getting old.

External corrosion: Rust can impact the outside of the tank as well. If you notice rust spots or corrosion on the exterior of your tank, that means you’ve sprung a leak. The leak means there’s likely rust on the inside too. Draining the tank will tell you just how bad it is.

Tank leak: Even if you don’t have any visible corrosion, you could still have a leak. Make sure to check the area around the base of your tank to make sure no water is getting out.

Bad taste: Excess contaminants from an old tank can also make your water taste less fresh. Your water may taste and even smell like metal.

Loud noises: If rust is building up in the tank, it can block passages and lead to strange noises or loud bangs coming from the water heater. It also limits the tank size, which can cause a rise in your bills.

Shortage of hot water: Maybe the water is rust-free, but it just doesn’t stay warm. As we mentioned above, this can be very frustrating when you’re hoping for a hot shower or bath. When the heating function goes, the water heater is useless.


You flush your toilet every time you use it, but it can be a good idea to flush your water heater as well. Draining your tank about once a year will help prevent sediment buildup. This is especially important in the Midland and Odessa areas, as the water tends to be harder, and contain more contaminants. Flushing the tank can be accomplished by a homeowner – see basic instructions in this previous post.


A good hot water heater should last from 8-12 years depending on a variety of factors, including how well you maintain it. If you’re experiencing problems with the heater and it’s more than 12 years old, it’s usually a good idea to purchase a new one instead of paying for repairs. If you’re not sure how old it is, be sure to check the label.


When you’re ready to go for a new water heater – or even try a new tankless water heater – The Bosworth Company has you covered. Call us today at 432-570-5233 or make an appointment online, and we’ll introduce you to the option that’s right for you. It’s Worth the Call. Always.

Commercial Plumbing Inspections

February’s snow and ice storm was a reminder for everyone that regular maintenance on your home is critical to your comfort and safety – especially in times of crisis. This is also true if you own or operate a commercial business. Closure due to a plumbing problem not only costs you money in repairs but also in lost business. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the reasons why  annual inspections are so important.


Keeping an eye on interior pipes will catch small problems before they get worse. Small leaks can often go unnoticed until it’s too late. Regular inspections will make sure they’re caught early.


Regular maintenance will help make sure that appliances last longer. Even if your business has fewer appliances than a typical home, chances are it does have a hot water heater. Regular cleaning, draining, and general maintenance on the water heater will extend its lifespan.


Even a tiny drip can waste lots of water over the course of a year, a week, a day, or an hour! We already mentioned the risk of structural damage, and excess water can lead to mold issues as well. Regular inspections will check for all these issues to make sure they don’t get out of hand.


Regardless of whether it’s at a home or business, sewage backups can be gross. No one wants raw sewage backing up in the toilet, sinks, or drains. Because businesses are likely to have larger sewage systems and longer sewer lines, it’s likely that it could take longer for clogs to show up in the form of backups. Routine inspections will help monitor your pipes and make sure they’re clear.


Most importantly, routine inspections on your commercial plumbing equipment will tell you if repairs are needed. And if you have a growing business, that means your plumbing is probably being used for more than what it was originally intended for. Take the pressure off your pipes, and yourself, by setting up an annual inspection. Certified professional plumbers at The Bosworth Company can handle all your inspection needs at home or on the job. Schedule an appointment online or call us today at 432-570-5233 to set up your inspection schedule. It’s Worth the Call. Always.

4 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Hot Water Heater

In the world of plumbing and HVAC, some problems are more noticeable than others, and some are more likely to send you searching for a quick fix. One of the things that no homeowner will stand for is a lack of hot water. A cold shower will often get you on the phone with a plumber right away! It’s quite possible that you need a new hot water heater! In this post, we’ll take a look at when it’s time for a water heater replacement.


A lack of warm water is a telltale sign that your water heater is getting old, but here are a few other signs that it’s time for a replacement.

  • Age: Traditional tank water heaters generally last between 10 and 15 years. Regular maintenance (such as draining it annually) can help, but 15 years is a realistic maximum age for your water heater.
  • Water quality: If your water begins to appear discolored or smell funny, there’s a chance that the inside of the tank has started to rust. In fact, that’s likely the problem especially if you are on city water. Here in West Texas, hard water can cause this to happen sooner than in other areas. If left unchecked, the rust will weaken the metal on the tank and eventually cause a leak.
  • Strange noises: It’s not unusual to hear your water heater turn on and off, but that’s about it. It should not sound like a roar or a rumble. If it does, that means something’s wrong with the tank.
  • Leaks: Once your tank is leaking, it is definitely time for a replacement. The leak will only grow and cause flooding if left unchecked.


There are two primary options when selecting a new water heater. Traditional tank water heaters are still around and work great. These days, another great option is tankless water heaters. They cost a little more upfront, but are energy efficient and provide endless hot water. You can’t run out of hot water with a tankless water heater!


If you’re experiencing cold showers, don’t delay! The Bosworth Company is a proud dealer of Noritz Tankless Water Heaters, and can set you up with the water heater that’s right for you! Schedule an appointment online or give us a call today at 432-570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always.

Noisy Plumbing

Depending on the age of your home, it’s certainly possible that you’ve heard strange noises. This can be from things like a home settling, but one frequent culprit is noisy plumbing. Each noise you hear from your plumbing could indicate a different problem. Do you hear a whistle? Banging? What about hissing or even shrieking? No, your child isn’t having a scary dream – more likely the sound is coming from your plumbing. In this post, we’ll identify those sounds and see if we can pinpoint the problem.


Sometimes the sounds you hear will change depending on whether you’re running hot or cold water. Hot water can cause loud creaking noises, especially in copper pipes. The heat causes the copper to expand and contract. That can cause stress on the joints and braces which lead to loud noises. These aren’t particularly serious, but the noise can be annoying.


The air in your pipes can be a problem in cold weather. If the temperature drops below freezing (a hard freeze, and yes, this can happen in Texas) the water in your pipes will freeze. The frozen water can trap air in the pipes. It’s not the ice itself that causes pipes to burst; it’s those air pockets that build up pressure causing the pipes to eventually crack. You can fight the freeze by fitting your pipes with insulation. In extreme cold, leave your faucets dripping which will help prevent freezing.


Airflow is the most common reason for noisy pipes. If the flow of air is too strong, it can cause loud whistling or hissing noises. This is especially true when the air is being forced through a pipe and mixed with water. The noises start when a faucet is turned on or a toilet is flushed. Though it can be annoying, this is not typically a serious problem.


There are a few things you can do to help reduce the noise. Swapping metal braces to plastic, or using foam to protect the pipes will have an immediate impact on reducing noise. These are relatively small projects, but they’re jobs that most homeowners wouldn’t want to tackle on their own. The Bosworth Company can help! Make an appointment online today by calling us at 432-570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always.

Hidden Leaks

A small leak can lead to a bigger one, and water damage can be devastating for your home. What’s tricky is that leaky pipes can often go unnoticed – sometimes for months – because they are behind walls or other places you can’t see them. In this post, we’ll explore some ways you can identify hidden leaks before they get out of control.


If you have water dripping or massive water stains on a ceiling or wall, that’s easy. You know you’ve got a leak. But what if you don’t know where the leak is coming from? For instance, sometimes the water in your toilet tank can leak into the bowl and cost you a lot of money in wasted water. To test for this, drop some food coloring in the tank and wait for 5 to 10 minutes. The coloring should NOT show up in the toilet bowl – if it does, you have a leak.


Unfortunately, identifying the source of a leak isn’t always that easy. If your water bill has spiked unexpectedly, you can start by checking any exposed plumbing inside or outside your home. That includes looking underneath and kitchen sinks, the water heater, washing machine, fridge, as well as garden houses. Check your water meter, too – if everything’s turned off, the meter should not be registering.


If you suspect a leak and don’t know where it’s coming from, call a professional. The experts at The Bosworth Company have the equipment and know-how to pinpoint the location of hidden leaks with little to no intrusion of your property. A DIY project of breaking through walls is NOT recommended. A broken or damaged pipe can cost you thousands if left unchecked.

And remember that all pipes will eventually break down over time, so it’s a good idea to get them periodically checked to make sure they’re maintaining structural integrity.


Give The Bosworth Company a call today for a free consultation, or set an appointment for an inspection online. You can reach us at 432-570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always.