Water Heater Repair, What Can Go Wrong?

It is understandable that people want to save money by tackling seemingly minor household maintenance themselves rather than hiring someone else to do it. When it comes to your water heater, however, that can lead to problems. Sometimes, very expensive problems.

Water Heater Repair, What Can Go Wrong?

Your water heater needs periodic service to remove sediment build up. Depending on your home’s water quality, this might need attention every one or two years. This build-up affects the efficiency and output of the appliance, as well as the life expectancy of the tank liner. The more build up in your heater, the harder the heater has to work to maintain temperature, and the quicker the lining deteriorates as that build up reacts with the storage tank itself.

The process of dealing with this involves turning off the appliance, shutting off the water supply, draining and flushing out the tank, and refilling and turning everything back on. It is also an opportune time for replacing or servicing parts of the heater, including the electrical elements or gas burner, anode rod, dip tube, thermocouple/igniter, temperature/pressure relief valve, and checking for gas leaks.

Some of the problems that can occur include the following:

  •    Dysfunctional Water Shut-Off Valve
  •    Water Shut-Off Valve That Starts Leaking When Operated
  •    Clogged Drain Valve
  •    Drain Valve That Won’t Shut Off After Use
  •    Clogged Drain When Flushing Out the Heater
  •    Leaking Temperature/Pressure Relief Valve

These direct issues and other indirect problems arising from the interruption of the water and gas/power supply are things that most are not prepared to handle. These problems can lead to requiring emergency service, or potentially lead to water damage in the case of a leak or clog, particularly if your water heater is on a finished level. Hiring a service professional, who is equipped to handle these scenarios, not only makes it easy for you but may end up being less expensive than trying it yourself. Contact us!

Three Main Materials for Patio Covers

If you’re in the market for patio covers, one of the things you’ll have to determine is which material to use. Patio covers come in three main materials, and each type suits different needs and preferences.

Three Main Materials for Patio Covers


Vinyl is a good, durable material for a patio cover because it doesn’t rot or crack like wood. It also doesn’t require sanding every several years. It does, however, only come in a few colors, and its color can fade throughout the years. Some property owners won’t choose vinyl because of its inexpensive aesthetics. You also can’t paint it to match a property’s color.


Aluminum is strong, lightweight, and affordable, and it protects well from the elements. Like vinyl, aluminum is durable and not prone to rotting or cracking, and it requires minimal maintenance. The main drawback to aluminum is that it retains heat, which can make standing below it in hot weather uncomfortable.


If aesthetics are a large concern for you, wood is a good material to choose for a patio cover. Wood boasts natural beauty and texture, and it’s available in many types and colors. With wood, you’ll easily find an option that matches your property’s decor ideally. You can paint it any color you like, but wood requires regular sanding and repainting to maintain its aesthetics. It’s prone to cracking, peeling, and rotting as well.

The professionals at Excellent American Painting can help you make an informed choice when it comes to patio covers. To talk about this subject further, please contact us.

What You Need To Know About Garage Door Staining

Whether you’re on a quest to update the look of your home, or just clean it up, garage door staining is a great way to help achieve these goals. It’s the perfect way to bring out the true beauty of your unattractive or beaten up garage door. Garage door staining is a fairly simple process, although it involves some very necessary steps in order to ensure that it turns out just right.

What You Need To Know About Garage Door Staining


The garage door staining process must always begin with a good cleaning. You’ll have to make sure that all dust, dirt, mildew, moss, and any other grime or particles of debris get removed completely. Not only do these things ruin the look of the door, but they are bad for it as well. Starting with a good, clean surface is absolutely the way to go. A pressure washer is best to use, along with fine cleaning supplies. If the door is new, sometimes sanding is all that’s necessary. And it’s important to allow the wood to dry thoroughly before beginning.

Quality Staining 

When you use a high-quality stain, your garage door will last for much longer and look much nicer. A professional will know which type of stain to use, whether a brush, a roller, or an air sprayer will work best, and how many coats you’ll need. They will also know the proper techniques in order to get the stain to go on as smoothly as possible and to penetrate as deeply as possible. Keep in mind that darker stains will last longer.

Contact us today at Excellent American Painting for more information on garage door staining. Let us help you give your garage door a striking appearance that will last for many years to come.