1. Leave Plenty of Space Around Your Water Heater

    As a child, you most likely attended school assemblies on fire prevention and perhaps even visited your local fire station to learn about fire safety. You grew up knowing that plugging too many things into an outlet or extension cord could lead to an electrical fire, or that an unattended stove cou…Read More

  2. What Are the Benefits of a Tankless Hot Water Heater?

    Making changes to your plumbing can cause any homeowner to hesitate, since they may be thinking, "What will this cost up-front," and perhaps, "What will this cost in the long run?" Any update made to your plumbing will obviously cost something, but hopefully the savings that you experience down the …Read More

  3. Make Sure Your Water Heater is Prepared for Earthquakes

    While San Jose hasn't experienced any major earthquakes in a few years, they still pose a serious risk to personal property and home appliances. At Gladiator Repipe, we always secure water heaters during installation, because we want to make sure there are no water leaks, gas line ruptures, or other…Read More

  4. Is Your Water Heater Leaking?

    If you walk into your basement or check your utility closet, only to see a puddle of water around the base of your water heater, it could be a sign of a much bigger problem. It could also just be condensation, but if it's the first time you've seen such a puddle, it's best to call a plumbing profess…Read More

  5. Deciding Which Water Heater is Best for Your San Jose Home

    Updating your home appliances is always a time-consuming endeavor, but it doesn't have to be a stressful one as well. At Gladiator Repipe in San Jose, we're always happy to help homeowners decide on the best water heater, and will gladly explain the benefits of each model and the differences in fuel…Read More

  6. Water Heaters For Your New Home

    Building a new home is an exciting undertaking and as the new construction nears completion, you begin to think more and more about how you will enjoy your house. You think about the whirlpool tub that will be installed in your master bathroom and the state-of-the-art dishwasher that will effectivel…Read More

  7. Understanding Your Water Heater’s First-Hour Rating

    The last time we wrote about water heaters, we covered the appliance's energy factor and how to understand it. If you're researching new water heaters for your home, there's plenty of information to digest, and as plumbing experts in San Jose, Gladiator wants to help you make the best decision. Anot…Read More

  8. Update Your Hot Water System in San Jose

    It's never pleasant to run out of hot water in the shower, or not be able to run the dishwasher when the washing machine is on. At Gladiator Plumbing and Repipe, we've helped countless San Jose homeowners update their hot water systems by replacing worn and outdated water heaters with modern, energy…Read More

  9. Understanding Your Water Heater’s Energy Factor

    Your water heater's energy factor (EF) is determined by how much of the fuel from your power source – usually gas or electricity – is converted into usable hot water. The EF includes several factors, such as recovery efficiency, standby losses, and cycling losses. Obviously, the higher the energ…Read More

  10. Is Your Hot Water Too Hot?

    When people hire a professional for water heater repair, it's usually because the water in their home isn't hot enough, or the water pressure has dropped significantly. At Gladiator Repipe in San Jose, these problems represent a majority of the repair calls that we receive, however, there is the occ…Read More