Frequently Asked Questions

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Do you need some professional plumbing advice? Our experienced team at American Eagle Plumbing is here to help. Below you’ll find answers to the most commonly asked plumbing questions, but if you still need a hand, feel free to schedule an appointment. We serve all of Round Rock, TX, and the Greater Austin Area.

Can My Standard or Tankless Water Heater Explode?

Both standard and tankless water heaters can accumulate pressure and eventually explode if they aren’t properly maintained. If you want to lessen the chances of this potential hazard, we recommend scheduling regular professional inspections and tune-ups.

Two Water Heaters vs. One: Which Option Is Right for My Home?

If you want to use one water heater for your whole property, you'll find many modern units that provide a high enough output. However, if you only need hot water for one or two fixtures, two individual point-of-use heaters may prove more energy efficient. At American Eagle Plumbing, we understand that every property has its own unique needs. We’re happy to assess your home and make some recommendations.

Should My Toilet Waste Drains Be 3 Inches or 4 Inches?

The larger the waste drain, the less prone it is to clogs. That's why many older homes use 4-inch toilet drains, but if you have a newer, low-flow toilet, a 3-inch drain may actually lead to more flush pressure. The right drain size will depend on your toilet and existing plumbing.

How Often Should You Get Your Drains Cleaned?

We generally recommend having your drains cleaned at least once every two years. If you have a more sizable household, you may need more frequent cleanings. An annual inspection is an excellent way to keep an eye out for the need for maintenance tasks like drain cleaning.

Are Water Heaters 110v or 220v? Which Voltage Is the Right Option for My Home?

Water heaters can be either 110V or 220V. If you plan to use a single unit for your entire property, a 220V unit with a higher heating output is usually necessary. For point-of-use heating on select fixtures, a smaller 110V unit is more than enough.

Which Water Heaters Qualify for a Tax Credit?

If you plan on getting an electric heater, look for a unit with at least a 2.2 Uniform Energy Factor (UEF) to qualify for a $300 tax credit. Oil, natural gas, and propane heaters, on the other hand, need a 95% minimum Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency to get a $150 tax credit. We can help you pick a qualifying unit as part of our water heater installation services if you like.

What Are the Key Differences Between Common Water Softener Options?

Depending on your household’s needs, some types of water softener might suit you more than others:
  • Ion exchange: Ion exchange models can be effective at reducing your water's mineral content, but they require regular refills of water softener salt to remain functional.
  • Salt-free: Salt-free water softeners don’t technically reduce the hard minerals in your water, but they protect your plumbing and appliances from scale buildup.
  • Dual-tank: Dual tank water softeners use two tanks to ensure soft, treated water for your home 24/7. This option is typically pricier, but it might be a good investment if you have a larger household or have members in your family with irregular schedules.

As a seven-time Angie’s List Award winner, at American Eagle Plumbing, we work hard to provide quality customer service to property owners in Round Rock and the Greater Austin Area. Reach out to us at 512-626-8661 if you have more plumbing questions!