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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions for our Bozeman & Livingston plumbing clients

These sounds can indicate that sediment has begun to build up in the bottom of your tank.  As the tank heats up, it begins moving this sediment around and that is the noise that your hear.  This sound also generally means that it is time to give your water heater a little TLC.

Most water heater manufacturers recommend draining the tank about once a year to remove any unwanted sediment buildup.  This sediment can cause issues with the heater if left unchecked.  If you have any questions, please give us a call regarding our professional water heater repair or water heater replacement options.

It depends.  Hot water can cause serious injuries especially if you have children or elderly living in your home.  By law, plumbing companies can only turn the water temperature up to 120 degrees.  This is considered a safe temperature use in the home for showering, bathing, etc.

Water heater temperatures are controlled by the unit’s thermostat located on the the gas valve(for gas water heaters) or in the access panels(for electric water heaters).  If you are concerned about the temperature of your hot water, a licensed plumber can take temperature readings and determine if it is safe.  If there are any issues, your plumber can make recommendations to safely bring your water temperature under control.

Contact your Ranger Plumbing & Heating® plumbing professionals to discuss your specific requirements and safety regarding your water heating needs.

Unfortunately it means that the water inside your tank has begun to attack the metal in the tank itself.  Most water heaters come with anode rods to keep this from happening.  Generally speaking, rust is a good indicator that your water heater is in need of replacing.

We recommend calling a plumber as soon as possible to assess the damage on the water heater.  Remember that if that tank begins leaking, that is anywhere from 30-50 gallons of water waiting to get out and ruin your day.  If you have any questions regarding water heater repair or water heater replacement, give us a call.  We always answer our phones.®

These pinhole leaks are actually caused by excessive water pressure inside your home plumbing system.  This is a very common occurrence in municipalities with shared water systems.  Any pressures in excess of 80psi can cause damage to your pipes and plumbing fixtures.

You can get a pressure reading by placing a pressure gauge on an outside wall faucet.  If you see a reading of over 80psi, it is time to call a plumber.  A professional licensed plumber can install a water pressure reducing valve(PRV) on your incoming water lines to adjust the pressure done to safe operating levels.  Of course the PRV won’t fix any damage already done to the plumbing system but it will keep it from deteriorating further.

If you have any questions regarding PRV’s or any other plumbing repair or maintenance issues, call your Ranger Plumbing® professionals, we always answer our phones.®

Yes.  Regular maintenance on your sewer lines along with root treatment can be very effective at preventing most sewer backups.

Springtime is the time of year where many homeowners experience a vast majority of their sewer backups.  Roots can penetrate into your main sewer lines and cut off flow, causing nasty backups into your basement.  Cutting out these roots and then using root treatment is the only surefire way to stay on top of your issues.

If the problem is persistent enough, we would also recommend a video camera inspection of your sewer line to identify any trouble spots and take appropriate action.

Most likely your drain is clogged with hair, soap and debris.  Most of the time hair and debris will build up just inside the drain and can be easily removed.  This should significantly improve how your shower drains.  If you need professional assistance with your drain cleaning or repair, your Ranger Plumbing® Professionals are on call 24 hours a day seven days a week to serve you.


Of course!  We are happy to install any customer supplied fixtures.  Local hardware stores have a good selection of fixtures available at affordable prices and are an attractive way for homeowners to find their perfect home addition.

Keep in mind that we cannot guarantee the quality of these fixtures and unfortunately we cannot extend our Ranger® warranties to these items.

If you have any questions regarding the installation of your fixtures, please call your Ranger Plumbing® experts.

No.  We need to be able to stand behind each and every part that we sell to you.  Online retailers may have attractive prices but we cannot guarantee the quality or service we receive from them.

Ranger has spent years developing relationships with our local authorized brand dealers and we know that if you have any problems with any parts we sell, we will be able to back them 100%.  Your safety and the integrity of your home is our top priority.