The Higher Standard

Serving Odessa-Midland and the Permian Basin Since 1947

As with anything The Darville Company does, we like to go above and beyond for our customers. Part of being the Higher Standard can mean being a little nosey (in a good way!). When you schedule a call, we’ll fix what we’re there for, but we also keep an open eye for other potential problems (like problems with your water heater). If we find something, you can be sure we’ll give you a fair evaluation and consult you about how to handle it.


One of the areas we often check out is the hot water heater. It’s an area you rarely notice unless something’s wrong. And very few homeowners flush it regularly as they should. Curing a recent call on a cooling system, we decided to take a look at the water heater.  Here’s what we found!

Gross, huh? As you can see, this home had a big problem and they didn’t even realize it. The mess you see was likely a case of a water heater “bursting”. The damage was limited to the closet in this case, but bursts like this can cause water damage throughout your home.


The photo is an extreme example, but there several warning signs that indicated something was wrong. Small rust lines down the side of the tank, rust bubbles around the bottom, or any sign of water in overflow pans are all indicators. If you’re hearing popping or gurgling sounds from your water heater – that could mean a disaster is coming!


The damage in the photo also shows that the water heater may not have been properly installed. Professional plumbing contractors, like the ones at The Darville Company, can check for problems and install a new unit if necessary. We are proud to carry Rheem Water Heaters, and you may even want to try a new Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters! Make an appointment with us today by calling 432-580-9675. The Darville Company is the Higher Standard!

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