June 27th, 2016
Saving water is vital not only for your household expenses, but also to benefit the environment. The average person in Orlando, FL uses approximately 100 gallons of water each day, most of it in showering, bathing, and toilet flushes. So if you have a family of four, that can mean using around 12,000 gallons of water each month. And that might be too much… because leaking plumbing in your home could be secretly stealing from you.
June 20th, 2016
If you’re considering replacing your old storage tank water heater with one of the new varieties of more energy-efficient water heating technology, we think you’re off to a great start. The conventional gas-powered tank water heater can still do the job of providing sufficient heated water to a home, but with so many energy-conserving alternatives that will do just as well at keeping your family supplied with hot water, there’s no reason not to look into them.
There are two very popular energy-efficient water heater models you may wish to consider: a gas tankless water heater and hybrid water heater.
June 13th, 2016
Drain clogs… they’re one of the unfortunate constants in plumbing systems. No matter how well you care for your drains, you’ll still run into clogs from time to time. But if you’re experiencing clogs more and more often, maybe you need to take some steps to help prevent them. We’ve listed a few below. If your serious clogging problem continues, you should contact professional plumbers to look into your drainage and sewer system to see if there are deeper issues that need to be remedied.
June 6th, 2016
One of the most frequent problems with water quality in homes is hard water. This is water that has a higher suspension of minerals in it than normal, most of which seep into freshwater pipes through the ground water. Hard water minerals include magnesium, gypsum, and calcium. Thankfully, hard water is rarely harmful for people to drink. But it poses a different threat to your household: the build-up of scale inside pipes and appliances. Too much build-up in the pipes will lead to a spike in water pressure, and the scale inside appliances such as the water heater can lead to permanent damage.
May 30th, 2016
The tankless water heater is definitely the water heater of the future. Every year, more and more homeowners and companies are opting to ditch the ol’ water tank and go with an energy efficient tankless model. In fact, one of our main installations is the excellent Navien tankless gas water heater. Customer really do love the huge advantages that come with a tankless water heater.
May 23rd, 2016
This is a piece of advice we give to all our customers—and to home owners in general: don’t use the toilet as if it were a garbage can! It isn’t equipped to handle the standard trash you throw into a waste receptacle, and it can lead to serious damage to your plumbing system and seriously inconvenient clogs. Any plumber can tell you about bizarre items they’ve had to clear out of toilets. We’ve collected a list from around the web of a few of the more odd things that have gotten sent down household toilets, accidentally or on purpose:
May 16th, 2016
You have concerns about aging pipes in your home, probably because plumbing troubles like leaks are becoming more common. It’s time to arrange to have the pipes replaced—either a few damaged pipes or all the pipes serving the house.
But what type of piping material should you choose to take the place of your older galvanized steel and iron pipes?
May 9th, 2016
The bathroom(s) in your house use the most water of any of its room. The toilet alone can account for 40% of the plumbing system’s monthly fresh water consumption. It’s vital that the plumbing in the bathroom remains in excellent repair. Leaks and other problems will waste enormous amounts of water and can rapidly create extensive damage that is extremely expensive to mitigate.
May 4th, 2016
Summer is here, and it’s time to get your home in order for the rest of the year. It’s important that you include your plumbing system in your summer cleaning efforts, since it needs upkeep in order to operate properly. There are plenty of professional maintenance and repair services available for your plumbing system, and we encourage you to take advantage of them as much as possible. However, there are also plenty of do-it-yourself projects that can help keep your plumbing system in good shape. Let’s take a look at some of them now.
- Completely fill sinks, tubs and showers with hot water, then let the full amount drain. This helps loosen up waste that may be built up on the walls of the pipes, so it can flow through the system into the sewer line. Be careful to avoid burning yourself, though.
- Pour hot water and vinegar into AC condensate drain line at each filter change to reduce clogs. Pour 1 quart of vinegar, then follow it with 1 gallon of hot water.
- Visually check for leaks anywhere you have water appliances in your home. This includes faucets, shower heads, toilet bowls, sink pipes, and the like. There is much of your plumbing system that is hidden from view, of course, and you’re going to need professional help to fix the majority of leaks. Still, it’s a good idea to get in the habit of inspecting your plumbing system as best you can.
- If your home has a sump pump, you can check to make sure it’s operating properly by pouring water into the sump until the pump turns on. You don’t want to find out that your pump isn’t working when you actually need it, after all.
- Turn on all the faucets on your property to make sure that water is flowing properly through them. If a faucet is having flow problems, it may be damaged in some way.
- Be sure to pour around a gallon of water into drains in your home that you don’t use often. This will fill the trap in the pipes, ensuring that sewer gas and such can’t make it up through the system and into your home. You shouldn’t have to worry about this with drains you use often, as they probably still have a steady supply of water to keep the trap full.
- Inspect your water heater to make sure that it is set properly, and free of leaks. Water heaters are placed under a lot of strain throughout the year, and it’s important that you repair or replace your water heater as soon as you notice anything wrong with it.
These are just a few of the many ways that you can help keep your home’s plumbing system in good condition!
May 2nd, 2016
You probably associate the word vent in your home with the HVAC system that circulates air around the different rooms. However, your plumbing system also uses vents, and if something goes wrong with them, it can result in serious trouble for your drains and terrible odors in your house.