What Happens to the Pipes You Don’t Use Regularly?

You may not think about them frequently, but the pipes in your home serve the essential purpose of delivering water exactly where and when you need it. Chances are that you use the majority of your pipes on a regular basis to take showers, clean the dishes, flush toilets, and water the lawn. However, if you have a sink or tub that isn’t used on a daily or weekly basis, you might be inadvertently leaving those pipes vulnerable to damage from an unlikely source: bugs! Continue reading “What Happens to the Pipes You Don’t Use Regularly?”

Just because Your Sewer Is Out of Sight, It Shouldn’t Be Out of Mind

How much thought do you give to your sewer lines? If you’re like most homeowners, probably not much! Sewer lines stay out of sight, so it’s easy to take their functionality for granted. However, since you rely on your sewer lines to transport wastewater from your home into underground sewer mains, the last thing you want to experience is a sewer line clog that forces raw sewage to come up and out of your drains. Remain alert for signs of a sewer line problem so that you can resolve the issue before it becomes a major expense and inconvenience.

Listen To What Your Plumbing Tells You

Just like the body is interconnected, so is the plumbing in your house. If you are observant, you may notice strange patterns starting to occur when you utilize different components of your plumbing. For example, your drains might start to gurgle after you flush the toilet, or your toilet might start to percolate after you run the washing machine. If these reactions start to happen, you could be facing a clog in your main sewer line or one of the secondary lines. Continue reading “Just because Your Sewer Is Out of Sight, It Shouldn’t Be Out of Mind”

Honor Earth Day Every Day with These Simple Water Conservation Ideas

Earth Day itself has come and gone, but the widespread desire to conserve water has not. Countless homeowners and business owners are eager to cut down on their water use to simultaneously support the environment and minimize their utility bills.Thanks to today’s technology, you don’t need to skip showers or eat off dirty dishes to save water. Instead, you can work with a professional plumber to install more efficient plumbing fixtures.

Low-Flush Toilets

It’s sickening to consider how much water is used through toilet flushing each day around the country. A low-flush toilet alleviates this problem by using only 1.3 gallons per flush or less, compared to a standard toilet that uses up to 1.6 gallons per flush. Installing low-flush toilets in your home can save a significant amount of money and water each year.   Continue reading “Honor Earth Day Every Day with These Simple Water Conservation Ideas”

Plumbing Manufacturers International Advocates for WaterSense

It’s all too easy to take clean water for granted as it flows from the faucet, but the truth is that it requires immense effort to deliver clean water through the pipes of millions of homes in America each day. Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) is working to remind Americans of this as the new White House administration threatens to eliminate the WaterSense program under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new budget.

For the past decade, the WaterSense program has provided incredibly valuable water- and cost-saving benefits across the country. Partnership in the WaterSense program helps to reduce the water consumption of consumers and businesses. In fact, WaterSense products have saved about 1.5 trillion gallons of water since 2006. However, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt doesn’t seem keen to keep WaterSense around. Continue reading “Plumbing Manufacturers International Advocates for WaterSense”

Your Guide to Hiring a Plumber in Florida

The pipes in your home are responsible for capturing and transferring every drop of water that you use. Even the smallest plumbing malfunction can cause you a major headache, especially if it prevents you from running the dishwasher, flushing the toilet, or taking a shower. This is exactly why finding a reputable, reliable, and affordable plumber in the Tampa Bay area is so important. When you make an emergency call at 2 AM or 4 PM, you want to know that your plumber will arrive quickly and complete all necessary repairs with expertise. This is equally as important in a commercial setting, where potentially hundreds or thousands of people rely on functioning plumbing each day. So, how can you find the best plumber for the job? Continue reading “Your Guide to Hiring a Plumber in Florida”

Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions You Need Answered

Plumbing is very easy to take for granted until it malfunctions and causes a headache for you and your family. While some plumbing issues can be fixed on your own, others require the professional attention of a plumber. These frequently asked plumbing questions are explained to help you determine your best plan of action when disaster strikes!

What Is Safe For My Garbage Disposal?

We all know the cringe-worthy sound of a garbage disposal that has hit something it can’t handle. It’s important to only place the food items into your garbage disposal that won’t cause harm.  Nearly any biodegradable food waste can be ground in your garbage disposal, but high-fiber content items should be avoided since they can become wrapped around the blades. Of course, never place non-food items down your garbage disposal like paper, rubber bands, plastic, or glass. Continue reading “Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions You Need Answered”

In the Middle of Basic Repair Jobs, Plumbers Can Work Miracles

Drains are only meant for water, but any plumber knows that a variety of other objects end up down drains as well. From toys to coins and hair, it’s very common for drains to become the final destination of many different household items. Nobody knows this better than Nicole Wade, who lost her wedding ring down a drain in 2007. Continue reading “In the Middle of Basic Repair Jobs, Plumbers Can Work Miracles”

Tips to Keep Commercial Plumbing Flowing

slide6Plumbing is important enough in residential settings where families rely on sturdy pipes to run water to showers and sinks, but plumbing becomes even more integral in commercial settings like restaurants and hotels, where customers will become incredibly disgruntled and inconvenienced if the plumbing fails. Since the quality of a commercial building’s plumbing is integral to its ability to do everything from provide clean utensils and wash the sheets to provide functioning bathrooms, plumbing prevention is key. Continue reading “Tips to Keep Commercial Plumbing Flowing”

One Year After Flint’s Water Crisis, Have Things Improved?

44187959 - toxic water running from sewers to the environmentIt’s hard to believe, but more than one year has now passed since President Obama declared a federal emergency in Flint, Michigan in regard to the lead poisoning crisis. A town hall held in early January 2017 aimed to shed light on Flint’s most recent water quality data. So the question is, in the year since Flint’s struggles were unearthed, has the city been able to more efficiently protect its residents from lead poisoning? Continue reading “One Year After Flint’s Water Crisis, Have Things Improved?”

Working Toward Lead Plumbing Clarity

lead-pipesWater safety and accessibility are major issues around the world, even in the United States where most people assume such problems have been resolved. As the Flint Water Crisis proved, lead is still a leading concern when it comes to water safety. Now, the EPA is working to implement regulations that will help minimize lead poisoning and keep drinking water safe for families across America.

Dangers of Lead

Humans have used lead for thousands of years. In fact, the first known mining of lead occurred nearly 8,000 years ago. However, Greek physicians discovered its danger, with Nicander of Colophon describing it as “deadly” with crippling effects on the human body. A different Greek physician, Pedanius Dioscorides, even noted, “Lead makes the mind give way.” Despite this and the fact that the Occupation Safety and Health Research Institute determined that, “Lead poisoning is one of the earliest identified and most known occupational disease. Its acute effects have been recognized from antiquity,” it took the United States Congress until the 1980s to formally ban lead as an ingredient in plumbing pieces. Continue reading “Working Toward Lead Plumbing Clarity”