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?”
It doesn’t matter where you live; winter can often be an unpredictable season. This means it is important to make some preparations to your plumbing to avoid any costly damage. Here we have outlined some basic modifications you can make to ensure you and your plumbing are ready for this winter season.
Fix Any Current Leaks
If you’ve had a pesky leak going for a few months, winter is the time to get it fixed. Even if you think you’ve been safe from any leaks, check your pipes just to be sure. A small leak might not seem like such a big deal now, but that leak can turn into a frozen pipe during the colder months.
Prepare Exposed Pipes
Protecting pipes that are in unheated areas of the house is extremely crucial during cold winters. There are kits available at hardware stores, or you can get heat tape and pipe insulation. If you have any questions about preparing pipes, you can reach out to one of our plumbers for extra guidance. Continue reading “How to Prepare Your Plumbing for Winter”
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”
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”
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”
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”
Plumbing 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”
It’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?”
Water 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”
Regardless of the source of your water, contamination is a real threat in today’s world. Pollution, discarded chemicals, and so many other made-man components all threaten the health of the water that we use and drink. It’s important to remain aware of the potential contamination present in your drinking water, as well as the methods available to purify your water and protect your health.
Why Does Contamination Form? Continue reading “Is Your Drinking Water Safe?”