Don’t Let the Plumbing Terminology Confuse You

Ma’am, Your Escutcheons Are Bent and Upside Down! I Beg Your Pardon

The Goal
– Tile Vanity Counter
– Paint over apricot back splashBefore
– Remove “Tilt-out” wooden Laundry Bins
– Build shelves in place of laundry bins for additional storage and access to everyday – “get ready for work” stuff
– Replace Bathroom Sink Faucet
– Replace Deflector Valve in Shower so the shower will work
– Turn around Bent bathrub faucet escutcheons
– Install baseboards
The Before shots….

Plumbing Basics

Plumbing follows the basic laws of nature – gravity, pressure, water seeking its own level. Knowing this, you can understand its “mysteries” and make dozens of fixes to your home’s plumbing system. You can save yourselftime, trouble, and money!

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Some homeowners love to get their hands dirty; nothing gives them greater pleasure than working around the house. From landscaping to painting, many of us can relate to the do-it-youself enthusiast. But when it comes to plumbing in the home, you need to ensure that some jobs are taken care of by a licensed professional plumber who has the experience to do the job right.

Which Plumbing Jobs Should You DIY vs. Leave To The Experts?

Before you reach for your toolbox in search of DIY glory, make sure you aren’t biting off more than you can chew. And while it may sound self-serving, you’ll definitely want to call the plumbing professionals instead of attempting any of these repairs yourself.

 

Now that you know there are specific jobs you want to get a qualified plumber to do, just how do you go about finding that great licensed plumbing service. They don’t all work alike you know. The following article can serve as a guide to help you find a qualified plumbing agent.

How to Find a Good Plumber

It can be very difficult to find a good plumber. The very good ones are in high demand because they are all about their work and their customers. Sadly, some people want to cheat you out of your money, but this guide will help prevent that.

 

In the End…

A plumbing job is serious business and unless you really know what you are doing you probably shouldn’t tackle it. But you shouldn’t let just “anybody” tackle it either. You want a licensed professional plumbing expert who really knows what he is doing work on this type of job. That way you know it’s done right.

 

 

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Garbage Disposal 101 – A Repair and Replacement Guide

garbage disposal 101The garbage disposal is one of the biggest inventions of the last century. Ask any woman, and she’ll probably tell you she could live without many things including the Internet, but not the garbage disposal. Truth is that a garbage disposal gets a lot of use. It’s normal for a disposal to eventually have repair issues, and you can troubleshoot some of these problems before you call in a professional plumber. However, you have to be very careful with garbage disposal issues. Never put your hand down the hole, especially if the disposal is in the on position.

 

Garbage Disposal Troubleshooting

OK, before we start with any troubleshooting, I want you to promise me that you will please obey the cardinal rule of “Garbage Disposal Repair”. That is you will never put your hand in the hopper (down the drain into the disposal)!

That being said, let’s take a look at fixing this vital piece of kitchen equipment.

 

At some point though, your professional plumbing consultant may suggest you replace the old disposal with a new one.  At that point you’ll need to make your purchase based on several factors, and not just on price. The following can serve as a guide when buying a new garbage disposal.

6 Tips for Choosing a Garbage Disposal

There’s no doubt that it’s very useful to have a garbage disposal in your kitchen. However, you need to be sure that you choose the right garbage disposal for your own specific requirements. When you look for a garbage disposal, you will find that there are many models available. Finding the right garbage disposal is quite easy once you know a little bit about them. Remember, as always, that cheap isn’t always the best choice.

 

Can’t Live Without One

A garbage disposal may be hidden, but it’s still one of the most important appliances in your kitchen. When it comes to fixing it, you’re probably better off calling in a professional plumbing service repairman. Working with disposals can be a bit dangerous, so you don’t really want to tackle this as a DIY project. Besides a professional can also tell you when it’s just not worth it to keep repairing your old disposal, and he can even make suggestions for  a new one.

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Toilet Smells – How to Get Rid of Them

Why Does My Toilet Smell Bad?

If you regularly clean your toilet and still smell bad odors in the room, you might have plumbing problems. You may be able to fix the problem yourself or you may need to call a professional plumber. Some common problems include a buildup of biofilm and mold, and lack of water in plumbing fixture traps. With any of these problems, the odors of the decaying waste in the sewer or septic systems may be emitted though the toilet.

How do you replace a seal under a toilet?

 This really is a good do-it-yourself project because it isn’t hard and you can head off damage if you replace the seal as soon you can, rather than waiting for a plumber. You can do the task with a little bit of knowledge and some fairly simple steps.

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The Tankless Water Heater – Not a Choice Any Longer

Americans represent 5% of the world’s population, yet we generate 30% of the world’s waste.  We throw away 1 million pounds of waste per year, and if we add in the waste water to the landfilled material, the CO2 gas emitted, and the billions of pounds of polystyrene peanuts, we’d come up with a grand total of 250 trilliion pounds of waste, of which, only 2% of this total waste is ever recycled.

This is a horrible fact, so don’t you think it’s time to start doing something about your environment. It’s going to take the effort of every American and every household to turn around the greenhouse effect… and the best place to start is at home.

How Can You Help?

Every time you buy an appliance or fixture for your home make sure it is an energy efficient one.  We need products that save water, energy, electricity and cost less to make. We need to recycle whenever possible, so one of the best ways to do your part is by installing an on demand water heater.

How does it work? Tankless water heaters deliver hot water as it is needed, eliminating the need for storage tanks.

The instant hot water heater is not a new idea. It  is the chosel water heating method in much of Europe and Japan. But these systems are only recently gaining popularity in the U.S. The only reason it hasn’t been widely used as yet, is because of the initial higher cost.

The Tankless Water Heater Guide has information about Tankless Water Heateroperation, selection, requirements, installation, maintenance and manufacturers. 

Why Should I Make The Switch?

Primarily you should make the choice because it offers a fabulous way of supplying hot water to your home, but in a very ecofriendly way. It prevents water and energy loss. But there is also an added benefit to a  tankless water heater installation.  It costs less to maintain. Tankless water heaters last about 10 years longer than a more conventional heater. They take up less space and offer an unlimited amount of hot water. The only down side to tankless water heaters, is that they have a higher out of pocket expense and installation charge.

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Water Efficiency – Why We Should All Care

 

water saving

Although in the U.S. you can turn on the faucet and expect great gushes of water to flow out, this isn’t the case everywhere. There are places in the world where people have to wait for days or even months for water to flow through their home pipes. Some people have no indoor plumbing and must walk for miles to get clean water.

While you may feel this doesn’t affect you too badly here in the U.S. where water seems to be plentiful, you may have to worry about it over the next few years.  Statistics show that droughts in the West and midwest states is increasing. This is caused by the climatic changes we have experienced in the last few years.

“Well, I live in Florida, so I don’t have to worry about water, right?” This may be a question you ask yourself. But over the next 10 to 15 years we may all have to seriously take into consideration water conservation. So why worry about it then? Why not worry about it now? We should all worry about saving water and there are several ways we can all do our part.

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Kat Snow collects shower water because it always takes five or 10 seconds to heat up.

It’s All About Saving

We’ve seen that saving even the least amount of water can help. After all, if someone in Africa can walk a mile for a bucket of clean water, we can save a bucket of the clear stuff while we wait for the water to heat in the shower.  Once you start saving water and using water saving products, you’ll see how much water and energy you once wasted.

We all need to do our part, and that means calling in a professional plumber to help install water efficient plumbing fixtures, water heaters and other products.  Yes, you may have to pay a higher initial price, but over the long run you will save money and save the planet. In some cases, we can even save water using eco-friendly tasks such as harvesting rain water.

 

Harvesting Rainwater for Residential Water Security | Eartheasy Blog

We had been drinking water from our rural well for about two years when we decided to have it tested. It turned out that our water had 300 times the iron recommended for human use. That sent us to our roof and the collection …

 

Bottom Line

There are so many ways to conserve water and we should all participate in saving this vital liquid. It is possible. No matter where you live, whether in the country or in the city, you can do your part in saving water, and keeping it plentiful for everyone.

 

 

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A Guide On Hot Water Heater Installation

hot water heater installationYou have to be well-informed and ready if you’re aiming for a new hot water heater installation for your home. Aside from the budget, there are a lot of things that you have to mull over. So to guide you in this process and give you some ideas on what the project really entails, read on and learn some valuable information!

Selection

Selecting the type of water heater you’ll buy is fairly easy. First of all, how would you like to power it up? Will you choose gas or electric? If you own an old water heater, go for the same fuel type. If this is your first time to have one installed, you should consider your budget for the operation. Gas is supposedly cheaper than electricity. Another factor to think about is whether you’ll go for a tank-type or a tankless one. Tankless heaters take less space and only produce hot water on demand. As experts say, this kind of heating equipment produces less energy loss. But if you’ll choose this kind, would you have the budget for the upfront cost? Last but not the least, what’s your household demand for hot water? Will a small tank suffice for your family? Should you go for a bigger one?

Plumbing Check

If you previously had a water heater at home, your plumbing may have been appropriately set up. But just to make sure everything’s fine and in place, you can have it checked by a reputed plumbing expert. This way, the lines will all be ready when the new water heater arrives.

Preparation

A tank-type water heater isn’t really light. A single person won’t be able to carry it from the delivery truck to its set-up location on his own. So make sure that if you’ll do the installation yourself, you have some people who can assist you. It will also be wise to have an appliance dolly around to avoid hurting your back or prevent accidents that result from carrying the system.

Installation

1. Turn off the utilities to your old water heater. This means that you have to shut off the water supply as well as gas and electricity.

2. Drain your old heating system. Flush the tank to get rid of the water.

3. Disconnect all the utility lines.

4. Remove the old water heater and clean up the area. Put the new system in place and level it until it’s standing straight (for tank-type heaters).

5. Install the new fittings.

6. Connect the utility lines beginning with the water supply first. Connect the fuel source afterwards.

7. If you’ve chosen a gas water heater, attach the exhaust flue.

8. Turn on the system and test it.

We hope that we’ve given you valuable information about hot water heater installation. And should you need a water heater installation service, make sure that you’ll hire the most trusted Miami FL plumber! That’s us, Plumbers 911 Florida! We also deliver outstanding services such as water heater repair in Miami, plumbing installation and many more! Call us now at 305-662-0668 (Miami-Dade), 954-468-0512 (Broward) or 561-327-6287 (Palm Beach)!

Torn between a tank-type and tankless hot water heater? Watch this video to learn more about them!

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