Why can’t I flush my wipes?

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wipes I’m here to tell you why you don’t want to flush those so called disposable/flushable wipes. I don’t care if the box says safe to flush, or biodegradable. Why do you suppose the wipes manufactures are so nonchalant about putting it out there that these are safe to flush? Hello it’s a $6 billion dollar a year industry! I’m not saying that disposable wipes don’t do the job they are intended for and that they aren’t damn convenient. What I’m saying is Plumbers everywhere are getting rich off those who choose to blindly believe that it’s safe to flush these wipes down the drain.

I just watched another U tube video posted by one of the wipes manufactures showing how after 35 hours in a slosh tank their product began to break up into pieces, really, last time I checked there is no plumbing system or septic tank that rocks back and forth for 35 hours when you flush your toilet!

The issue from a plumbers perspective is that not all plumbing systems are created in a laboratory environment and therefore they are not all perfectly smooth inside. Combined with the mandatory 1.6 gallon per flush toilets (soon to be 1.28gpf) and there just isn’t always enough water to push these wipes out of your home or building. Add a rough spot here or there for something to catch on and that’s a surefire receipt for a stoppage.

The easiest solution is to have a trash can lined with a plastic bag handy beside your toilet to dispose of your wipes. What’s that you say, you’ve been using them for awhile and never had a problem, well it’s like spinning the roulette wheel. Today you win a little, tomorrow we win a lot.

Click on the “Contact Us” tab. Type in your info and in the request * box put send me my “I flushed my disposable wipes and now I have a clogged drain” coupon and get your lines cleared today!

 

Why everyone should have our plumbing maintenance program

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plumbing maintenanceA plumbing maintenance program is the key to avoiding serious plumbing related problems. Everybody’s plumbing system needs to be maintained to keep it in tip top operating condition. Your water heater needs to be flushed to remove sediment, aerators need to be cleaned, toilets need to be adjusted, plumbing fixtures need to be checked regularly for small leaks that can turn into big leaks and washing machine hoses need to be checked for signs of failure.

With our Diamond Club plumbing maintenance program, for $7.95 per month, you will get all that and much more. Once each year one of our Certified Service Technicians will give your home a thorough plumbing maintenance inspection. A few of items on the check list include:

* All of your toilets are checked and tested for leaks and smooth operation. Any needed adjustments are free.

* All of your faucets are tested and must past a rigid “Performance Test”.

* All exposed water lines are checked for any damage.

* All of the plumbing under your bathroom and kitchen sinks are checked for any sign of potential water damage.

* All of your drains are checked above and below sinks for leaks and clogs.

* Your washing machine hoses and valves are thoroughly checked and tested.

* Your water heater is checked for safety, leaks and signs of corrosion.

As a member you’ll go to the front of the line and to the top of our appointment book if you ever need plumbing service.

You’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of any unadvertised special we offer. What’s more, you get a discount should you need us for any plumbing maintenance or repairs.

Your plumbing maintenance membership is FREE for the first 30 months. We accumulate the $7.95 per month that you pay and give it back to you as a credit that you can apply towards any future service or product you purchase from us.

Click on the “Contact Us” tab, type in your info and in the your request * box put send me my Diamond Club deal coupon and get your plumbing maintenance started today!

Should you be worried about water?

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waterWater equals life. Without it we would not exist. It is our most precious resource, yet it is taken for granted. What do we expect? We expect that when we turn that faucet on, water will come out! Not just any water, but clean safe water. We are truly blessed to live in the United States of America (In God we trust) because 1/3 of the worlds population has no clean water to drink. While the average American uses 2000 gallons a day. 95% of the water we use is hidden in the food we eat, energy we use and products we buy.

 

 

 

 

 

CALL NOW if you’re worried about your water 386-774-8080

Burst washing machine hoses

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hosesBurst washing machine hoses are at the top of the list for the most common cause of catastrophic damage in homes.

With today’s high tech washers and even older models the water cycles on and off during the filling process. This causes water hammer that sends shock waves through you plumbing systems water pipes. The hoses that connect the water source to your washing machine take the brunt of this hammering.

As we all know when rubber ages , it loses it’s flexibility. Eventually your rubber hoses will fail! We recommend to all our clients that they immediately change their washing machine hoses from rubber to stainless steel.

Call now if you have rubber washing machine hoses 386-774-8080

How to keep your water well healthy and avoid costly repairs

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Classic symptoms of water well ailments:water well

1) Declining production. Mineral scale and bacterial growth plug the well intake, including the screen, decreasing the well output.

2) Red water. Your well is probably infected with iron bacteria, which can corrode the well casing and pump.

3) Rotten egg smell. This odor indicates the presence of sulfate reducing bacterial growth and hydrogen sulfide gas, which corrodes water well, screens, plumbing and fixtures.

4) Cloudy or muddy water. This condition is usually caused by bacterial slime buildup in the well.

5) Higher electric bills. Mineral deposits that lead to loss of well capacity and increasing pump lift demands will make your water well more expensive to operate.

6) A different taste or smell. A change in taste or smell may be caused by large populations of anaerobic bacteria in the bottom of the well, which can result in water well and pump deterioration.

No one can afford to be without water. If your well displays any of six classic systomsAnnual checkup and well cleaning are good preventive medicine. You can make your well more productive and add years to its life

CALL NOW if your water well has any of these problems 386-774-8080

The top Ten reasons to buy a water heater from a Licensed Professional Plumbing Installer

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When it’s time for a new water heater; calling a professional may be the smartest thing you could ever do!water heater

Here are 10 reasons why we believe every consumer should hire a Licensed Plumber to install a new water heater:

1) We believe in the Best for you! We know how well water heaters can work and how safe they can be when properly installed. We also know the dangers of bad installations.

2) Codes have changed. Heaters built today must comply with the new energy standards. A professional keeps up to date on code changes so he can choose the right product to meet these requirements now and in the future.

3) As your family grows so does your need for more hot water. A Professional Plumber can recommend the water heater that will best fit your needs.

4) A safe water heater is installed by a professional Plumber. A licensed plumber has the knowledge, skill and experience to get the job done right. Your peace of mind – Priceless!

5) Professional Licensed Plumbers stand behind their work. When your water heater is installed by a Licensed Plumber you can count on them to be there to back up their work and shoulder the responsibility that comes with the job.

6) Trouble shooting is for the experienced Licensed Plumber. We can determine quickly and efficiently what the problem is with your water heater and explain all your options.

7) A Licensed Professional Plumber does a complete job. We will deliver and carefully handle your new water heater, properly install the new one and remove the old water heater from your home.

8) The professional knows the importance of a properly installed T&P valve. The temperature and pressure relief valve opens to relieve pressure. Improper installation can cause damage to the water heater or a dangerous build-up of pressure in the tank that could cause an explosion.

9) A Licensed Plumber understands thermal expansion. Is your water system an open or closed? A professional will know when to add an expansion tank to your system.

10) A Licensed Plumber has the education and experience. Installing water heaters is one of the things we do for a living. When we come to your home we know exactly what to do.

CALL NOW if you need help with your water heater 3786-774-8080 

What every Homeowner needs to know about the hidden danger in their home’s water quality!

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Why did the United States Government issue a cancer warning to Americans about our water quality? water quality

Most people believe that their water quality is OK. It might smell a little bad or taste a little funny, but they still believe that it’s mostly OK! Those people are wrong! The water in our homes gets absorbed into our bodies through drinking, cooking, cleaning, bathing, and showering.

The Danger is Real! The problem is so bad that in 2010 the U.S. Government issued President’s Cancer Panel Report had this to say about our water quality (http://www.ewg.org/news/news-releases/2010/05/06/president%E2%80%99s-cancer-panel-warns-public-chemical-dangers). They finally admitted the chlorine, contaminants, carcinogens and pollutants are attacking  our water quality and causing Cancer.

If you won’t listen to your Plumber listen to the U.S. Government, they are telling all Americans to install a water filtration system in their home to improve the water quality and reduce their risk of cancer!

If you think you are  safe because you drink bottled water, you’re fooling yourself. Dangerous chemicals can leach from the plastic into the water compromising the water quality. In addition to the health hazards associated with bottled water, the average person spends more for a gallon of bottled water than they do for gas. Merely avoiding drinking tap water by indulging in bottled water is not an effective means of protection. There are over 2100 known contaminants that can make their way into our bodies not just from drinking the actual water but also from inhalation and dermal absorption.

The convenience of bottled water and water quality is out of control! You have a choice to make. You can continue to pay outrageous amounts for questionable water quality, or you can invest in a quality whole house water treatment  system that will deliver the clean water you deserve.

Call Now and we can help solve your water quality problem 386-774-8080

We can make your well water smell better!

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Is your well water smelly? Do you get iron stains on your toilets and everything else your waterwell water touches? Eventually the well water will stain clothes and even cause towels to smell when they get wet and clothes will also smell when you sweat in them.

The solution to this problem is to have us install a chlorinator. This requires several components to be installed. The chlorinator sits on top of a 30 gallon  solution tank and beside that sits a 120 gallon contact tank. The chlorinator injects a diluted chlorine solution into the incoming line which goes into the contact tank before coming out as chlorinated well water.

Now that it’s chlorinated we need to run it through a water softener and a carbon filter to remove all the chlorine and leave you with fresh clean water.

You can expect to invest about $5,000.00 for a complete well water system.

CALL NOW if you need help with your well water 386-774-8080

My ac drain pipe is clogged

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ac drainHow do you unclog your ac drain pipe? I found out the hard way how to unclog my ac drain! I came home from work last Friday to my ac blowing warm air. My air handler was running inside, but the condensing unit outside was not working. Aside from changing the filter once a month, I have had a note to clean out the ac drain line sitting on my desk in the to do pile for several months.

Immediately I’m thinking… the condensate line is clogged. Fortunately my unit has an inline safety switch that keeps the condensing unit from running when the ac drain is clogged. Now I’m sure there are other ways to clean out the drain line, I chose to cut the line apart and connect a hose directly to it and flush it out. This requires a coupling and some glue to repair, which was no problem for me, I am a plumber. I have also heard you can use a wet vac to suck the crud from the discharge line outside. The ac drain is one of those homeowner maintenance things that always gets overlooked!

I called Darcy at Comfort Service in DeLand 386-736-1426 to get a custom made aluminum frame approx $25.00 for my ac unit that has replaceable filter material. These are far superior to the disposable filters you can by at the local hardware or big box stores. You get a superior product and they are less than 5 bucks a filter.

CALL NOW if you need help cleaning out your ac drain 386-774-8080

Benefits of hot water recirculation

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hot waterDo you find yourself standing idly by waiting for the hot water to get to your faucet? Meanwhile you are watching the cold water going down the drain, until finally the water begins to get warm. This is due to water trapped in the piping between the heat source and the fixture. When there is no demand the once hot water cools down to ambient temperature very quickly.

Adding hot water recirculation in an existing home can put an end to this waiting madness. By adding a pump with a button or even a motion sensor you can get hot water to your faucet super fast without wasting water.

 

 

CALL NOW if you want to get hot water faster 386-774-8080