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How to Save on Your Plumbing Repair Project (Contd.)

If you need to have a plumbing repair done, make sure you follow some money-saving tips.

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Plumbing Repair and How to Save Money

As we covered previously, it’s a good idea to keep your fixtures clean and working well. Here’s an industry secret for you regarding plumbing.  A great many  plumbing repairs involve just replacing the parts that are not functioning or replacing otherwise faulty parts. So if you have a washer going bad in your sink, replace the washer, not the sink.

Makes sense, however, a lot of times a national plumbing chain eager to make a fast buck will suggest that the entire sink assembly be replaced rather than doing this simple plumbing repair.  A new sink can cost anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred.  A washer, on the other hand, costs below a dollar as a rule.   You can replace them with the help of your  local plumber, and they may be able to even supply the part.

As to what a washer is: “A washer is a thin plate (typically disk-shaped) with a hole (typically in the middle) that is normally used to distribute the load of a threaded fastener, such as a screw or nut. Other uses are as a spacer, spring (belleville washer, wave washer), wear pad, preload indicating device, locking device, and to reduce vibration (rubber washer). Washers usually have an outer diameter (OD) about twice the width of their inner diameter (ID). Washers are usually metal or plastic. High quality bolted joints require hardened steel washers to prevent the loss of pre-load due to Brinelling after the torque is applied. Rubber or fiber gaskets used in taps (or faucets, or valves) to stop the flow of water are sometimes referred to colloquially as washers; but, while they may look similar, washers and gaskets are usually designed for different functions and made differently.
Washers are also important for preventing galvanic corrosion, particularly by insulating steel screws from aluminium surfaces.” [READ SOURCE ARTICLE]

Plumbing Costs and Final Thoughts

It is much cheaper to fix a problem when it is smaller than before it becomes a big problem.  For example, letting a faucet drip can cost you a lot on your water bill, and ultimately be an expensive repair.

So take care your problems when they’re small, and all of your plumbing repairs will be minor ones.

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How to Save On Your Plumbing Repair Project

Are you planning to carry out plumbing repair in your home? If yes, it’s necessary to ensure that all the plumbing fixtures are working the right way.  One of the best ways is to call in a professional for help.

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Plumbing Repair in Tampa:  How to Keep Costs Down and Still Get it Fixed

All plumbing repairs cost something, whether you do them yourself or hire someone. Thus, it is important to look for ways that you can try to reduce the cost of the entire project to ensure that you do not strain your budget.

We may have a vested interest in saying this, but don’t try to do plumbing repairs on your own if you have no experience or training in how to do them.  You have a big learning curve if you do.  Saving money on plumbing repairs  this way requires you to be comfortable with performing light repairs and maintenance by yourself. However, you have to be 100 sure that you can do the repair effectively to avoid making mistakes that may be costly in the long end. Now you can go through do it yourself tutorials online, and sometimes they even work.  However, if you miss one step, you could find yourself scrambling to find the shutoff valve for your house while your kitchen or bathroom is flooding all the while.   However, is there anything you can do to keep a plumbing repair cost down?

Plumbing Tips

First off, clean and maintain your plumbing fixtures regularly. It is advisable to keep your plumbing fixtures clean at all times to prevent future problems. You can do this by cleaning your garbage disposal regularly using tablet cleaner or powder. Remove the debris regularly from the faucet aerators, by soaking them in vinegar or unthreading them. As the Tampa area has relatively hard water, clean your faucets as well to remove any lime or mineral deposits. Just these simple tips can help you to save you potentially hundreds of dollars.

Should you hire a plumber?  Yes.  There are many plumbers available to you. Whiler there a lot of plumbers in Tampa, a local plumber will be able to charge you a lower price than a plumber from outside Florida. You should also work with a certain plumber for long in order develop a strong working relationship. By doing this, you may get discounts for being a long term  or repeat customer.

So remember, know what  your’re doing.  When you don’t, then call your plumber in Tampa.

In our next article, we will cover a few more plumbing repair tips designed to save you money in the long run.

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Practical Plumbing Repair and Maintenance in Winter (Contd.)

Winter is here, so it is time to winterize your pipes.  

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WInterize Your Pipes | (727) 475-1474

Winterizing Your Pipes: The Basics

While Florida in general and the Tampa area are both blessed with temperate to warm weather at this time of year, winter pipe freezes can and do occur.  So you want to make sure you prepare yourself and your pipes for this eventuality.  First off, weatherproof vulnerable areas.  Look for outdoor areas with exposed plumbing. Make sure that places such as vent fans, doorways, and windows are all tightly sealed.  If you find any loose seals, use some caulking to stop your pipes from freezing.  Fix cracked windows as well to keep freezing temperatures out.

Insulate exposed pipes to protect them from the winter weather. Insulating pipes is both cheap and easy.   It can be as simple as foam tubing, or wrapping terry cloth around your pipes.  This also helps to lower your electric bills.   Vulnerable pipes that are close to electrical sources should be insulated with electrical heating tape. Heat tape, which can be wrapped around the pipes, is a great tool for providing just enough heat to keep your pipes from freezing.  But what about winterizing your interior pipes?  

Interior Pipes: Keep Them Warm

Keep all of your home’s indoor pipes warm. Though they aren’t as vulnerable as outdoor pipes can be, your indoor pipes need a bit of protection from the winter weather as well. Indoor pipes can also freeze in cold weather, however, they are surprisingly easy to winterize. Something as simple as opening cabinet doors allows your home’s heat to warm the pipes to the point that freezing is extremely unlikely. If you are planning on being away from home for an extended period of time, make sure to set your interior thermostat to a minimum of 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Letting your indoor faucets drip steadily when the temperature outside drops below 30 degrees Fahrenheit can help prevent pipes from bursting and causing serious damage as well. A slightly higher water bill is far cheaper than the thousands on average you’d need to re-pipe your attic.

Bottom line, you want to take a few steps to not only protect your pipes from freezing but to save yourself a lot of hassle and money as well, and to avoid costly water damage repairs from a broken pipe.  These simple fixes you can do yourself and if you need any help then it is merely a matter of getting in contact with a residential plumber.

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Practical Plumbing Repair and Maintenance

A lot of plumbing problems can be easily avoided.  How?  By simple maintenance tricks that you can do on your own…

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How to Avoid Plumbing Problems

Except for rare cases, a lot of plumbing problems can be avoided. First off, check for leaks. Even the tiniest leak can lead to unmanageable flooding if it isn’t noticed or taken care of immediately. The resulting water damage can be expensive too. Start with the outside of your home first.  Check all exterior walls, unheated basements, garages and crawl spaces, especially those areas that lack insulation as these areas are more prone to pipe damage particularly during the winter.

We know what you’re thinking?  Pipes freezing in Florida?  Really?  Yes.  Look at all the Polar Vortex type storms.  All it takes is an unprotected pipe, a bit of cold weather, and you could find yourself facing a plumbing nightmare of epic proportions.   On the subject of cold weather….

Winterize Your Pipes

Drain and insulate all outdoor faucets and pipes in your home plumbing system before winter if possible.  Any water trapped in outdoor pipes may freeze, expand, and then crack, break, or burst the pipes. Drain and disconnect all garden hoses and use a hose bib or faucet cover to insulate your outdoor faucets from freezing temperatures.  For sprinkler systems, shut off the water flow into the system and drain all water from the pipes. For further assistance with winterizing, most residential plumbers can help you with the draining and insulating process for your home plumbing.

Above all else, make sure that you protect your home from the elements.  Once you’ve checked the outside of your home, it’s then a good idea to look for leaks inside your home as well.  A residential plumber can help here as well, though there are a couple of simple tricks to find any leaks.  Locate the water meter for your home.  Make sure that there aren’t any appliances that use water in operation and that no one is taking a shower or a bath.  Watch your water meter for about one minute.  If the number does not change, congratulations, you don’t have a leak.    If it goes up, however, then you’re dealing with a leak somewhere.  So, look around and see if you can see any water puddling, or smell a musty smell.  Sometimes, you can hear water dripping if the house is quiet enough. Ultimately, however, going to need to call a residential plumber

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Plumbing Upgrades: Picking Fittings and Fixtures

Plumbing upgrades are all about picking the right fittings and fixtures.

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Call a Plumber for Any Plumbing Repair | (727) 475-1474

What is the Difference Between a Plumbing Fitting and a Plumbing Fixture?

What is the difference between a plumbing fitting and a plumbing fixture? Plumbing fittings include are usually things such as pipes as well as the connecting joints. Plumbers that install fittings usually pick high quality ones to avoid any problems.

A plumbing fixture is something that is attached to a pipe such as a faucet or water using appliance such as a dishwasher.  While they are important, a lot of people are more concerned with them then they are with the plumbing fittings underneath and in the walls of their homes.

That’s why you want a safe plumbing network. If the plumbing fittings are loose or damaged you could end up with a leak on your hands.  What a lot of people don’t know is that a simple leaking pipe, if undetected can lead to a crumbled foundation or bad walls.

Why Good Plumbing Matters

Plumbing  need regular checkups as well as maintenance. You want to make sure you pick the right fittings for your plumbing type as well.  For example, if your pipes are copper, you want brass fittings.  Pipe fittings are usually made of steel, copper, PVC or CPVC.  Never mix and match incompatible plumbing fittings.  For example, don’t mix copper and steel or PVC and metal.  Sometimes, if you’re not careful, adverse chemical reactions can occur.  In addition, while a lot cheaper than metal pipes, plastic pipes such as PVC and CPVC are more vulnerable to breaking during a pipe freeze. That’s why you may wish to call a plumber instead.  They have access to suppliers that you won’t and they know what does and doesn’t work well together.  Part of it is due to the amount of knowledge, training and experience plumbers have to have as a rule.  To be a licensed plumber, by state law, a plumber has to go through years of school, training, and apprenticeship before he can offer services on his own.

Remember, you don’t want an additional problem on top of the problem you’re calling a plumber for.  Hiring someone without proper qualifications to work on plumbing repairs is never the greatest idea.  Some people do this to save money and end up spending far more than they would have if they had just called a plumber in the first place.

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Hiring a Plumber in Trinity, FL and What to Look For

When you want a plumber in Trinity, you have to know what to look for.

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Normal Duties You Can Expect From Your Plumber

Everyone knows that plumbers fix pipes.  However, they are also involved in construction, such as laying new pipes, fittings, and fixtures.  If you’re building a new home, you are going to need to call a plumber.  If you have a new home, you’ll need to call a plumber both for repair jobs and for upgrading existing pipes and fixtures.  In the case of a new home, your plumber should work in conjunction with the other personnel who are building your home.  There are many factors to be considered before contracting a plumbing service in Trinity. Don’t pick the first one you come across. You should only hire a reputable plumbing company or contractor who has both years of experience and a good reputation.

How to Search For a Plumber

When you’re looking for a plumbing company, start with an online search.  Look at review sites and online directories. Look for honest reviews.  How can you spot honest reviews?  Well for one, people have a tendency to write either a lot or very little when they’re reviewing a business.  Universally positive comments such as “They’re great!!!!” or “I love them!”” without any reasons why the reviewer thinks that they are all that are usually signs of fake reviews.  Take your time.  Find your plumber before you are ankle deep in water.  Once you find one, make a list of what you want him to do.  Do you need a bunch of plumbing repairs or do you want to upgrade your fixtures and fittings?  In a new home, what do you need him for? While you might think it is just for the kitchen sink and the bathroom sink, you can also request his help in connecting your garbage disposal and the water line for your refrigerator.  Maybe you want a dual head shower, or a step in bathtub. Do you need him to connect your dishwasher? How about your washing machine?

Remember, the more you know ahead of time, the more likely you’ll be able to control your costs a bit.  And if you have any questions, don’t remain silent.  Ask them and use your voice.  That way you are sure you’re not just getting a contractor.  You are hiring a licensed plumber in Trinity.

A plumber is one thing, but do you know the difference between a fixture and a fitting?

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Plumbing: No Pressure Here, But You May Have a Leak (Contd)

No pressure here, but you may have a leaky pipe. Then again, you may not. You may have a problem that is caused by a very unusual life form.  Since Halloween is only a week away, here is something scary to consider.

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You May Have Zebra Mussels Blocking Your Pipes | (727) 475-1474

Zebra Mussels May Be Blocking Your Pipes

They’re small, less than 1/4th of an inch, they have cousins that people eat in restaurants, and they are one of the worst invasive species.  They are zebra mussels, and they are getting to be a big problem in the United States, and they have caused damage even here in Tampa.  And if you have them, you may have to call a plumber in to remove a section of  your pipes.

Zebra mussels? Scary?  How can something so small cause so much angst and worry? Well, all it takes is one zebra mussel to establish itself and it sends a chemical signal to draw other mussels.  To make matters worse, zebra mussels also breed prolifically and they cost the US billions of dollars every year both in efforts to eradicate them as well as repairing damage that they have caused.

Where Do Zebra Mussels Come From and Why They’re A Plumbing Problem

Zebra mussels are originally from Russia, and they were introduced everywhere else by accident.  They cling to the sides of boats, docks, and will literally attach anywhere that is a surface.  They can even stack up on top of each other.  Considering that they are a mollusk with a hard shell, you can see how they can block your pipes. There are dozens of pictures of damage that they’ve caused blocking pipes.  The backup can literally cause a pipe segment to break.  This in turn causes losses from water damage as well as the cost to remove and replace the section of pipe.

If you’re experiencing a loss in water pressure, however, don’t push the panic button.  There can be a lot of reasons why your water pressure can be dropping. You may not have zebra mussels at all in other words.

However, you probably don’t want to take that chance. If you’re experiencing a drop in water pressure instead of letting the problem build up to the point that it becomes a major problem, you may want to call a plumber in to fix your pipes, before you’re ankle deep in water.

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Plumbing: No Pressure Here, But You May Have a Leak

How do you know if you have a leaky pipe?  Well the obvious way to tell is if you find water where there isn’t supposed to be any.  However, there is another way to sometimes tell.  It has to do with a change in your water pressure.

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How to Diagnose Plumbing Leaks

First off, unless you have added either new pipes, new fixtures, or a new water-using appliance somewhere, your water pressure should stay constant.  If you haven’t added any of these things, and all of a sudden when you turn on your faucet or spigot you aren’t getting as much water as you once did, it could indicate a problem.

One way that your water pressure could drop is if you have a pipe freeze.  While it isn’t too common in the Tampa area, it can happen.  This time of year though, you can probably eliminate that as a cause of a water pressure drop.  The next thing that can happen is a blockage in the pipes.  This is a possibility as well, particularly if you live in an older home and/or you don’t have a water softener.  How a blockage forms is usually due to mineral deposits.  Tampa’s water is from artesian wells, which means that it comes from fossil springs.  Over time these minerals build up and bit by bit the water pressure drops.  It takes a long time for minerals to reach the point that a pipe is completely blocked, however.  A lot of times when your water pressure drops, it’s best to go with the simplest explanation.  You have a plumbing leak somewhere.

Look, Smell and Listen for Water Leaking

Can you hear a drip in the walls?  Can you see puddles of water anywhere?  What about smells?  Do you smell something that has a musty smell?  If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, then you have probably narrowed down the cause of your loss of water pressure.  A broken pipe is a lot easier to find than a minor leak, obviously.

So remember, that if you have plumbing leaking somewhere it manifests in a lot of ways.  One way is a puddle where there shouldn’t be one, or a musty smell, or maybe the sound of water dripping.  One way to tell is a loss of water pressure.

While a leaky pipe is one source of a lack of water pressure, there is another unusual reason too, and it is very weird, and  biological in nature…

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Types of Plumbing

What gets a lot of people into trouble is the fact that there are many different types of plumbing.

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Plumbing comes in different Types| (727) 475-1474

How to Tell Pipes Apart

Let’s say you want to do a plumbing project.  You want to add a guest bathroom.  What type of pipes should you use?  First off, you need to know that pipes are different from each other.  There are different sizes, lengths and widths, and more.  According to the site DUMMIES.COM: “The most common pipes used today are copper, PVC, or ABS. However, when dealing with older homes, you might encounter a number of other piping material. For example, homes built before 1960 used galvanized steel or cast iron DWV (drain/waste/vent) pipe systems.

Here’s a quick look at types of pipes commonly used in homes, beginning with the pipes used for DWV systems.

Cast iron: Commonly used before 1960 for the vertical drain, vent stacks, and sometimes the horizontal drain lines. Cast iron is durable, but can rust over time. Call a professional plumber to replace rusted sections with plastic (PVC or ABS) and the correct transition fittings.

Plastic: Plastic pipe comes as either ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) or PVC (polyvinyl-chloride). Most homes since mid-1970 have plastic pipes and fittings because it’s inexpensive and easy to use. Simply glue the joints using a primer and liquid cement.

ABS: This black pipe was the first plastic pipe to be used in residential plumbing. Today, many areas don’t allow ABS in new construction because joints can come loose. Check with your local plumbing inspector if you want to use ABS. [READ MORE]

Picking the Right Pipe for a Job

The reason you want to hire a plumber for your project may be as simple as facing a big learning curve.  You have to pick the right pipe for the job and the wrong pipe could end up being a ticking time bomb up in your attic crawlspace, or under your slab.

So remember, for something as simple as it really is, plumbing can be complex at the same time.  So cut through the complexity and call a local plumber in your area for help.

There are more types of pipes than what is covered here.  Be sure to read part two as well.

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Plumbing Upgrades Part 3

Remodeling your kitchen should also involve a plumber’s help.  A plumber is more than just a new kitchen sink, what about installing a new disposal?

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Install a New Garbage Disposal

In our last article, we covered installing a dishwasher that was Energy Star compliant.  While you can’t get an EnergyStar compliant garbage disposal, you can get garbage disposals that are more energy-efficient.

Why install energy efficient appliances?  Well for one, whether it is a garbage disposal, or dishwasher, when an appliance is energy efficient, it means that it uses resources more efficiently.  According to the site eHow.com: “If your garbage disposal is more than ten years old, most newer models will be more efficient.When shopping for a new garbage disposal, you can check each disposal’s packaging for information about its energy consumption to compare efficiency.”  Read More

That means that you will end up saving some serious money on your utility bills every month and on an annual basis.  In addition, sometimes a disposal will start showing its age when you’re having to repair it a lot.  You can often prolong a disposal unit’s life by running ice through it to keep the blades sharp and by cleaning it periodically with white vinegar.  However, after a while, you’ll find that like all machines, it will start to wear out.
When it is time to install a new unit, however, you want to make sure that you call a plumber to install a new garbage disposal.

Why Call a Plumber?

Why call a plumber to install a new garbage disposal?  While it is possible to do some repairs of a disposal, you want to make sure that you use a great deal of caution when working on a unit yourself.  You are probably better off calling a plumber to avoid any potential risk or quite literal threat to life and limb.  An average garbage disposal spins at high RPMs.  If the switch is triggered, or you accidentally start it, it is more than powerful enough to sever a finger or even a hand.  Don’t believe us?  One of the biggest causes of injuries to people are household accidents.

So remember, you want a beautiful home, and you want any remodeling projects to help add to your home as well.  So to avoid being a statistic somewhere, be smart.  Call a local plumber to help.

For more information, be sure to read part one and part two of this series as well.

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