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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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7139 Mitchell Blvd. 
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New Port Richey, FL. 34655
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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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7139 Mitchell Blvd. 
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New Port Richey, FL. 34655
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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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New Port Richey, FL. 34655
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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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7139 Mitchell Blvd.
Suite 2210
New Port Richey, FL. 34655
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Plumbing Upgrades Part 2: A New Look for Your Kitchen

Remodeling your kitchen should also involve a plumber’s help.  Part two of our series explores dishwashers…

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Install a new dishwasher | (727) 475-1474

Install a New Dishwasher

A plumber can also help you to install a new dishwasher.

According to the site ABOUT.COM: “a dishwasher is considered an integral portion of the kitchen. Advances in building materials and new technology has made new dishwashers convenient, sleek and conservation minded.

New Coveted Features

Built in food disposers
Adjustable water-pressure controls
Tall bottom tubs for larger pots
Stainless steel tubs
Energy Star
LED displays
Sanicycle
Dishwasher Size and Types

More important to the buying process is how it will fit into your kitchen’s design. Dishwashers come in standard width of 24-inches. Custom cabinetry does not always accommodate these sizes. If hacking up a new cabinet strikes fear to the very depths of your being there are other options. Many models have portable counterparts. There are also drawer style models that lend themselves to a sleek-modern look. [READ MORE]

Do I Just Need to Worry About How a Dishwasher Looks

Not at all, you are going to need a plumber to connect your dishwasher.  Even though the connections are relatively simple, it would not do you a lot of good to connect the waste line to the water intake and vice-versa.  A plumber can also help you to get a unit that is a better fit for your kitchen than your current unit, and we’re not just referring to the size of the dishwasher.  For example, one of the trends that is both eco-friendly and ultimately cost saving are Energy-Star compliant appliances.  While you may pay a few bucks more for such a unit, an Energy-Star compliant dishwasher will save you not just on water use, but on electricity consumption as well.

While installing a dishwasher is something a plumber can do for your kitchen’s plumbing, there is a lot more that he can help you with concerning your kitchen.  Our next article will cover some additional plumbing jobs that he can help you with as well.

So remember, you want to make sure that when you are thinking about home improvements, that you have the right people to help you turn your dream into reality, and one of the best people to call is a plumber in Tampa.

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

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7139 Mitchell Blvd.
Suite 2210
New Port Richey, FL. 34655
(727) 475-1474
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Plumbing Upgrades Part 1: A New Look for Your Bathroom

A plumber in Tampa isn’t just about repairs.  Sometimes, he can be a highly skilled design professional.

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Get a Plumbing Remodeling Done Today | (727) 475-1474

A Plumber in Tampa: Using Design Techniques

A plumber in Tampa is more than just an installation and repair guy.  He is also a highly skilled design professional.  Want to add a new bathroom?  Well, you’re going to need someone to not only design the pipe framework and install it, you’re also going to need someone who can update your home’s blueprints.

Let’s say you have a bit of money, so you hire a decorator to remodel your bathroom.  He or she really knows their stuff.  They help  you to pick out the fixtures that transform your bathroom from boring to brilliant.  You’re getting new tiling, new paint, installing a step in bathtub, several new light fixtures, and of course, new bathroom fixtures.  Where does a plumber come in?  Well, unless the decorator has even more skills, he or she is going to need to subcontract.  The light fixtures need an electrician’s touch.  He or she would need to call a tiling professional to put in the tile, and a painter to paint the room.  And as for the bathtub and the plumbing fixtures, guess who is on the short list to call?  That’s right: a local plumber.

When to Call a Plumber

During the design process, the plumber should be towards the beginning of the remodeling project.  It wouldn’t be very smart to install the tile and paint if the plumber is going to need to open up the wall and rip out the work of someone else.  The plumber will also be able to work with your designer to make sure that the fixtures will be compatible with your plumbing.  We know what you’re thinking.  Can that really be a problem?

In a word, yes.  The designer for example is importing your fixtures from Europe.  As a result, the fittings are metric, not US Standard.  A plumber can take the steps necessary to stop a plumbing fiasco.  In addition, he can make the conversion as seamless as possible with very little effort involved.

So remember, a plumber is more than just your repair pro.  He is also a highly trained design professional who can take your remodeling dreams from drawing board to reality. Call a plumber if you wish to remodel your bathroom, your kitchen, or for any plumbing needs.

For more information, be sure to read part two and part three as well.

PUR Plumbing Inc.
7139 Mitchell Blvd.
Suite 2210
New Port Richey, FL. 34655
(727) 475-1474
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Plumbing Repairs Part II: Find Your Plumber

Part two of our series on how to find a plumber for plumbing repairs focuses on the power of a good reputation.

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

Why Does a Plumber’s Reputation Matter?

Why does a plumber’s reputation matter?  Well, reputation is another thing a plumber achieves that has to be earned.  People do not give their trust to any sort of service personnel unless there are a lot of factors present.  People look for integrity, workmanship, efficiency and other categories.

A plumber’s qualifications and license aren’t enough.  He has to have a good reputation around town, or you could end up wasting your money.  Like a plumber’s license, however, a reputation is something that has to be earned.  Reputation is also something that is more than it used to be.  It used to be that word of mouth took months or even years to show up.  Now, however, reputations can be created and destroyed in real time with online reviews and reputation. According to this article excerpt from WIKIPEDIA: “An online reputation is the perception that one generates on the Internet based on their digital footprint. Digital footprints accumulate through all of the content shared, feedback provided and information that created online.[11] Due to the fact that if someone has a bad online reputation, he can easily change his pseudonym, new accounts on sites such as eBay or Amazon are usually distrusted. If an individual or company wants to manage their online reputation, they will face many more difficulties. This is why a merchant on the web having a brick and mortar shop is usually more trusted. According to one study, 84% of responding business leaders saw the greatest reputation threat online to companies as negative media coverage.[citation needed] The next two greatest threats are customer complaints in the media or on grievance sites online (71%) and negative word of mouth (54%). This negative word of mouth could be from dissatisfied customers…” [READ MORE]

Plumbing Repair in Tampa

Customers will probably be a lot harsher than they normally would in the case of a botched plumbing repair.  It makes sense if you think about it.  How would you feel if you have a leaky pipe, the plumber supposedly fixed it, but not only did he not fix it, he made the problem worse.

So remember, it is a rare combination of things that determine whether you find the right contractor for your job.  So check to see if they are first licensed, and second, if they have a good reputation.  That way you can be sure that you’ve found the right  plumber in Tampa.

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7139 Mitchell Blvd.
Suite 2210
New Port Richey, FL. 34655
(727) 475-1474
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Plumbing Repairs Part I: Find Your Plumber

Part one of a series on how to find a plumber explores some basic things to look for.

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How to Find a Plumber in Tampa

How to find a plumber in Tampa step #1:  Make sure they are licensed.  We can’t stress this enough.  Whether in Tampa or Timbuktu, make sure that your plumber is licensed to do the sort of plumbing repair you need.  Why?

Well a plumbing contractor’s license isn’t just handed to anyone.  It has to be earned. A plumber has to pass an exam administered by the state of Florida.  A plumber also has to have several hours of experience as an apprentice before he can even sit for the test itself.  Why does a license matter so much?

A Plumber in Tampa:  Avoid the Amateurs

A lot of times, people want to find a bargain.  So instead of getting a licensed plumber, they find an ad from someone who has just enough knowledge to be dangerous.  We once had a customer who went with a friend’s son to fix her plumbing in her condo.  He managed to fix her toilet as well as install a new bathroom sink for her, however, he only tightened two connectors, not the third one.  As a result, her bathroom ended up flooding as the hot water spigot popped off and ricocheted off the tile.  The spigot issue caused water damage in the unit below hers.  As a a result, she ended up paying about 10X more once all the damage claims were done.

Residential plumbers have a long list of qualifications.  And that expertise can work for you.  Your plumber has to have a combination of education, experience, and reputation. As to when you should hire a plumber, find a plumber first.  That way, you’re not on an emergency footing.   Being up to the ankles in water is not exactly conducive to finding a plumber.  You’ll most likely jump at the first plumber you find, who may not always be the best choice for your particular problem.

Remember, that you should always go to an expert whenever possible.  Go to a doctor if you’re injured or not feeling well.  Call a policeman if there is a burglar trying to break in to your home.  Call a roofer for your roof and an electrician for your wiring.  And finally, call in a plumber for plumbing repairs in Tampa.

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7139 Mitchell Blvd.
Suite 2210
New Port Richey, FL. 34655
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Commercial Plumbing Part 2

Part two of a series on commercial plumbing explores some typical jobs for a plumbing company.

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Hire a Commercial Plumber | (727) 475-1474

Hire a Commercial Plumber for a Restaurant Sink

Why should you hire a commercial plumber?  Can’t a regular plumber do the same thing?  Well, it depends entirely on the job in question.   For example, a high capacity sink used for washing dishes in a restaurant needs a bit different plumbing than someone who has a regular kitchen sink.  It makes sense.  A commercial sink has to be higher capacity, just as a commercial dishwasher does.  Even if a restaurant has a lot of plates and dishes, for health code reasons, dishes have to be cleaned regularly, and all restaurants have a never ending cycle of food and dishes.  However, it’s not just a sink, it is also the disposal unit

A regular garbage disposal is used a lot, however, a restaurant’s garbage disposal takes it to an entirely different level.  Like a lot of restaurants, every component has to work together perfectly.  The wait staff, the servers, the management, and the kitchen staff are all linked together.  When everything works, the restaurant thrives and prospers.  When something like a clogged disposal acts up, it can cause a problem for the normal operation of the business.  But it can be even worse.  What about a clogged toilet?

Commercial Plumbers and Restaurants

In a home, it’s annoying if a toilet clogs up.  It’s worse in a restaurant.  A lot of restaurants don’t have a big bathroom.  In some cases, the restroom is one customer at a time.  What happens if the one toilet gets clogged?  The restaurant has an emergency on their hands.  Without a functioning toilet, a restaurant runs the risk of being cited by the city for health code violations.  And sometimes, these fines can be substantial.  We once had a customer in a panic that was being fined $1500 for an issue with her bakery’s plumbing.

So remember, as a business owner, you have a lot to do.  And if you own a restaurant, you have a lot on your plate, literally.  So make sure that you get in touch with a commercial plumber whenever you’re having plumbing issues.

For more information on commercial plumbing in Tampa, be sure to read part one as well.

Read one of our other articles about commercial plumbing.

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7139 Mitchell Blvd.
Suite 2210
New Port Richey, FL. 34655
(727) 475-1474
Commercial Plumbing in Tampa

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Commercial Plumbing: Avoid a Plumbing Nightmare

Commercial plumbing is very different from plumbing for homes. Part one of a two part series explores why you should hire a professional for your business.

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Hire a Commercial Plumber in Tampa | (727) 475-1474

Commercial Plumbing and Potential Liability

We once had a customer who had a bistro who ended up needing a commercial plumber in Tampa.  We’ll call her Tara.  Tara bought the business from someone else, and didn’t realize that she had been sold a time bomb.  The previous owner was aware of the fact that the drain was bad. In fact, the bistro was at the end of the sewer line and had been backing up for years, because of the grease clog that had kept building up.  Then one day, like a string of dominoes, all the other businesses started having their toilets back up and overflow.  Tara didn’t know there was a problem until the plumber came in.

We were very busy that week.  Tara was lucky because we were able to get to the problem quickly.  However, if it had gone on, the other businesses could have sued her.  It wasn’t Tara’s fault obviously, but it still could have been a costly and drawn out legal battle, all because of a clogged drain.  What’s more, the city could have fined her as well.  All she got was a warning.  It could have been a lot worse, though.

Property Damage From a Plumbing Screw-Up

We had another customer.  We’ll call him Alex.  Alex wanted to save money on installing another urinal in the bathroom, so he tried to do it on his own and didn’t call a commercial plumber.  He didn’t tighten the pipes in his shop, and the shop next door ended up getting flooded.  He got sued by the business owner, their insurance, and ended up closing his business permanently because of all the fines from the city as well.

So as you see, sometimes, it’s not best to do it yourself, and you need to be careful what you buy.  And if you have a business, you want to make sure that you have a few numbers on speed dial.  For finance, have your bank or financial institution.  For insurance, have an agent.  It wouldn’t hurt to have an electrician and emergency numbers such as police and fire too.  But make sure you have one other number as well.  Make sure that you have the number of a Tampa commercial plumber.

For more information on commercial plumbing in Tampa, be sure to read part two as well.

Read one of our other articles about commercial plumbing.

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7139 Mitchell Blvd.
Suite 2210
New Port Richey, FL. 34655
(727) 475-1474
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