Water Heaters – Tankless vs Conventional

water heater infoThe goal in any industry is to make the product better and more efficient. This holds true for household appliances. There have been great strides made in plumbing as well. However, not all new innovations are the proper fit for every user.

The tankless water heater has been the latest innovation in the water heating business. Many people have installed them and are using them. But, a traditional tank water heater is still the most-used in the home and business. There is a certain reliability and effectiveness you get from a tank heater. Continue reading

Signs it May be Time to Repipe Your Florida Home

replace old plumbingThe dreaded repipe. Many home-owners are aware of the process. Your home’s piping is old and decaying and it is time to replace it. Sounds like an enormous project, one in which there will be workers walking through your house all day and plastic covers are draped from wall to wall.

It really isn’t that bad.

The fact is that you can get a nice repipe for a very affordable price. You don’t have to rip out your existing plumbing system. Many times the plumber can go through the attic and create a work around. Continue reading

Fixing Washing Machine Drain Clogs

washing machine drain clogYour washing machine works without a hitch 99.9% of the time. But there are a few things that can go wrong with this appliance. One such thing is a washing machine drain clog.

There is a drain behind the machine that allows for the dirty and /or sudsy water to be evacuated from the machine into your main sewer line. The machine has a special drain pipe which dumps directly into your sewer out line. Continue reading

Why are There Black Specks in my Water?

black specks coming out of faucet?

Do you have tiny black specks in your water?

If you are seeing black specks in your water then something is most definitely wrong. In this article we will explain what those specks probably are and how to get rid of them for good.

The most likely cause of black specs in your water are one of these four culprits:

  1. Pipe corrosion – Old corroded pipes will start to degrade and tiny pieces of the pipe will wash away in the water.
  2. Corroded Water Heater – If the black specks only seem to appear when you are using hot water, this may be due to an old corroded water heater.
  3. Are the Specks rubbery? This means they may be coming from the faucet/hose itself. Rubber seals and grommets can degrade over time and break apart piece-by-piece.
  4. Are you on Well Water? – For our friends outside of city limits on well water, if you notice black specks in your water you probably will see brown and lightly colored specks too. This could mean that your well is pulling some dirt into the system. There are many other important reasons to install a good filter in your well water system.

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You Come Back Home and Your House is Flooded

what to do if your house floodsThe only reason we are writing an article on this topic is because it happens. More often than you may think. Here is what to do if this ever happens to you.

You and your significant other go out for dinner and a movie. When you come back home there is an inch or two of water covering the entire floor. Ughh.

Step 1: Don’t Panic.

Step 2: Find the source of the problem. Yes this mean walking through your water covered floors. Its a tough job but somebody’s got to do it.

Step 3: After you have identified what is leaking, shut off the house water supply. Continue reading

How to Unclog Toilet if Plunger isn’t Working

Diagram of a Toilet90% of all toilet clogs can be solved with the standard toilet plunger. This is an item you can buy at the dollar store and is worth its weight in gold when you really need it.

But there are times where you have a clog and the plunger isn’t working. This is a terrible feeling but remain calm. There are some steps you can try before you have to call a professional plumber.

In this article we list the step you can try on your clogged toilet before you have to call in the pros. Below are those steps: Continue reading

Increasing Home Retail Value with Plumbing Upgrades

Modern low flow shower head to improve home valueWe all know that upgrades of any type can increase your home’s value. But if you are really looking to give it a large boost in value, you should start with plumbing upgrades.

Many of these are items that people can see and touch. Modern plumbing fixtures brings a lot of value in the eyes on the home buyer. They know that they will not have to worry about replacing or working on these items anytime in the near future.

Low Flow Toilets

These toilets, also known as Low Flush Toilets, save the homeowner money in the long run. They are engineered to get the same flushing power at much less water consumption. Plus, some of the newer styles of toilet are very impressive looking. Continue reading

Reasons My Floor Drain is Backing Up

floor drain back upA floor drain backing up can be very frustrating and annoying. They can be baffling too. People will run all types of drain cleaners and potions through their floor drain trying to get it to work properly. But it may not be the drain itself that isn’t functioning properly. It may be your plumbing system.

The floor drain is the lowest drain in the home so this will be the first place waste water will go if there is a problem with it exiting the premises. In other words, a clog elsewhere may be causing the floor drain to back-up.

This is true of any drain back-up. The lowest drains in the system will routinely start to back-up if there is a problem with the main sewer line. Continue reading

3 Simple Steps to Prepare Your Plumbing for Hurricane Season

hurricane plumbing tipsUnfortunately, its that time of year where big swirling storms arrive from the lower Atlantic. This is all part of nature’s way of redistributing heat from the equator. Florida just happens to be in the way a lot of the time.

There are some simple steps you can take to help prepare your plumbing for the oncoming storms. In this article we will go over what you can do. Continue reading

Tips to Reduce Allergens and Mold in Your Home

Mold prevention tipsPlumbing directly involves the bringing in of freshwater to a home and the removal of wastewater. Many times we run into areas around leaking plumbing that has mold. Mold is a leading cause for allergies. With this in mind we decided to write this article on tips that will help prevent mold and other allergens from being present inside your home. Continue reading