When you flush your toilet or drain your bathtub, you probably never give a second thought to your plumbing – unless, of course, it is not working right.
Plumbing has become an essential part of our lives. It is needed for a variety of sanitary reasons and also for the comfort factor. Imagine living in a home with no plumbing – that would be quite a hardship. No running water to help cook dinner. No hot water to enjoy a shower on a cold snowy morning.
Plumbing has been around for a long time. But when did it start? What was the first attempt in history to make our lives easier with plumbing? Just these few facts from history will help you appreciate it every time your toilet flushes and your tub drains. Read more
If you’ve lived in your home for a number of years, you probably won’t think much about what type of water heater you should buy. Because your home is already set up using either an electric or gas water heater, unless you are willing to go through an entire home renovation, you’ll probably stick with the same system.
Yet if you are building your new home from the ground up, the choice will be there.
A gas water heater, in general, is cheaper to use and will create hot water faster. The larger your family, the more water you demand through a large home, the more benefits a gas water heater will have. Yet the one drawback is location. A gas water heater cannot be installed in a living area, and must be kept out of bathrooms or bedrooms.
Electric water heaters can be installed almost anywhere. While most people think electric water heaters are outdated devices, they have had major improvements since their invention. They can be installed under your sink or in tight locations – perfect for small living spaces, such as condos. Read more
In today’s society, living a “green” life is becoming quite popular. Living green means you are doing your part to help protect and preserve the environment and the planet.
There are many ways that you can do your part for the environment and planet. You can drive a hybrid automobile or, even better, not drive at all and utilize bicycles. You can use energy-saving lights and appliance, and you can make recycling a part of your daily routine. Another way to live a green life is with green plumbing. Read more
As a green plumber and water conservationist, we look at water in a slightly different way. Which is why we are happy celebrating World Water Day 2012 today.
Do you know how much water you actually consume every day? Do you know how you can change your diet and reduce your water footprint? That’s the heart of this years World Water Day campaign, Water and Food Security.
With more than 7 billion people on earth in need of food and water, and another 2 billion expected to join Earth by 2050, food and water is at the heart of survival. Statistics show that it takes about 1500 liters of water to produce 1 kg of wheat. Yet it takes 10 times more to produce 1 kg of beef. If we are going to feed all the people on earth, we need to look differently at the way we create food. And because all food requires water to produce it, it ultimately comes down to water conservation. Read more
Nothing gives you a worse feeling than when you flush the toilet or pull the drain plug on your tub, only to find the water not draining.
This is a sure sign of a clog, and unfortunately, you have no idea how far-reached the clog really is.
Clogs are often the result of a build-up – for instance, hairs becoming stuck to the sides of your pipes. It may take weeks or even months, yet build up eventually occurs and the water will no longer flow.
If you are faced with a clog, your first instinct might be to get a liquid drain cleaner. These harsh chemicals may or may not work – all you can do is try them. However, not only are they not good for the environment, they may only remove part of the clog. In many cases, they do nothing at all for the clog and you have simply wasted your money. Read more
Whether you are buying a new home or upgrading your current home, one of the best ways to have a new look is to update your appliances.
When you first begin thinking about appliance choices, your mind will probably go straight to color. Do you stick with traditional white? Do you upgrade to stainless steel? Or should you try custom designs that will match your cabinets?
Once you have made your color choice, the next step is to examine whether you prefer gas or electric. If you have one or the other in place, you may prefer to stick with what ou have. Yet if you are redesigning your kitchen, now may be the perfect time to make a change.
Does your business have leaky pipes and rusty water? Are you bothered about the awful water pressure and slab leak? Does the tap water taste bitter or turn a strange color?
Modern plumbing is something we can’t live without. And we don’t think much about it until we begin having problems. Yet because our plumbing system is something we use every day, there will come a time when the system itself begins to have problems.
Piping in general lasts around 25 to 50 years. Yet due to the amount of water and waste we send through our pipes and the buildup occurring within the system, some piping begins showing problems as early as 5 to 10 years. It may be as small as a pinhole link. Or you may have complaints about your water tasting funny or changing to a brownish color. When you call in the plumber and they give you the devastating news that you have a serious plumbing issue, that’s when you’ll really start thinking about how much we rely on a quality system. Read more
Nothing can be worse than getting up in the morning to a cold shower.
If your hot water tank is not producing hot water, you may need to do some troubleshooting to see exactly what the problem is. Taking a look at some of the most common reasons why your hot water tank may not be producing hot water and how to correct the problem will help keep you “in hot water” for many years.
In most cases, when a hot water heater is not producing hot water, the pilot light has gone out. To see if this is the problem, look to see if the pilot light is lit. If it is out, relighting it should successfully correct the problem.
In other cases, the problem lies with the thermocouple. A thermocouple is a sensor used to measure temperature. It consists of two dissimilar metals wires joined at one common junction on your water heater. Tightening or repositioning the thermocouple may be an easy solution to your problem. And in many cases, this will restore your water heater’s ability to produce hot water. If you aren’t sure where the thermocouple is or tightening it doesn’t work, it may be time to call in a professional. Read more
Thinking of remodeling your kitchen this year? Or maybe just upgrading a few things to give it a new look and feel?
While most people think of appliances when it comes to upgrades, your kitchen sink may actually be an easier choice. Stainless steel is the composition of choice in today’s modern kitchens. Not only does stainless steel look great, it functions equally well.
There are many different questions you must ask yourself before you go out and purchase your new sink. Are all sinks made with the same type of stainless steel? Is the thickness of the steel important? Do you need a double sink or just a single one? Or should you change the look altogether, and choose one with multiple bowls and options?
Not all sinks are made with the same type of stainless steel. Some types will appear shiny and attractive, but will often dull and rust quickly. Higher grades of stainless steel will help delay corrosion and rust for many years to come. If you are purchasing a new sink, you should consider buying one constructed of higher grade steel to prevent such issues from occurring. Read more
With tighter times, people are taking a closer look at their spending. They cut back on things they don’t need, and they look for alternate solutions for things they do.
Why call in a professional if there is a product on the market that claims to do the same thing for a fraction of the cost? Walk down the cleaning aisle of your local hardware or discount store and you’ll find a variety of products that make huge claims. With such an affordable “Do-It-Yourself” solution available, why should we fork over the money to pay a professional for drain cleaning?
Drain Cleaners don’t always work – While it is true there are several excellent clog clearing chemicals available at your local store, these may not be the best choice for that clog gone awry. If your clog is too big, the chemicals may not be enough to clear it. While the chemicals may seem to fix the problem, they might just be delaying and causing a more difficult problem that will surface at a later date. Read more