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CPVC Pipe – Benefits in Water Re-Piping

CPVC Pipe

Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride or CPVC pipes are one of the most common materials for water delivery systems in construction today. When the plumbing materials used in the original construction of homes or businesses begin to need repeated leak repairs, exhibit water pressure issues, have rust colored water, or foul smelling water coming from the taps, they have reached the end of their service life. Re-Piping the water lines in your home or business with CPVC pipe is the most cost effective and long lasting solution.

Advantages of Installing CPVC Pipe

CPVC Pipe - Advantages in Water Re-piping

  • Self Insulating with nearly no condensation
  • Pipes and fittings will not rust
  • Prohibits scale build-up inside the pipe
  • Inhibits growth of bacteria inside pipes
  • Light-weight and easy to install or modify
  • Extended service lifespan
  • Quieter flow through and less “water hammers”
  • Resilient to poor water conditions and acidic soils

Re-piping using CPVC pipe is an ideal option for the Tampa Bay area. It is resistant to the affects of the saltier air, and can even be installed directly under concrete slabs with no adverse chemical interactions with the concrete. When installed professionally with the proper CPVC pipe primer and cement, you can be assured of  leak free joints and fittings. Copper piping has a life span of approximately 50 years and galvanized pipe has a lifespan of 20-50 years, both depending on water quality, installation location, and climate.

If your home or business has reached that threshold and you have experienced the symptoms mentioned above, you may want to consider re-piping. Make sure you hire a licensed, insured, reputable plumbing company that only uses quality Schedule 40 CPVC pipe, and applies for the proper plumbing permits and inspections. Do your research, read customer reviews, and choose an experienced plumber who will walk you through the re-pipe process.

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Water Heaters – Residential Guide

A Guide to Residential Water Heaters

Today we will be talking about the two most common types of residential water heaters. Conventional storage tank water heaters that most of us have in our homes, and  tankless water heaters that have become more popular in the past few years.  Both of these types are whole home water heaters that can supply hot water to all fixtures in your home simultaneously.

Water heaters can account for well over 15% of residential energy costs. Choosing the right style and energy source for your household needs is an important decision. The efficiency of water heaters varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, model, and fuel sources.

Storage Tank Water Heaters

The most common type of water heater is the storage tank style that we are all familiar with. They store large amounts of heated water for use when needed.  A small initial investment is needed and they have economical operational costs over time. Energy sources for storage tank water heaters include electric, natural gas, or  propane. (Note: natural gas and propane water heaters require additional venting for safety). Since water heaters can be installed in a closet, garage, basement, or even an attic, there are multiple styles and capacities to choose from to fit your usage and placement needs.  Residential storage tanks range in capacity from 20 to 80 gallons.

For households with:

Water Heaters - Residential Gas

***Vented Natural Gas Water Heater***

1 or 2 people, a 20-30 gallon tank is recommended.

2 – 4 people, 40 gallon tank is recommended.

3-5 people, 50 gallon tank is recommended.

5 or more, 60 gallons or more is recommended.

Short or “low boy” tank styles have a larger circumference and shorter height. They are ideal for placement under cabinetry, on shelving in a utility room, or in an attic.

Medium tank styles are smaller in circumference than the short style and taller in height.  These are the most common tank style and are ideal for larger spaces like garages, utility rooms, and basements.

Tall tank styles are taller and thinner than the medium style. This style is for installation in tight spaces like a closet, small utility room, or to save space in a smaller garage.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless Water Heater

Tankless Natural Gas Water Heater

Tankless water heaters are becoming more popular, especially for condominiums and smaller household with only one or two people. Tankless water heating systems heat water on demand using a natural gas or propane burner (Note: natural gas and propane water heaters require additional venting for safety), or an electric element as it passes through the water heater. They require a larger up-front investment that can be recovered over time by eliminating the energy costs related to keeping a large tank of water at a consistent temperature. Tankless units can save up to 30% of your monthly energy costs related to heating water for your home.

Tankless water heaters are compact units that can easily be mounted on the outside wall, in a garage, or utility closet. Some tankless water heaters come equipped with waterproof remote controls. These allow adjusting the temperature as needed. You might want 120°F when running dishwasher, 104°F for kids bath time, then back up to 110°F to fill the tub for a relaxing soak.

To properly size the tankless hot water heater you will require, you will need to calculate the maximum amount of hot water your home may use at one time. This is known as the flow rate. Flow rate is determined by how many fixtures you expect to be using at the same time, the type of fixtures (kitchen faucet, shower faucet, dishwasher, etc.), and size of supply piping. Contact a licensed plumbing company to assist you in determining the correct flow rate required to properly size the tankless water heater in your home. Remember to always be a smart plumbing consumer. Research the plumbing company before you hire them by checking out their reviews on their website, their BBB ranking and their reviews on Google +.

Other Water Heating Options

There are other water heater options for your home. Hybrid systems employ elements of the storage tank design with the addition of a heat pump to increase hot water production and efficiency. Another type are point of use systems. These systems are smaller, individual water heaters that are installed near the specific locations hot water is required. Point of use units are usually used to supplement a tank or tankless system. Keep an eye out for a follow up post where we will delve further into the hybrid water heaters and point of use water heaters.

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Find a Good Plumber – 8 Simple Steps

Tips on Picking a Good Plumber

How to Find a Good Plumber - 8 Simple Steps

As a 24 hour plumbing company we take a LOT of calls from customers who are cautious and a little distrusting when they call looking for a good plumber. Service providers who visit your home require a higher level of trust and comfort than the dry cleaner or computer store that you visit on their territory. Many times customers will insist on a getting a price for plumbing services over the phone. Because they want the reassurance of price comparing when shopping for services, customers will call multiple plumbers. This is a valid method for shopping for many items and is a practice I have used many times myself. However, plumbing problems can be very complex and nearly impossible to accurately price over the phone.

A good plumber will want to examine the problem and arrive at a true diagnosis. They can then give an accurate written estimate for the plumbing repair service. Therefore, any price you get on the phone is a vague estimate, not a firm price. Additionally, if you use this technique for plumbing services you are putting yourself at the mercy of unscrupulous companies. They will low ball you on the phone just to get their “foot in the door”, and raise the price once they are in your home or business. The best way to be a smarter plumbing consumer is to do some research in finding a good plumber before you need one. This will help to avoid making a  panicked call to to get your plumbing issue fixed by the first plumber that can get to your home or business.

8 Simple Steps to Finding a Good Plumber:

  1. Visit a few local plumbing company websites and look for informative content.
  2. Research the company owner. Is it a faceless chain or local family owned business?
  3. Be sure they are a licensed, bonded, and insured plumbing company.
  4. Insure they provide binding, written estimates explaining the plumbing repairs.
  5. Insure they guarantee their work and the warranties are written on the estimate.
  6. Read their reviews on their website, and sites like Google+ and Home Advisor.
  7. Check the Better Business Bureau website for the plumbing company’s rating.
  8. Make sure there is no trip charge, estimate charge, or fuel charge.

In conclusion, a little research can go along way in finding a good plumber. It can give you the peace of mind you are looking for when you have a plumbing issue in your home or business. Once you have the information and assurance through your research, pick the plumbing company that you are most comfortable hiring. A great place to start your research are local plumbing companies and not the big name-brand chains.

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Bidets – Plumbing Upgrades

Benefits of Installing Bidets

Benefits of Installing Bidets - Plumbing Upgrades

** Standard Toilet with Traditional Faucet Style Bidet **

I did some research on bidets recently for one of our Tampa plumbing customers. They wanted two bidets installed in their existing bathrooms. They prefer that method of personal hygiene and wanted the best options available.  From what I found there are many bidet styles available. From stand alone fixtures, accessories that compliment your existing toilet, or very advanced systems that are integrated into the toilet seat itself. Although not as common in  the United States as in other parts of the world, bidets are becoming more popular in the United States.  Senior citizens and people suffering from any number of injuries and ailments find a bidet easier to use rather than twisting and reaching using conventional toilet paper. In addition, bidets can reduce skin irritation in a very sensitive area.

Environmental Benefits

Integrated Toilet Seat Bidets

**Toilet Seat with Integrated Bidet**

The environmental benefits are also a big attraction in switching to a bidet. Bidets are more in line with “green” living as they reduce the amount of paper products used in your home.  By some estimates we use over 30 billion rolls of toilet paper a year in the U.S. alone. This translates to over 10 million trees and billions of gallons of water. Not to mention the innumerable gallons of chemicals used in the process of turning trees in to soft, convenient rolls of toilet paper. Bidets also make for healthier sewer lines as there is less paper product to cause clogged drains.  So, take an environmental stand, enjoy more comfortable hygiene experience, and experience fewer toilet and drain clogs. Look into investing in a bidet today.

If you are in the market for a bidet or would like to know more about plumbing upgrades for your Tampa Bay area home please contact a local Tampa plumber today.

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Plumbing Permits – The Legal Side of Plumbing

Why Pull Plumbing Permits?

Just spent the better part of the morning and afternoon pulling plumbing permits for some of our upcoming jobs in the Tampa and the Brandon areas. Plumbing projects like home re-pipes, drain replacements, sewer line replacements, and water heater installations require plumbing permits.  Most of all, the municipalities require them  to protect the consumer.

Plumbing Permits

Natural Gas Rheem Water Heater 

If you contract an unlicensed handyman to complete these types of plumbing jobs for you it can cost you. Code enforcement fines, hours of your time, thousands of dollars to repair shoddy workmanship, and out-of-compliance repair can result. In addition, worker injury and damage claims become the property owners responsibility. Lawsuits are always a possibility if unlicensed contractor accidents occurs on your property.

Rather than taking the chance, the plumber you hire should be licensed, insured, and bonded. They will have the ability to handle all of the permitting and inspections required by your local city, county, or municipality. Furthermore, this will alleviate your responsibility for worker injury. Licensed plumbing companies are required to carry workers compensation insurance. While pulling the proper plumbing permits may cost a couple extra dollars and some time at the permitting office. Consumers will have the peace of mind they deserve when hiring a service provider and investing hard earned money in a home’s plumbing  system.

Professional Plumbing Repairs

If you are looking to complete some major plumbing upgrades or repairs make sure to always hire a licensed, insured and bonded plumbing company. They will have experienced plumbers that are trained to comply with all local building codes. For absolutely professional plumbing work, whether it be sewer repair, home re-pipe, 24/7 emergency plumbing services, or just day-to-day plumbing maintenance contact a fully licensed local plumber.

Finally, more information on the permitting and inspection process, read our post on the plumbing service permitting process.

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